The name IMPEX is derived as an abbreviated portmanteau of the words IMPORT EXPORT.
Before becoming a lawyer in 2005, the firms principal Joseph Buccheri spent several years gaining experience in Italy, Switzerland and China that culminated to be the founder in the late 90’s of WTOEXCHANGE, an import/export internet marketplace for Small to Medium Enterprises (SME’s) with partners including IBM World Trade Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Union Bank of Switzerland, SGS & Dun Bradstreet as an alternative online and offline ‘click and mortar’ B2B competitor model to the then nascent Alibaba. The project was ahead of its time but was shelved due to the economic impacts of 9/11 on the E-commerce industry. The entrepreneurial roller coaster journey in his late 20’s of establishing and running an unlisted public company, fundraising, building a high profile board, engaging consulting experts, recruiting, managing and motivating staff, maintaining compliance, building partnerships and synchronising a global business model to its corporate agenda gave him a unique experience in now being able to sit on both sides of the table with business and legal perspectives dedicated to facilitating international trade and investment for his clients.
This passionate and uniquely challenging experience motivated him to start IMPEX Lawyers & Advisers in 2007 to assist the vast array of issues faced by entrepreneurs and businesses desiring to succeed locally and globally.
Unlike many other Law Firms, we offer an up to 30 minute first free phone, video or in person consultation to determine the nature of the legal issue, discuss the available options and request an estimate of costs to proceed with your matter and we can travel during and after hours if necessary for quick turnarounds with fixed fees available for our standard services.
The firm operates on a lean and agile contractor basis allowing our lawyers and advisers as independent consultants to have a vested interest in the successful outcomes of our valued Australian and overseas clients on a matter by matter basis thereby reducing unnecessary ongoing overheads that results in delivering specialised expertise at affordable rates.
JOSEPH T. A BUCCHERI (MANAGING DIRECTOR)
- Juris Doctor (University of Melbourne, Australia)
- Graduate Diploma- Legal Practice (ANU, Canberra Australia)
- Graduate Diploma- Chinese Business (Tongji University, Shanghai China)
- Bachelor of Business- International Trade (Victoria University, Melbourne Australia)
Joseph is admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor in the jurisdictions of Victoria and the High Court of Australia. He is an accredited International Trade Facilitator with over 25 years working experience in Italy, Switzerland, North/Latin America and Asia markets. As well as overseeing the firm, his principal area of practice is International Trade & Commercial Law with a dedication to assisting the vast array of issues faced by his clients wishing to understand, participate and succeed in local & global markets. He is recognised as a Global Top 200 Lawyer by the International Trade Council, the pinnacle Global Chamber of Commerce that provides services to chambers, business associations, import/export councils, government trade agencies and businesses around the world.
Memberships & Pro Bono
- Law Institute of Victoria
- LIV Legal Referral Service
- Global Economic Law Network- Melbourne Law School
- Mentor for International LLM Program (University of Melbourne)
- International Trade Council
- Hong Kong Australia Business Association (Victoria- Committee Executive Chairman)
- Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce
- Hong Kong Venture Capital & Private Equity Association
ALAN D’ANDREA (SENIOR SOLICITOR CONSULTANT)
- Bachelor Laws (Honours) (Deakin, Melbourne, Australia)
- Bachelor Commerce (Deakin, Melbourne, Australia)
Alan is an internationally experienced lawyer with undergraduate degrees in Commerce and Law (Honours). He completed the New York Bar exams in 1998 after working in law firms in Singapore (1994-1995) and New York (1996-1998). He later led a corporate advisory practice dealing with a diverse range of domestic and international clients globally. This corporate transactional experience covered mergers, acquisitions, capital raisings, takeovers, business development strategies and restructuring.
Alan’s publications cover various investment banking disciplines. His titles include, “The Initial Public Offering Process in Australia: A Practical Guide”, “The Initial Public Offering Process in Singapore: A Practical Guide”, “IPO in Australia: A Guide” and “The Back Door Listing Process in Australia: A Practical Guide”.
Alan heads up our practice areas for local and international private equity and M & A activity.
