Where strength meets depth
With high-profile clients and exceptionally complex transactions, we need to have a deep understanding of many areas.
We use this to our advantage, bringing lawyers from different teams together across Australia (Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney) and Asia (Singapore, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea) as well as via our global alliance with Linklaters, to provide a wide range of expertise and experience, including:
Allens has one of the largest and most dynamic groups of banking specialists in the Asia-Pacific region. Our practice extends across project finance, acquisition and leverage finance, securitisation and debt capital markets, asset finance and corporate and property finance. We are one of the few firms to feature on every major legal panel in the Australian finance market, and advise some of the world's leading financial institutions, and corporates and governments across the Asian region. Our highly capable, market-leading team advises at the cutting edge of the rapidly evolving banking and financial services market and regulatory environment.
We are the competition law advisers of choice in Australia. We advise on leading Australian deals and the Australian aspects of global transactions. Our deep understanding of the market puts our team at the forefront of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission's (ACCC) merger and acquisition clearances. The Competition, Consumer & Regulatory practice regularly advises on immunity applications, investigations and enforcement action, and is also involved in all major market inquiries. From media and entertainment to pharmaceutical and industrials, our broad client base benefits from our strong working relationship with the ACCC.
At Allens, we’ve built strong relationships with many top-tier corporations in Australia. Our connections give us a unique insight, allowing us to advise on large mergers and acquisitions, divestments, private equity, investment fund transactions and technology-related issues. Over time, we’ve demonstrated our strength as one of the leading corporate practices in Australia. Our Corporate Practice Group consists of the following work streams:
- Funds, Super & Wealth
Our funds management practice spans the full spectrum of funds work. Our team has been involved in some of Australia’s most innovative and complex fund-related transactions, covering a range of asset classes and industry sectors (with particular market recognition for our work on fund formation and funds-related Mergers & Acquisitions), with additional expertise in capital raisings, financial services regulation and superannuation. Our strong client base comprises funds, fund managers, banks, insurance companies, superannuation funds, foreign pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. Our team also works closely with the firm’s real estate and infrastructure groups, to provide an all-round service to our property and infrastructure investment-fund clientele.
- Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets
Allens has advised on many of Australia’s largest Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) transactions in recent years, demonstrating our team’s strength as one of the leading corporate practices in Australia. Independent surveys consistently recognise our team as the best M&A advisers in Australia and the Asia region. Our market-leading Capital Markets team has advised on some of the most significant transactions in Australia, including on a number of 2017’s most significant deals.
- Technology, Media & Telecommunications
Our Technology, Media & Telecommunication (TMT) steam offers unrivalled experience across the sector. Our lawyers are from the full suite of legal practice areas servicing the TMT sector, which ensures our advice is commercially relevant to our clients. In particular, we regularly advise major players in the sector on capital raisings, private equity/M&A, joint ventures/alliances, regulatory and compliance, disputes, commercial contracts, procurement and licensing, and IP protection and enforcement.
Our Disputes & Investigations team is regarded as one of Australia’s most formidable, consistently ranked in Band 1, in Chambers Asia Pacific and The Legal 500. With more than 220 lawyers across the Asia-Pacific region, we appear in federal and state courts, specialist tribunals, arbitrations, mediations, and as counsel in investigations by regulatory authorities. Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 describes our team as a 'substantial bench backed by a global cross-border capability, especially known for its representation of blue-chip financial services, resources, hi-tech industry and government clients. Prominent on significant international arbitration, regulatory investigation and class action mandates’. Our Disputes & Investigations team specialises in the following areas:
- Commercial Disputes
Our Commercial Disputes practice has the expertise to assist in any dispute and is geared to mobilise quickly. We frequently assist with major international disputes, and have the capacity to conduct matters in multiple jurisdictions. Our team works side by side with our market-leading and fully integrated document review solution steam - Allens Arrow - which has skills in computer science, management consulting, mathematics and project management.
- Employment & Safety
Our Employment & Safety practice provides clients with the full spectrum of workplace relations services, to help minimise workplace issues, protect corporate reputations and promote clients as employers of choice. We advise clients on employment, workplace relations and safety legal services, including employment contracts and policies; award compliance; enterprise bargaining and industrial dispute management; restructuring and redundancies; performance management; managing ill or injured employees; investigations, disciplinary action and termination of employment; consultancy agreements; restraint of trade, and protecting confidential information, incentive and reward schemes; outsourcing and insourcing; transferring employees; discrimination and sexual harassment; bullying; and health and safety.
- Restructuring & Insolvency
Our national Restructuring & Insolvency practice has expertise in conducting complex, large-scale and often multi-jurisdictional restructurings and insolvencies. We operate across the full spectrum of restructuring and workout scenarios; disposal and acquisition of distressed debt portfolios; forms of corporate insolvency administrations under Australian insolvency laws; scenarios where Australian law interfaces with international insolvency law; prosecuting and defending litigation (including class actions) in the context of insolvency scenarios; and undertaking advisory work for key stakeholders in distressed or insolvency scenarios. Our practice has advised clients on both the financier and debtor sides.
