Our work

Strategic advisors to leading businesses

Our clients trust us with some of their most strategically important issues, seeking our advice on some of the most complex challenges they're facing. We bring together specialists with deep technical expertise across Australia and Asia, as well as via our global alliance with Linklaters, who work with clients to shape the future of their businesses.


A wide range of expertise and experience

At Allens we have the privilege of working closely with a broad base of clients from almost every sector, ranging from government and healthcare through to infrastructure, media and banking.

Our practice groups are designed to offer the full suite of services to meet the needs of our clients in those sectors, and below you can learn more about their size and scale and the types of work each practice does.

Banking & Finance

Allens has one of the largest and most dynamic groups of banking specialists in the Asia region, where we advise some of the world's leading financial institutions, corporates and governments. 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 our highly capable, market-leading team advises at the cutting edge of the rapidly evolving banking and financial services market and regulatory environment. . 

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Competition, Consumer & Regulatory

We are the competition law advisers of choice in Australia. We advise on leading Australian deals and the Australian aspects of global transactions. From media and entertainment to pharmaceutical and industrials, our broad client base benefits from our strong working relationship with the ACCC, where our deep understanding of the market puts our team at the forefront of merger and acquisition clearances.

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Corporate

Allens is one of the leading corporate practices in Australia, built upon strong and long-standing relationships with many top-tier corporations. 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. Given the breadth of our clients' businesses, our Corporate practice group is spread across a number of different work streams:

Funds, Super & Wealth

Our funds management practice has been involved in some of Australia’s most innovative and complex fund-related transactions, covering a range of asset classes and industry sectors. The team performs the full spectrum of funds work for an impressive client base that comprises funds, fund managers, banks, insurance companies, superannuation funds, foreign pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. We also work closely with the firm’s real estate and infrastructure groups to provide an all-round service to our property and infrastructure investment-fund clientele.

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Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets

Independent surveys consistently recognise our team as the best Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) advisers in Australia and the Asia region. Indeed, 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 country's leading corporate practices.

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Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Our Technology, Media & Telecommunication (TMT) team offers unrivalled experience across the sector, which ensures our advice is both cutting edge and 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.

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Disputes & Investigations

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  region, we appear in federal and state courts, specialist tribunals, arbitrations, mediations and as counsel in investigations by regulatory authorities. 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.

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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 everything from employment, workplace relations and safety legal services through to sexual harassment, bullying and health and safety.

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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, and advise clients on both the financier and debtor sides.

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Intellectual Property

Our team includes several of Australia's best commercial and litigation lawyers and patent and trademark attorneys. With one of the nation's strongest  intellectual property 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 startups, 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.

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Projects & Development

Projects & Development is a long-standing flagship practice at Allens. 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 has had a leading role in almost every major public–private partnership (PPP) in Australia. We provide a full range of specialist construction law services and remain at the forefront of delivering large-scale integrated construction and infrastructure projects,  including major road and rail projects as well as social infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, prisons and student accommodation.

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Energy

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.

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Real Estate & Development

Operating on a national basis, we provide legal services to many of Australia's leading property owners, developers and tenants. Our practical experience includes the acquisition, development and sale of commercial, industrial, residential and retail properties, and we've a strong track record in advising on large-scale and innovative development projects.

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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.

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Tax

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.

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Understanding where it matters most

The key to great legal work is maintaining a profound understanding of the client's business, from the unique challenges they face to new opportunities on the horizon.

That's why we continue to actively invest in deepening our knowledge of the work they do and the world in which they do it – a commitment to excellence that allows clients to transform our insights into their next steps.

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

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.

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