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Experienced lawyers | Australia

What we do

Allen & Overy is one of the truly global elite law firms with over 5153 staff, 525 partners and offices in 43 offices worldwide.

Much of the work performed by lawyers in Australia involves cross-border deals such as listings for Australian clients, inbound investment by international clients and outbound investment by Australian clients.  Our offices in Sydney and Perth focus on the areas of law where we offer the greatest value and expertise to our clients: all aspects of Banking/International Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A and Litigation. 

Clients increasingly need global service providers and we are one of only a few firms in Australia currently able to provide an integrated regional and global offering. We offer the market a unique service – a focused local practice combined with the knowledge of our global network and the ability to offer a single sign off across key international jurisdictions.

Throughout a career with us, you will enjoy a world of learning that ensures your legal expertise is cutting-edge. To provide exceptional service to our clients, we ensure that from an early stage in your career you have the skills required for a lawyer in an international practice – including financial and commercial awareness and business development skills.

If you are looking for a career in a global elite firm and you have the drive, experience and ambition to succeed, then Allen & Overy offers the ideal environment for realising your aspirations.

To apply, please use the "find a vacancy" search function on the right hand side.

Recent deals

These are a few of our recent award winning transactions:

SABMiller - On its AUD9.5bn proposal to acquire Foster’s Group Limited by scheme of arrangement. The proposal is the largest announced Australian-targeted M&A transaction for 2011.

Liberty Global, Inc. - On the AUD1.9bn proposal from Foxtel to acquire 100% of Austar United Communications Limited by scheme of arrangement. Liberty is the 54% shareholder in Austar.

Archer Capital - On its sale of the Cellarmasters Group to Woolworths for AUD340m.

JPMorgan, Banco Santander, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Royal Bank of Scotland and Toronto-Dominion Bank  - On a USD45bn financing for BHP Billiton’s proposed bid to acquire the world’s largest fertiliser producer, Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc.

UBS - On the sale of Stella Travel’s operations in Australia and New Zealand to Jetset Travelworld Limited, in exchange for a 50% shareholding in Jetset.

Fortescue Metals Group Limited – On a USD2.04bn syndicated loan facility and a 144A unsecured bond offering and on a USD1.5bn 144A unsecured bond offering.

KKR - On the debt financing of their bid for Healthscope.

National Australia Bank - On its role as Joint Lead Manager, Asset Liquidity Provider and Interest Rate Swap Provider in connection with an AUD160m CMBS issuance by ALEFinance Company Pty Limited in April 2011.

LANCO Infratech – On its acquisition of the coal mines of Griffin Coal in Western Australia.

Qantas – Through its subsidiary Jetstar, on a joint venture with Japan Airlines and Mitsubishi Corporation to form a new low cost carrier flying domestic and international routes from Japan.

Practices in Australia

Banking and International Capital Markets

The Banking practice works at the heart of the world’s financial markets, supporting global corporate and financial institutions on a full range of domestic and cross-border banking transactions. 

International Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Project Finance and Asset Finance are some of the practice areas. Typical assignments include transactions for clients requiring debt funding – typically those that need loans in order to fund their general corporate activities or to make purchases of other companies or assets. For example, a client may identify a company that it wants to buy, either on the stock market or privately and, in order to finance that purchase, it needs to access cash, either by raising it in the capital markets (by making a placing and attracting money from bond investors) or by borrowing from a bank (this is called ‘debt finance’).

Work in the Banking practice includes drafting loan documentation and general transaction management. and other tasks such as preparing board minutes for a company wanting to borrow, coordinating documents, possibly from other jurisdictions, and liaising with lawyers in those jurisdictions.


The Corporate practice advises clients on acquisitions of other businesses, disposals of their own business and raising finance in the equity markets, and provides a wide range of general corporate advice that every board of directors needs. Lawyers in the Corporate practice are both generalists and specialists. They work in extensive teams but each lawyer also has an area of specialism, for example public takeovers, or in a sector such as energy and resources. So, on the acquisition of a company in the energy field, a general corporate lawyer may run the file but he or she will call on the expertise of the energy specialist as well as other specialists around the firm. 

Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy and Resources, Tax, Anti-trust/Competition, Infrastructure, Funds, Equity Capital Markets and Private Equity are some of the teams that sit within the Corporate Practice.

Corporate clients include publicly listed or private companies, companies owned by financial institutions and private equity sponsors – organisations whose interest is investing in companies and perhaps buying whole businesses. For example, in 2011 we advised SABMiller on its successful takeover of Foster's Group.The Corporate group also advises companies which are themselves advisers, such as investment banks. 

On joining the Corporate practice you will play an important role in the team, tackling tasks such as drafting agreements,communicating with clients and attending meetings. The key attractions of Corporate are the variety of transactions you can expect to get involved in, and working with an international client base.



The Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice provides specialist advice and representation to clients around the world on litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters, as well as risk management.

Allen & Overy deals with a variety of disputes but mostly ones with a commercial aspect, for example banking disputes, where a bank may have a dispute with a counterparty over a contract, a loan agreement or some other financial product. On the corporate side, disputes may include those with service providers or relating to projects, for example the construction of an energy plant.

With any dispute, and especially where the parties have an ongoing commercial relationship, the aim is to see if it can be resolved by negotiation, without going to court – both to save costs and avoid the risks involved in litigation.

If you join the Litigation department you will help to draft pleadings or requests for arbitration, and prepare evidence to be filed and served on the other side. You can also expect to attend court for applications, for example for freezing orders, to attend meetings with clients and to interview witnesses – potentially in other jurisdictions.


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Quick facts

  • 21 
    Partners in Australia; 16 in Sydney and 5 in Perth
  • 44 
    offices in 31 countries

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