Allens Arthur Robinson and Linklaters are pleased to announce the formation of a new integrated alliance that will result in the two firms working together closely for the benefit of clients around the world.
Whilst the two firms will remain independent, they have complementary practices that will enable them to provide a fully integrated service to clients.
Allens will become the alliance partner of Linklaters in Australia and Linklaters will become Allens alliance partner elsewhere in the world. In addition, the two firms will establish joint ventures in Asia.
The nature of this alliance means that in relation to joint matters clients will benefit from one point of contact, a unified team drawn from the best resources of each firm, and advice and support provided in a consistent manner and style. This approach will be underpinned by the firms aligning their processes and procedures, actively sharing resources and cooperating in relation to recruitment and training.
In Asia the two firms have formed a joint venture to deliver market leading capabilities in energy, resources and infrastructure projects work.
Additionally, in respect of Indonesian work, the firms have formed a joint venture building on Allens' existing relationship with Widyawan & Partners. The strategic focus of the Indonesian joint venture will be on energy, resources and infrastructure, banking, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions work, with the intention to invest significantly in these strategic practices.
Allens Chief Executive Partner, Michael Rose, said:
"Arrangements will always be driven by our clients' wishes - they want access to the best people and teams. We believe our relationship with Linklaters will expand their options. Under this agreement clients will have access to the best expertise around the world through our extended teams and networks."
Linklaters Senior Partner, Robert Elliott, said:
"The firms are a very good fit, we have a similar client base, complementary practice areas, cultural synergy, a leading depth and breadth of expertise, and strength of brand in our respective markets. By combining our resources and aligning our supporting processes we will be able to enhance and expand what we can do for our clients."
Allens Chairman, Ewen Crouch, said:
"Combining our respective firms' resources will provide our clients with a service they cannot get elsewhere. We are very excited about the opportunities this will create."
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From 1 May, Allens will be an independent partnership operating in alliance with Linklaters LLP.