Corrs Chambers Westgarth has continued to deepen its relationships with two of the world’s largest countries - China and India - through its involvement in three major international business forums held this week.

On Sunday Corrs partner and CEO John W.H. Denton and co-chair of Corrs’ China Business Group Geoff Raby participated in the Australia-China Senior Business Leaders Forum in Canberra, discussing a range of issues aimed at strengthening the bilateral relationship between Australia and China.

On Monday the Business Council of Australia hosted the 4th Australia-China CEO Roundtable Meeting. John attended as part of his role as Chairman of the BCA’s Global Engagement Taskforce and one of the Roundtable’s founding members. He said it was a proud moment to see some of Australia’s top CEOs join their Chinese counterparts in discussing the range opportunities arising from the recent signing of the Free Trade Agreement. The CEOs in attendance included ANZ’s Michael Smith, Fortescue Metals Group’s Andrew Forrest, Telstra’s Catherine Livingstone (BCA President), Bank of China’s Guoli Tian, CITIC Group Corporation’s Zhenming Chang and Baosteel Group Corporation’s Lejiang Xu.

John then joined a number of Australia’s business elite at a Chief Executive’s Round Table with the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in Melbourne on Tuesday. Hosted by Victorian Governor Alex Chernov, the event gave the Indian Prime Minister an opportunity to outline how Australian businesses could work more effectively with the Indian government to boost investment and expand trade. Prime Minister Modi also made it clear that he sees Australia as a priority relationship, outlining a reform program that included new highways, ports, freight corridors and rail modernisation (including high-speed rail). CEOs who attended included BHP Billiton’s Andrew Mackenzie, Rio Tinto’s Sam Walsh and Aurizon’s Lance Hockridge.

John noted, “India and China are key areas of focus for the firm. The forum and roundtables gave Corrs a chance to connect with key Indian and Chinese contacts and Australian business representatives.”

Corrs is continuing to develop its growing global network, which is expanding across key regions, including in the UK, US, Asia and the Middle East.


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