Justin Shmith, (SBL Shmith)

Justin Shmith, (SBL Shmith): Attorney with Withers SBL
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Justin is a Consultant in the corporate team.

He practises in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, trade sales, shareholder and investor arrangements, private equity, corporate governance and general commercial law.

He has a particular focus on the resources, transport, gaming, agribusiness, tourism, family business, media and infrastructure sectors. He has a keen appreciation of the policy framework in those areas.

Justin is recognised for his skills and experience in cross border transactions and has extensive experience in Asia. He was the Regional Practice Leader for a leading law firm and spent three years as its managing partner in Shanghai.

Justin represents a number of high net wealth families in Australia and overseas on their Australian investments.

Justin’s familiarity with and knowledge of the foreign investment approvals process in Australia is regarded highly by overseas clients. He has also advised many clients on outbound investments in Asia and clients value his judgement and experience in this area. Justin also has advised leading Indian companies on their investments in Australia in the IT and pharmaceutical sectors.

Justin was described as ‘prompt, commercial and constructive’ in The Legal 500-Asia Pacific 2011 and is recognised in the inaugural Euromoney Guide to Leading Practitioners on China. He is a former member of the China Working Group of the International Legal Services Australia Commission and former Honorary Member of the Australian Institute of Foreign Affairs. Justin is recognised in the 2011 to 2015 editions of Best Lawyers.


Food and Agribusiness in Australia-Credit Suisse-March 2017.

LAWASIA -Hong Kong- 2007-Keynote address on Outward Investment by Chinese Companies.

Australian Legal Services Seminar in Shanghai in 2006 on Key Legal and Regulatory Issues for Investments in Australia.

ALB Masterclass-Melbourne and Brisbane-2011-Impact of Australia’s foreign investment laws on M&A-some recent directions.

ACLA Corporate Counsel Conference 2012 on Doing Business in Asia-Tricks and Traps.

Justin has also made an appearance on Sky Business News on foreign investment issues.



Track Record

Acting for PromisePay (now Assembly Payments), an on-line facilitator and escrow service provider with a presence in Australia and the United States, on its Series IV funding, corporate restructuring and share options scheme.

Acting for a listed Taiwanese company on the establishment of an Australian joint venture with its senior management.

Acting for private investors in a newly established provider of aquaculture and horticultural systems for producing fish and vegetables.

Acting for PT CLS, an Indonesian coal company, on its recent USD246 million purchase of 30% of the shares in PT Arutmin from Tata Power Company.

Acting for PetroChina on its joint venture acquisition with Shell of Arrow Energy (valued at A 3.5 billion) (Asia Counsel Deal of the Year 2010)

Acting for China Minmetals on the foreign approvals for its acquisition of OZ Minerals (valued at A 1.4 billion) (Asia Counsel Deal of the Year 2009)

Acting for Jiangsu Shagang (a leading Chinese private company) on its acquisition of the Savage River mine.

Acting for Keolis SA and Downer EDI on their successful bid for a Victorian tram franchise.

Acting for National Express and the Victorian Government in relation the Victorian franchising and rolling stock arrangements

Acting for Lupin in relation to its acquisition of the minority shareholding in a pharmaceutical company in Australia.

Acting for Jack Barclay in relation to the private acquisition of a meat processing facility in Victoria and his subsequent divestment of his interests.

Acting for a Canadian private equity company in relation to the acquisition of a major medical equipment manufacturing business in Australia.

Acting for Ladbrokes in relation to its acquisition of the bookmaker.com on-line gaming business in Australia.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Family businesses
  • Media and reputation
  • Asia Pacific
  • Australia

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
61 3 9092 6501  Phone
+61 3 9653 9006  Fax
Law School Attended:
University of Melbourne, LL.B
Year of First Admission:
1982, Australia


Law Institute of Victoria

Australia China Business Council

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