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Oceania

Our Oceania group is dedicated to helping corporations, financial institutions and governments across the South Pacific region with their important and complex legal advisory needs.

This includes assisting clients in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Fiji and several other nations and territories in the region to navigate through relevant international legal and regulatory frameworks.

With our strong track record of achieving outstanding outcomes on major cross-border transactions, we are committed to facilitating investment opportunities for our key clients in the Oceania region.

We combine our local expertise, experience and local law firm relationship network to anticipate issues (and solutions) and thereby reduce transaction costs and time for our clients. We also ensure that any advice given by a relationship firm matches the high Allen & Overy standard.

The group comprises a team of lawyers in Sydney, Perth, London and Hong Kong, supported by strong relationships in a number of locations across the Oceania region.

Countries covered

  • Australia (in addition to our Sydney and Perth offices)
  • New Zealand
  • Solomon Islands
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Western Samoa
  • American Samoa
  • Tonga
  • Fiji
  • New Caledonia
  • Vanuatu
  • French Polynesia

Recent examples of our work

SABMiller

SABMiller

Acting for SABMiller on its AUD12 billion takeover of Foster's Group by scheme of arrangement.

A multinational telecommunications company

A multinational telecommunications company

Acting for a multinational telecommunications company on the AUD1.9 billion proposal from Foxtel to acquire 100% of Austar Untied Communications by scheme of arrangement.
Qantas

Qantas

Acting for Qantas through its subsidiary Jetstar on a joint venture with Japan Airline and Mitsubishi Corporation to form a new low cost carrier flying domestic and international routes from Japan.

Fortescue Metals Group Limited

Fortescue Metals Group Limited

Acting for Fortescue Metals Group Limited on a USD2 billion syndicated loan facility and a 144A unsecured bond offering and on a 144A secured bond offering.

News and insights

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Publications: 02 February 2023

Podcast: Sanctions outlook 2023

Sanctions began dominating the headlines again in 2022. Largely, reports focused on the ongoing sanctions targeting Russia. As we look ahead to 2023, Russia remains a target. Other countries (such as…

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News: 13 January 2023

Allen & Overy advised the HKSAR Government on the largest ESG bond issuance in Asia to date

Allen & Overy has advised the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (the HKSAR Government) on the issuance of USD5.75 billion worth of green bonds…

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Daisy Qi

News: 09 January 2023

A&O further bolsters Asia-Pacific Funds & Asset Management group with new partner hire

Allen & Overy is further bolstering its Asia-Pacific Funds & Asset Management group with the appointment of Huaying Daisy Qi (Daisy), a partner based in the Shanghai office.

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Buildings

Publications: 04 January 2023

Great Fund Insights podcast: New Year, New Regulation - What does the funds and asset management regulatory landscape look like as we enter 2023?

In this podcast, Hilaire Bedier, Codrina Constantinescu and Emma Danforth discuss some of the key regulatory changes on the horizon which asset managers and funds should have on their radar as we move…

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Global Experts and Markets

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In ensuring that we can bring true global coverage and consistently high standards to our clients, we have established close partnerships with independent relationship law firms in over 100 jurisdictions where we do not currently have an office.

Our Global Experts and Markets bring together lawyers from across Allen & Overy with significant experience of working on deals in key regions and markets – they support our clients with their business needs across any region by mobilising international teams as well as selecting and maintaining our ties with our chosen relationship law firms. As our network of relationship law firms has grown, we have committed to build an enduring bond that will bring value to them, us and ultimately to our clients.