Our work

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: 

Banking & Finance

Our practice extends across project finance, acquisition and leverage finance, securitisation and debt capital markets, asset finance and corporate and property finance. We have more specialist partners in this area than any other firm in Australia. This provides us with incredible strength and ensures that we are one of the few firms to feature on every major legal panel in the Australian finance market. Our specialist lawyers advise some of the world’s leading finance institutions. And, we regularly act for a large number of corporate borrowers from a range of industries.

Competition, Consumer & Regulatory

We work across local deals and Australian aspects of global transactions. Due to our deep understanding of the market our team are at the forefront of Merger and Acquisition clearances. Our lawyers have the expertise to guide our clients towards the best possible regulatory outcomes. The competition, consumer and regulatory practice has real influence, our team regularly advise on immunity applications, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) investigations and enforcement action. Over our history, we’ve developed a strong working relationship with the ACCC. From agribusiness to entertainment, our wide range of clients benefit from this connection.

Corporate

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 (M&A), divestments, private equity and investment fund transactions. Over time, we’ve demonstrated our strength as one of the lead corporate practices in Australia. Our Corporate Practice Group consists of the following work streams:

  • Funds, Super and Wealth
    Our funds management practice spans the full spectrum of funds work. Our team has been involved in some of the most innovative and complex fund-related transactions, covering a range of asset classes and industry sectors, including fund formation and capital raising, fund operations and asset servicing, financial services regulation and superannuation.
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Capital Markets
    Our M&A practice includes large-scale matters and significant transactions. We also support our clients on smaller-scale ‘business as usual’ acquisitions, divestments and joint venture arrangements. We specialise in cross-border M&A, which involves the co-ordination of teams across different jurisdictions and regularly working with local counsel.
    Our Equity Capital Markets practice advises on structuring securities for issue in domestic and international markets; capital management activities such as buy backs, capital reductions and share sale facilities; corporate governance; trading systems for capital markets instruments; and regulating the conduct of capital markets players.
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT)
    Our TMT practice advises on all technology-related issues. These include software and system developments and procurements, cloud arrangements, outsourcing and offshoring arrangements, e-commerce agreements, domain names, IT dispute resolution and IT aspects of corporate transactions.

Disputes & Investigations

Our Disputes and Investigations teams act in some of Australia's most significant disputes. This includes class actions, competition cases, takeover disputes and public and private investigations. We advise on inquires by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission, the Australian Securities Exchange, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Royal Commissions and Senate inquiries. Our Disputes & Investigations Practice Group consists of the following work streams: 

  • 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 solutions team – Allens Arrow with skills in computer science, management consulting, mathematics and project management.
  • Employment and Safety
    Our Employment and Safety practice provides clients with the full spectrum of workplace relations services to help minimize workplace issues, protect corporate reputation 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 work health and safety.
  • Restructuring and 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 work out scenarios; disposal and acquisition of distressed debt portfolios; in all forms of corporate insolvency administrations under Australian insolvency laws; in scenarios where Australian law interfaces with international insolvency law; in prosecuting and defending litigation (including class actions) arising in the context of insolvency scenarios; and in undertaking advisory work for key stakeholders in distressed or insolvency scenarios. Our practice is both financier and debtor side.

Intellectual Property & Allens Patent & Trademark Attorneys

Our team includes some of the best commercial and litigation lawyers and trademark attorneys in Australia. We work with our clients to advise them on sound commercial solutions. So, whether it’s guiding multinational and local corporations or providing patent advice to emerging industries and start-ups, we deliver an integrated and highly specialised service to manage, protect, commercialise, enforce and defend our clients’ intellectual property.

Projects & Development

Our multidisciplinary Projects & Development teams are at the forefront of Australia's major infrastructure, energy, and real estate development projects and transactions. Our Projects & Development Practice Group consists of the following work streams: 

  • Projects
    Our projects group are specialist in construction, energy and infrastructure law including Public Private Partnerships.  We advise clients on medium to major construction and infrastructure projects. Our clients include developers, builders, contractors, Government and private owners, financiers, suppliers, consultants and insurers.
  • Real Estate and Development
    Our Real Estate and Development group is a full-service corporate team with broad experience in all aspects of property related law. Our practical experience includes the acquisition, development and sale of commercial, industrial, residential and retail properties, and we advise on large-scale and innovative development projects. Our environment and planning team has been involved in some of the country's most significant infrastructure projects in the project development phase (both greenfield sites and expansions) and operational phase. We help major project proponents to navigate environmental and planning approval pathways, land access arrangements and regulatory compliance matters as well as any procurement process.

Tax

We are renowned for precise, commercially informed advice on all areas of direct and indirect taxation, including income tax, capital gains 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. Our structured finance specialties include securitisation, infrastructure and project financing, structured equity products, leasing and asset financing and financial engineering.

 

All-round expertise

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:

 

Banks & Financial Institutions

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.

Funds

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.

Government

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.

Healthcare

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.

Industrials (including Agribusiness)

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. 

Infrastructure & Transport

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.

Mining

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.

Oil & Gas

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.

Power & Utilities

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.

Real Estate

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.

Technology, Media & Telecommunications

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.