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 five occasions: in Egypt –Steel Rebar; United States – Upland Cotton; Japan – DRAMS (Korea); Canada – Renewable Energy/Feed in Tariff Program; and United States – Tax Incentives for Large Carrier Aircraft.
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.
In his domestic-based practice, Daniel has had long experience in private sector investment, property development and ownership, major contracts, and the commercial interface between government and business. Career highlights have included his role as legal counsel for the US corporation responsible for the Maralinga nuclear test site clean-up, the redevelopment of the Belconnen and Woden town centres in Canberra, and securing international landing rights for foreign airlines. His government interface practice has extended to regulatory impacts on investment, procurement, and asset sales, and the exercise of contractual and administrative law rights against adverse government action.
Daniel graduated from the University of Sydney in 1983. He worked within the Federal Attorney-General’s Department in his early career before joining Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills). He was a solicitor and then a partner in the Canberra and Sydney offices of that firm for 21 years before establishing Moulis Legal in 2005. Daniel is a director of Football Federation Australia. He has also served as company secretary of The Sixth Australian Masters Games; as Chair of the Trade and Customs Law Committee of the International Bar Association; as a seminar lecturer for the International Development Law Organisation; as a director of the Johnny Warren Football Foundation; and as a member of the Disciplinary Tribunal of Football Federation Australia.