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Allen & Overy LLP

Corporate/M&A

3 ranked lawyersBand 3AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Allen & Overy maintains a well-established practice with a talent for handling complex cross-border transactions, integrating domestic expertise with both a substantial regional presence and the wider global network. Acts regularly for renowned multinationals and leading domestic players on multi-jurisdictional transactions and investments. Frequently acts for inbound investors into Australasia, particularly from Asia. Maintains a particularly high profile in the energy and resources, financial services and infrastructure spheres. Key clients include Asahi, Crescent Capital Partners and Mitsubishi Materials.

Strengths

A client who reports being "incredibly impressed by the overall performance of Allen & Overy" on a recent mandate, cites in particular "a depth of knowledge which always resulted in incredibly good quality advice,""very clear and concise negotiation," and consistent dedication to the objective of securing "the best outcome for us."

Another client reports: "Allen & Overy's lawyers are highly responsive, always available, very thorough and across all the details of the transaction. The advice they provide is based on market practices and expectations, and commercially pragmatic."

Work highlights

Allen & Overy advised IOOF Holdings on its AUD1.44 billion acquisition from National Australia Bank of the superannuation and wealth management business MLC Wealth.

Notable practitioners

Aaron Kenavan , based in Sydney, brings over 20 years' experience in the international M&A space to advise both on major transactions and on broader corporate issues.

Jamie Palmer focuses on private equity transactions, overseeing both acquisitions and investments, and often assisting clients on cross-border deals. Acknowledged by market sources to be a "solid, safe pair of hands" in the private equity space, he is summed up by a client as a "truly amazing, very commercial and strategic operator," set apart by his combination of "a brilliant mind with fast responses" with a flair for "making everything easy to understand."

Michael Parshall handles significant M&A transactions for clients from a number of sectors, notably including those of energy and financial services. A client who found him "the most experienced and knowledgeable" lawyer of all those involved in a particular matter, adds: "Michael’s calm and fair approach to all matters immediately built trust and rapport with the teams on both sides, to a point where he became a trusted adviser to everyone involved in the project." He is based in Sydney.

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Australia

Corporate/M&A


Aaron Kenavan
Band 3
Michael Parshall
Band 3

Private Equity


Jamie Palmer
Band 4