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New Caledonia Investment Guide

19 February 2013
Author/s: Mathieu Hanaut


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The Pacific Islands have more to offer than simply being a tourist destination. The region is developing quickly and offers new opportunities for outside investors to do business. Key features of New Caledonia are:
  • Rich natural resources and a vibrant mining sector. It is estimated that New Caledonia has approximately 25 percent of the world’s nickel resources.
  • Global resources. Many international companies have a presence, distribute and sell their products in New Caledonia.
  • A strong economy. New Caledonia has the second highest GDP per capita in the Pacific region and it has been increasing since 2009.

The New Caledonia Investment Guide covers the main aspects of establishing and operating a company and outlines the legal system and regulation of business activities in New Caledonia.

The chapters include an overview of company law, mining law, environmental law, immigration legislation and tax considerations.

The guide was written by Baker & McKenzie with the support of ADECAL, the New Caledonia Economic Development Agency.

Baker & McKenzie has a dedicated team of French-qualified lawyers based in Sydney, using their
in-depth knowledge of New Caledonia jointly with the Baker & McKenzie Paris office to best serve clients involved in New Caledonian projects, as well as other projects in the Pacific Islands including French Polynesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga and American Samoa.

For more information about how we can assist in your New Caledonian investments and operations, please contact:

Mathieu Hanaut
Partner - Sydney
T +61 2 8922 5791

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