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Hon Julie Bishop MP, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, attends IACC briefing at Matheson

AUTHOR(S): Helen Kelly
PRACTICE AREA GROUP: EU, Competition and Regulatory
DATE: 08.03.2017

Pictured at the IACC breakfast briefing hosted by Matheson are (L-R): Helen Kelly, Partner and Head of EU, Competition and Regulatory Law at Matheson; Peter Oakes, IACC President; Vincent Crowley, IACC Vice President; and Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia's Federal Coalition Government

Pictured: Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia's Federal Coalition Government

Matheson and the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce (IACC) recently hosted Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia's Federal Coalition Government, during her ministerial visit to Ireland.

The breakfast briefing at Matheson marked the start of the visit, the first of an Australian Minister since 2004. Attendees at the breakfast briefing included H.E Richard Andrews, Australian Ambassador to Ireland; H.E Breandán Ó Caollaí, Ireland’s Ambassador to Australia; IACC President Peter Oakes and Vice President Vincent Crowley; and a large number of IACC’s corporate members. Guests enjoyed an interesting and informative discussion on Ireland and Australia’s unique relationship which focused on the strong economic links between the two countries, opportunities to collaborate particularly around FinTech, as well as the potential challenges posed by the Brexit referendum.

IACC President, Peter Oakes, commented, “It gave us great pleasure to welcome Hon Julie Bishop MP to Dublin. We believe that there are so many opportunities available to foster and develop stronger ties between the two nations particularly in the areas of Innovation and FinTech. We at the IACC look forward to supporting and developing this relationship through our initiatives over the coming year. ”

Helen Kelly, Partner and Head of EU, Competition and Regulatory Law at Matheson, said, “We were delighted to host Hon Julie Bishop, MP and the IACC recently. In light of Brexit, there is likely to be an increased focused on Ireland as a gateway to Europe for Australian companies. Our history of being the Irish law firm of choice for internationally focused companies means we are ideally positioned to help Australian clients navigate the challenges and opportunities posed by Brexit.”

About The Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce

The Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is the premier Irish Australian business organisation. It is a modern, vibrant and inclusive membership based organisation that is committed to adding value and bringing opportunities to its members, drawn from a broad range of industry sectors and demographics across Australia and Ireland. The chamber launched its Irish Chapter in June 2016 and since then has grown its membership significantly.

For further information, please visit www.australianchamber.ie.

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