MARK LIU (SENIOR SOLICITOR CONSULTANT)
- Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Monash University – Honours)
- Masters of Law (Applied Law) – Commercial Litigation
Mark is an experienced lawyer who focuses predominately on commercial matters and disputes. His areas of practice are otherwise broad and includes property, business, leasing, employment law, construction law and intellectual property. He topped his class in Australia in his Masters of Law (Applied Law) majoring in Commercial Litigation and has acted for a number of clients across VCAT, the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, the County Court of Victoria, the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Federal Circuit Court and in the NSW and Tasmanian jurisdictions. Mark speaks fluent Mandarin, is married with 2 children and has a keen interest in technology.
JACK REILLY (SENIOR ADVISER)
An expert trusted financial market operator with over 45 years experience in domestic & international markets who commenced in 1969 as a law graduate trainee money market dealer with Capel Court Corporation and graduated to Chairman of the Australian Money Market Dealers for 8 years.
Various appointments have included:
- Managing Director: Group Holdings: Publicly listed Financial Market Company
- Treasurer: Australian International Finance Corporation LTD.
- Deputy Secretary: Department of Treasury Victoria
- Financial Adviser: Australian Federal & State Governments
- Founding Director: Victoria Funds Management Corporation
- Director: State Trustees Ltd.
- Director: Urban Land Corporation
- Director: Football Federation Australia
- Australian Socceroo Goal Keeper- 1974 World Cup
- Commissioner: Macedon Ranges Shire Council
MOSTAFA RAHMANI (SOLICITOR CONSULTANT)
- Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (College of Law, Melbourne Australia)
- Bachelor of Laws – LLB (Victoria University, Melbourne Victoria)
- Bachelor of Arts- ABSL (Victoria University, Melbourne Victoria)
Mostafa commenced with the firm during the final stages of his admission through work experience and then very quickly was entrusted as a Paralegal and has evolved through hard work and determination into a valued Solicitor with the firm. He has a special interest in civil litigation and debt recovery. He has been actively involved in several Supreme Court of Victoria civil litigation trials involving the instruction of Senior and Queens Counsel Barristers with favourable outcomes for his clients.
Mostafa is known for his critical analysis and solution-based attitude. Keeping a good relationship with clients is paramount to Mostafa and it is evident through the feedback he regularly receives from clients.
Aside from work, Mostafa is deeply involved with assisting migrant communities. Being of an Afghan background he understands the need to assist those with limited knowledge and access to the law.
ABBY CHEN (PARALEGAL CONSULTANT)
- Juris Doctor (University of Melbourne, Australia)
- Bachelor of Arts (China University of Political Science and Law)
- Exchange program (University of California- UCLA)
- UK and EU Laws and Treaties (University of Exeter, UK)
Abby is a valued law graduate Paralegal who is natively bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese with excellent legal drafting and translation skills. Her expertise is in acting as a trusted intermediary between her local and overseas clients when assembling and managing the specialised teams the firm designs and manages for optimal legal solutions. Her clients have included mainland Chinese State Owned Enterprises, mainland Chinese Law and Accounting Firms, Chinese HNWI and Family Offices.
LORETTA CHEN (PARALEGAL CONSULTANT)
- Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Leo Cussen Centre for Law)
- Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Monash University)
Loretta is our newest member of the Impex team. She recently graduated from her Honours degree in law at Monash University and completed her Practical Legal Training in July 2019. Loretta is due to be admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in September 2019.
Born and raised in Shenzhen (深圳), China until the age of 10, Loretta is an effective bilingual communicator, who is fluent in English and Chinese. In 2015, Loretta achieved a Victorian ATAR score of 98.85%, with English, Chinese and Japanese as her best scoring subjects. In 2016, Loretta participated in an exchange program with the renowned Tsinghua University (清华大学) School of Law.
Loretta understands and values the importance of effective communication and strives to provide personable service and assistance to clients, especially those with non-English backgrounds.
SARAH BUCCHERI (OFFICE & TRUST ACCOUNTS)
- Bachelor of Commerce (University of Melbourne)- Chartered Accountant.
The firm adopts the latest legal and accounting software technology managed by Sarah for all of the firms’ office, trust account and strict ongoing audit functions. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a Chartered Accountant with significant Australian and European experience with all big 4 accounting firms in audit, compliance and business improvement functions.
Expert Barrister Retention
We have long standing strong relationships with leading specialist Barristers and their respective Clerks. We retain and instruct these advocacy experts on behalf of our clients where specialist skills are required.
Some of the leading Barrister Clerks we deal with for junior up to Queens & Senior Counsel: