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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.

Liberty Global, Inc.

Liberty Global, Inc.

Acting for Liberty Global, Inc. 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 & insights

Singapore Legal Update - January 2020

Publications: 20 JANUARY 2020

MAS consultations on the regulation of digital payment tokens

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued three new consultations each dealing with different aspects of the regulation of digital payment tokens (DPTs) under the Payment Services Act (PSA). It has also recently clarified that where a DPT may be characterized as either a debenture or as e-money, its policy approach will be to regulate it as e-money. Note that the PSA will come into force on 28 January 2020.

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Singapore company wound up in the U.S not allowed to block enforcement of charge over its shares

Publications: 20 JANUARY 2020

Singapore company wound up in the U.S not allowed to block enforcement of charge over its shares

In a recent case, the High Court had to consider whether to apply a moratorium to the enforcement of a share charge taken over the shares in a Singapore company where that company was subject to insolvency proceedings in the United States. It held that it had no basis to do so under section 259 of the Companies Act which renders void a transfer of shares in company made after the commencement of a winding up by the Singapore Court as that section did not apply to a foreign proceedings.

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News: 07 JANUARY 2020

A&O rounds off 2019 with stellar performance in global M&A league tables

A&O has marked the end of Q4 2019 with a stellar performance in the M&A league tables; the result of advising on a number of complex, high-value transactions in a wide range of sectors and markets, around our global network in 2019. 

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News: 18 DECEMBER 2019

Allen & Overy advises Palisade on its acquisition of Snowtown 2 Wind Farm

Allen & Overy has advised Palisade Investment Partners (Palisade) on its acquisition of the Snowtown 2 Wind Farm from Tilt Renewables.

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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. 

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