Organisation Overview

MinterEllison is an Australian law firm with a key presence in Adelaide, specialising in commercial law, major projects, construction and infrastructure, technology and IP law.

MinterEllison has advised on many of the major space industry transactions in Australia over the past ten years. We understand and have extensive experience advising on all aspects of the procurement of equipment, services and systems used in the space industry including the procurement of spacecraft, ground/anchoring stations, spacecraft support services including telemetry, tracking and control services, launch services, support services, terminal procurement (fixed and mobile) backhaul, data and traffic management, and most importantly, the unique risk allocations which are only seen in the space industry.

Expertise and Capabilities

As a full service commercial law firm, MinterEllison has a dedicated team of commercial lawyers experienced in all aspects of commercial contracting, procurement, major projects delivery, project finance, foreign investment law and intellectual property protection.


advise on the legislative and regulatory system in the Australian space industry;

negotiate and draft commercial agreements and structures including joint ventures, risk-sharing agreements, consortium agreements and agreements for use in all procurement models (goods/services supply, project management, design and construct, engineering, procurement and construction, engineering, procurement, construction management, build-own-operate, build-own-operate-transfer etc);

advise on capital raisings and funding;

advise foreign companies on establishing Australian operations in the space industry (incl. FIRB);

advise on defence export controls regulations;

advise on business migration/visa issues.

Unique Selling Points

A specialist commercial law firm, in Adelaide, with efficient and responsive access to senior lawyers with extensive experience in legal issues in the space industry.

Direct access to specialist lawyers and consultants.

Provides innovative, cost-effective, client-focused solutions to complex legal issues.

Experience in a wide range of legal issues directly relevant to the Australian and international space industries.

Utilises a wide range of fee structures/arrangements to suit client requirements.