This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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On 1 January 2013, Ian Wallace took on the role of chairman of Allens. Having previously served as a member of the board and as deputy managing partner, he embarks on this new role at a time of great opportunity for the firm. Allens recently entered into an integrated alliance with Linklaters to benefit clients around the world and a key responsibility of Wallace’s is to strengthen this new relationship.
|Asset Recovery||2||Insurance & Reinsurance||1|
|Competition||5||Product Liability Defence||1|
|Corporate Governance||3||Public Procurement||1|
|Corporate Tax||1||Real Estate||1|
|Energy||2||Sports & Entertainment||1|
|Environment||2||Telecoms and Media||1|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Allens’ competition practice is “well regarded” in the market. The firm’s experience includes advising FOXTEL, Australia’s largest subscription television provider on obtaining competition clearance for the acquisition of regional subscription television provider, AUSTAR United Communications Ltd. Head of the national competition and consumer law group Fiona Crosbie advises on complex merger clearances, access matters, cartels and investigations, and competition disputes. She is “highly rated” by peers and receives praise for her “solutions-oriented approach”. David Brewster in Melbourne has experience in competition law issues and obtaining merger approval in the electricity and gas industries. Jacqueline Downes in Sydney has acted in a number of high-profile merger clearance matters as well as in access matters under Part IIIA and XIC. She has a “sharp mind” and provides “timely advice”.
“Creative” and “responsive” are just two of the words used to describe the firm’s mergers and acquisitions team. Led by practice group leaders Guy Alexander and Jon Webster, the firm has been involved in transactions including advising on the sale of Global Infrastructure Partners’ interest in the Port of Brisbane, advising Billabong on a recapitalisation proposal with a consortium led by US private investment firms Oaktree and Centerbridge, and advising ASX-listed Sydney Airport on a series of acquisitions and a capital raising to enable it to move to full ownership of Sydney Airport. Richard Kriedemann in Sydney specialises in public company takeovers and schemes of arrangement and is “top notch”. Stuart McCulloch has advised on the takeovers and mergers of listed companies as well as significant off-market acquisitions and disposals. Tom Story is a “private equity specialist” and he recently advised Archer Capital and HarbourVest on their $1.2 billion sale of MYOB to Bain Capital.
The firm has considerable expertise in the life sciences industry. Key names include the “fantastic” Richard Hamer, who specialises in patent litigation and the commercialisation of research and development, alongside head of the IP group Philip Kerr (a “talented patent litigator”) and Sarah Matheson, who advises on patent infringement and the enforcement of IP rights as well as non-contentious matters.
Further praise goes to Phillip Cornwell, who specialises in project finance and banking law and is credited as being “unrivalled” in the sector, and Timothy Golder, an “expert” on trademarks, copyright and designs with significant expertise in the sports and entertainment industries. Nicholas Cowie recently advised Wilson Parking Australia 1992 Pty Ltd on its acquisition of the head lease interest in the Sydney Opera House car park for approximately $80 million. Leighton O’Brien is noted for his construction and public procurement work which has seen him work on the South West Rail Link and PPP for the Sydney Convention Centre. Andrew Wiseman has a “highly rated” franchise and IT practice and assists clients including Baskin-Robbins on the restructuring of their franchise operations in Australia. The “sensational” Peter O’Donahoo has a broad commercial litigation practice and is particularly well known for his work in product liability cases.
|Total Listings in WWL||54||Established||1822|
|Home jurisdiction||Australia||Total Size of firm||over 600|
|Number of partners||almost 200||Number of offices||12|
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
The firm has committed to donating an average of 50 hours of pro bono work per lawyer per year and works on human rights issues and alleviating disadvantage. A team of lawyers is currently working with the Prisoners’ Legal Service to help prisoners prepare parole applications through the SafeWayHome programme. The firm also has a footprints committee which monitors and drives the firm’s goal of reducing its impact on the environment in the areas of energy, water, waste, greenhouse emissions and procurement, as well as being a certified Fairtrade workplace.
2014 headed off with a strong start for the firm as it advised DUET Group and its 100 per cent-owned subsidiary DBP Development Group on its joint venture with TEC Pilbara Pty Ltd, a 100 per cent-owned subsidiary of Canada’s TransAlta Corp, to build, own and operate a natural gas transmission pipeline in Western Australia. The project is expected to be completed by 31 December 2014 at an estimated cost of $178 million and will be the longest gas pipeline built in Western Australia during the past 10 years.
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