Daniel Moulis is the founder and principal of Moulis Legal. He has a varied practice which typifies the commercial + international philosophy of the firm.
Daniel pioneered the study and practice of international trade law in Australia by private lawyers outside the public sector and academia. He has practiced for three decades across the full spectrum of cross-border business and trade regulation. This has included advice and representation in cross-border contractual and commercial matters, customs law, WTO trade “rules” and other WTO disciplines, free trade agreements, international investment and arbitration.
According to legal ranking agency Who’s Who Legal, Daniel is one of the most highly regarded international trade lawyers in the world, and the only lawyer outside the EU and the US to be ranked in its “top ten”. He has been called upon by the WTO as a Dispute Settlement Body panellist on four occasions: in Egypt –Steel Rebar; United States – Upland Cotton; Japan – DRAMS (Korea); and Canada – Renewable Energy/Feed in Tariff Program.
Daniel has served clients in their international trade affairs across many industries, including the agricultural, building products, chemical, energy, food processing, footwear, medical, mining, paper, steel and retail goods industries. He has been particularly active in the fields of anti-dumping, countervailing, safeguard measures, quarantine and intellectual property rights. He has advised clients in relation to assistance measures, tariff classification/valuation, concession orders, effective transaction structuring, contract documentation for export/import, “country of origin” and border security.
Trade Law Practice:
The formation of trade blocs; the difficulties in concluding the Doha Development Round; and heightened world security fears are factors which have been symptomatic of a stronger self-interest of countries in their international affairs.
Many governments are under pressure to open foreign markets but at the same time are looking to preserve the competitive position of their own industries. The potential for disputes in the “free trade” environment of the 21st century, criss-crossed by treaties, national laws, and administrative discretions, is high.
Our key practice areas are in regulatory advice, subsidies and countervailing, anti-dumping, safeguard measures and quarantine. The depth of our experience is evident from the steady and continuous representation of clients in trade matters by our principal Daniel Moulis over three decades of practice.
Our clients are major Australian companies and NGOs, large multinationals, foreign exporters and foreign governments and their agencies. We have handled court and administrative review procedures not only in Australia but also in Argentina, Brazil, Luxembourg, the European Union, the United States and China.
Moulis Legal is a progressive modern legal business handling commercial and international matters.
It is our mission to deliver legal services at the highest level, on a personal basis, and with understanding and commitment. We are careful in our acceptance of instructions, so that we can be sure of our ability to effectively and directly commit our time and resources to the representation of our valued clients. We strive to deliver the best value to our clients in their purchase of legal services, and to help them to achieve the outcomes they want.
Our particular focus areas are international trade and investment, energy and resources, property acquisition and development, and major commercial projects. We have special knowledge and experience of business and investment between Australia and China, spanning both cultures and their legal systems.
Moulis Legal was founded by our principal Daniel Moulis on his return to Canberra from the Sydney office of the Australasian law firm Freehills, now Herbert Smith Freehills. He was with Freehills for 21 years, 14 of those as a partner. He headed the Freehills’ Canberra office between 1995 and 2001.
Moulis Legal has offices in Canberra and Brisbane.
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