Our global connection
A strategic partnership
The Allens and Linklaters alliance provides enormous opportunity for our people to accelerate their careers. Join us and you’ll have the chance to be part of a global network. You’ll work alongside some of the best lawyers in the world and to be involved in some of the most significant legal matters - both on the global stage and close to home.
For our clients, our alliance means access to strong teams in 40 offices across 28 countries. Our global teams act as one, sharing knowledge, best practice approaches and talent to help solve our clients’ most complex problems, seamlessly.
While both Allens and Linklaters excel in their own markets, we are stronger together. Having international counterparts allows us to experience new things, develop new thinking and constantly evolve.
The Allens and Linklaters alliance interests me. Unlike other partnerships, it benefits our clients first and foremost. Together the firms can serve our clients better than we would alone.'
Jack Edmonds, Senior Manager for the Global Alliance & Strategy Projects
Case Study: State Grid acquisition of a 41 per cent stake in Electra Net
When owner of the world’s largest electricity network decided to invest $500 million in Australian network provider ElectraNet, Allens and Linklaters were asked to broker the deal.
State Grid connects over one billion people to power, covering 88 per cent of China. With proven success in the industry, State Grid were the most competitive bidder on the market – or were they? As they were bidding for a 41 per cent stake in ElectraNet, it was crucial that State Grid’s bid was unconditional. A bid with any conditions attached would have significantly disadvantaged State Grid, opening opportunities for other companies to win the bid.
As a state-owned enterprise, State Grid needed Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approval to proceed. State Grid had to obtain this approval in a tight timeframe to meet the competitive bid timetable. The Allens and Linklaters teams mobilised quickly to engage FIRB in a constructive review of State Grid early in the process. Collaborating seamlessly across borders, our multidisciplinary teams were able to quickly complete due diligence, negotiate transaction documents and obtain FIRB approval upfront giving State Grid the winning bid.
State Grid’s successful acquisition of the ElectraNet stake marked its first foray into the regulated energy market in Australia. It also proved Allens and Linklaters’ combined ability to help international clients achieve their commercial objectives.