Our Sydney and Perth offices have opportunities for seasonal clerks. Completing a clerkship with Allen & Overy will give you a real insight into what it means to be an international lawyer
The A&O global network
Allen & Overy offers students and graduates dynamic and progressive careers.
As a fully integrated (financially and operationally) global elite law firm in Australia, our staff are assured of receiving the full benefit of our global network whilst working in a collegiate, friendly and hands-on environment.
By this we mean you will:
Work with global leaders across the corporate, banking and litigation areas of practice – the minds who are setting the trends, identifying new practices and issues often unseen in this market;
Experience international secondments and training – team members have the opportunity to complete training or work in our offshore offices spanning 43 offices in 30 jurisdictions globally;
Experience doing business across cultures – interaction with colleagues across the world's continents is part of your daily life at Allen & Overy. No day is the same.
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, 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.