Our lawyers regularly contribute articles to leading newspapers, magazines and websites that provide insight into their field.
The articles below are the versions submitted to the publications and they may have undergone further editing.
We are happy to provide comment on general legal and business issues to the media where appropriate. Please contact Corporate Communications Manager Jason Silverii on +61 (0)420 924 348 or email Jason.Silverii@allens.com.au.
Patent case a win for everyone
There has been a long-standing public debate as to whether genes and their biological products should be patented. The Australian Patent Office has consistently recognised isolated DNA and RNA as patentable but that hasn't quietened debate.
An edited version of this article appeared in the Australian Financial Review on 22 February 2013.
The rise of the MAC clause in private deals
It remains a difficult market for those looking to exit investments and this has served to increase the bargaining power of buyers and allow them to push harder when negotiating deal terms.
An edited version of this article appeared on the Australian Financial Review's Capital website on 11 December 2012.
Consumer action and the power price
There were times when hosing down the driveway, leaving the tap running while brushing your teeth and watering the garden in the heat of the day were par for the course. Now, while most informed consumers would recoil at such waste of a precious resource, we continue to burn lights in uninhabited rooms, leave computers on overnight and use climate control in reasonable climes.
An edited version of this article appeared on AFR.com on 26 September 2012.
Should Australia have a 'put up or shut up' rule?
Australian Securities and Investments Commission chairman Greg Medcraft this week proposed a review of Australia's takeover rules and re-opened the question of whether a UK-style 'put up or shut up rule' should be introduced.
An edited version of this article appeared on AFR.com on 13 July 2012.
Regulating foreign investment in Mongolia
One of the great challenges for countries transitioning from a country with economic potential to that of an economic power is the way it handles foreign investment.
An edited version of this article was published on AFR.com on 25 June 2012.
Are our prospectus rules really to blame?
The argument that the need for a prospectus for some funding structures deters issuers using those structures seems to be more of a convenient excuse than a determinative factor.
An edited version of this article was published on AFR.com's Capital website on 30 May 2012.
Feed-in tariffs may have the power
Last year was a tough one for the solar technology industry in Australia.
An edited version of this article was published on AFR.com on 13 March 2012.
Pricing in the carbon financing risk
The Federal Government's carbon pricing scheme raises a number of issues for the financing of emissions and energy intensive projects.
An edited version of this article was published the Climate Spectator website on 9 March 2012.
Global connections fuel gas growth
This year was another significant year for the international gas industry, and Australia remains at the forefront of new developments and projects in the gas industry.
An edited version of this article was published by the Australian Financial Review on 22 December 2011.
Australia a hedge play for global PE funds
Partner Tom Story reports on the outlook for private equity in Australia going into 2012.
An edited version of this article was published by the Australian Financial Review on 22 November 2011.
The facts about referendums in Australia
Lawyers Sylvia Arzey and Alison Mathews discuss the issues surrounding the push for Indigenous recognition in the Australian constitution.
An edited version of this article was published in The Australian on 11 November 2011.
Drilling down for more disclosure
Partners Scott Langford and Igor Bogdanich discuss developments in disclosure rules for mining, oil and gas companies.
An edited version of this article was published in the Australian Financial Review on 7 November 2011.
It's not all doom and gloom in Japan
Partners Tim Lester and Igor Bogdanich look at the economic outlook for Japan in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that rocked the country in early 2011.
An edited version of this article was published in the Australian Financial Review on 12 August 2011.
Settling on sorry
Senior Associate Peter Haig discusses his involvement in the pro bono case of Indigenous man Neville Austin.
An edited version of this article was published in the Lawyers Weekly on 2 August 2011.
Key issues in OHS Harmonisation
Partner Simon Dewberry and Lawyer Andrew Stirling examine upcoming changes to national OHS laws.
An edited version of this article was published in Keeping Good Companies magazine in August 2011.
Partner Gavin Smith offers safety tips and advice to boards on data security.
An edited version of this article was published in the MIS magazine in August 2011.
Politics trumps policy to silence GST debate
Partner Ross Stitt examines why there is a lack of debate over raising the GST.
An edited version of this article was first published in the Australian Financial Review on 29 July 2011.
Emissions tax will directly hit 500 companies: but who gets the bill?
Partner Grant Anderson examines the detail of the liability scheme outlined under the Federal Government's carbon pricing scheme.
An edited version of this article was published in The Age/Sydney Morning Herald on 19 July 2011.