Our team includes several of Australia's best commercial and litigation lawyers and patent and trademark attorneys. With one of the nation's strongest patent and trade mark litigation practices, our team advises on leading pharmaceutical, technology and engineering cases both in Australia and internationally. So, whether it’s guiding multinational and local corporations or well- known household brands, or advising emerging industries and start-ups, we deliver an integrated and highly specialised service for the full IP life cycle- managing, protecting, commercialising, enforcing and defending our clients’ valuable IP assets.
Projects & Development is a long-standing flagship practice at Allens, and continues to lead the firm's sector approach, with our Energy, Construction, Infrastructure, Resources, Real Estate and Environment & Planning multidisciplinary teams supporting key sectors of the Australian economy. Our teams have been at the forefront of Australia's major infrastructure, energy and real estate development projects and transactions, having built enduring relationships with government, corporates, investors and institutions over many decades.
- Construction & Major Projects
Our Construction & Major Projects practice is at the forefront of delivering large-scale integrated construction and infrastructure projects, having had a leading role in almost every major public–private partnership (PPP) in Australia. This includes major road and rail projects as well as social infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, prisons and student accommodation. We provide a full range of specialist construction law services, including procurement and project development strategies, the full suite of contracting methods - from supply, design & construct (D&C), engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), operations & maintenance (O&M) through to PPP and build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) - and advice on contract administration; and proactive dispute resolution via mediation, arbitration, expert determination, appraisal, adjudication and litigation.
Our advice to clients spans the full spectrum of the energy sector, whether helping governments plan and implement reform, or advising financiers, developers, operators and new entrants on the complex legal issues arising from the business of generation, transmission, distribution and supply. Our Power & Utilities team is made up of leading specialists in renewable energy (wind, solar, battery, pumped hydro and biomass), electricity and gas industry regulation, competition policy, environmental regulation, industrial relations, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, corporate restructuring, privatisation and corporatisation.
Our Resources team has been advising clients in the mining and oil and gas sectors for more than 100 years. Our work has spanned the development of many significant projects, both within Australia and offshore. We advise clients on local and cross-border project development and expansion, project finance, corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Our advice touches all aspects of projects, including industry regulation, marketing and sales, competition policy and environmental regulation, rehabilitation and decommissioning.
- Real Estate & Development
Our practical experience includes the acquisition, development and sale of commercial, industrial, residential and retail properties. We have a strong track record in advising on large-scale and innovative development projects. Operating on a national basis, we provide legal services to many of Australia's leading property owners, developers and tenants.
- Environment & Planning
Our Environment & Planning team has been involved in some of the country's most significant infrastructure projects in the project development (both greenfield sites and expansions) and operational phases. We regularly work alongside other teams to help major-project proponents navigate environmental and planning approval pathways; land access arrangements, including compulsory acquisition; and regulatory compliance matters; as well as the procurement process.
We are renowned for precise, commercially informed advice on all areas of direct and indirect taxation, including income tax, capital gains tax, goods and services tax (GST), stamp duty, customs and excise. Over the years, our Tax practice has developed an outstanding reputation in dispute resolution, including litigation and audit management.
We’re business partners as well as lawyers. This means we’re committed to understanding sector-specific commercial challenges as well as legal requirements. While our work spans many sectors and industry areas, we’re committed to continuous learning. So we’re able to provide our clients with strategically-led legal expertise.
Our specialist sectors include:
Finance is an industry with complex issues and legislative matters. With one of the largest and most dynamic groups of banking and financial services experts, we specialise in high-value, sophisticated transactions.
Investing across industries and countries, institutional investors are some of the most sophisticated in the world. Our team has unrivalled experience helping superannuation funds, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, life insurers, managed investment schemes and private equity funds invest with confidence.
We continue to advise Australian governments on some of the country's most complex reform, infrastructure development, divestment and privatisation projects. We work globally too, advising international governments on a range of transactions, capacity building and public policy assignments.
In an evolving sector, our team have a deep understanding of the challenges faced. They have been chosen because they are experts, with doctorates in advanced sciences and experience in pharmaceutical and biomedical research around the world.
Our Industrials team advises leading Australian and International companies. They service a range of industries, including agribusiness, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, business services and logistics, defence contractors, retail and manufacturing.
Our team use their expertise to help clients navigate this changing and rapidly expanding sector. Due to local growth and activity in the resources industry, we work together to advance Australia's infrastructure and transport capability.
As key advisers to one of the world’s largest resource groups, we’ve involved in many of the highest-profile mining deals of recent times. Our experience places us at the forefront of this sector.
We have been a longstanding player in the region's oil and gas industry and we have a deep understanding of the complex political and regulatory challenges. We’re trusted industry advisors and our team has played a major role in many of the projects in the Asia Pacific region.
We have a diverse team to service a rapidly evolving market. Our power and utilities team is made up of leading specialists in renewable energy, electricity and gas industry regulation, competition policy, environmental regulation, industrial relations, mergers & acquisitions, project finance, corporate restructuring, privatisation and corporatisation.
The globalisation of the real estate market is changing the face of the sector in Australia. With innovation, global knowledge and technical expertise, our team are able to navigate this changing market seamlessly.
Today's technology, media and telecommunications sectors are intensely competitive. Our Technology, Media & Telecommunications team offer unrivalled experience. We advise clients on converging technologies, shifting business models, new threats and opportunities.