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Infrastructure in Australia

Baker & McKenzie's Infrastructure Group provides legal services to domestic and foreign participants in Australia's infrastructure sector. Acting for many of the world's leading infrastructure participants, our clients include governments, trade players, financial investors (including private equity groups), funds (including sovereign wealth funds), builders, operators, equipment suppliers and lenders.

We are renowned for our work in assisting clients to navigate the risks and capture the opportunities associated with Australia's infrastructure sector. To this end, we offer advice on project development and finance, mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution and regulatory matters, in each case supported by experienced lawyers in areas like construction, native title, environment and planning, climate change, equity structuring and tax.

Our extensive involvement in Australia's infrastructure sector gives us immediate access to knowledge relevant to a variety of public and private funding models utilised in Australia. This includes public private partnerships, privatisations and privately financed infrastructure projects, across a range of assets such as airports, hospitals, ports, prisons, rail and transport hubs, schools, telecommunications networks and toll roads.

Through Baker & McKenzie's integrated global offices we work closely with our global offices to ensure that the highest quality legal services are delivered to our clients. Our access to this global platform means that we can offer our clients the experience of working with best-practice standards across the globe.

On 20 August 2014, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior presented a draft legislation that introduces mandatory IT and cyber security measures designed to ensure the protection of IT systems. The Draft IT Security Act is part of the Federal Government's Digital Agenda 2014-2017, and provides for binding minimum IT security standards for critical infrastructures. The attached Client Alert outlines the draft and discusses its requirements.
On 11 July 2014, the German Federal Council (Bundesrat) approved a legislative bill amending the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). The bill already passed the Federal Parliament (Bundestag) on 27 June 2014 and will enter into force on 1 August 2014. The bill fundamentally reforms the EEG towards more market integration and more competition. The client alert provides an overview over the most important amendments for the renewable energy industry.
Foreign investors should examine the latest exemptions to the Federal Law on Investments in Strategic Companies No. 57-FZ, which took effect 6 December. Many of the exceptions address foreign ownership in strategic industries, including mining. The list of strategic activities has also been revised.
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