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Our specialist industries
We have deep industry knowledge across a variety of industries and sectors from fintech and healthtech to blockchain and cybersecurity. We leverage our market-leading expertise to help you navigate the regulatory, operational and strategic issues facing data and tech enabled high-growth businesses.
Find out more about our specialist industries below, and see some of the startups in your industry we've helped along their growth journey.
In its simplest terms, fintech is all about technology enabling financial services to work as effectively as possible, for both the industry and consumers.
Our team is working with market-leading startups, as well as investors and corporate clients looking to harness opportunities in fintech. We have the knowledge and experience to assist startups as they navigate the legal and regulatory issues associated with their fintech solution.
In addition, Allens is one of the corporate foundation members of Stone & Chalk, an independent entity created to foster the development of world-class Australian fintech startups. Read our media release.
Healthtech, biotech and health innovation
Allens works closely with a number of key players in the pharmaceutics, biotechnology and medical devices industries.
Our team can help you with every aspect of the legal challenges and requirements for investing in, developing and obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals required for bringing new technology to market in this space.
We have worked with some of Australia's leading startups in the industry to assist them in product development, intellectual property protection, data use strategy and fundraising.
Every business, whether large or small, has to deal with reams of data and the accompanying complexities and risks. We can help your business develop its data use and analysis strategies in compliance with privacy and other data protection laws.
Our team has expertise in a range of big data applications. From assisting with the development of platform architecture and privacy-by-design frameworks, to ensuring startups are compliant with applicable privacy and data security requirements, our team can guide your business through any legal challenge associated with big data.
Online marketplaces are the primary type of multichannel e-commerce.
Our team has deep experience working with online marketplace operators in a range of industries, including established market players and disruptive new entrants. We have expertise in assisting clients to develop both their platform and terms of engagement to ensure compliance with relevant privacy, regulatory and industry legal requirements.
Cybersecurity is a critical concern for all businesses to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorised access. Given the increasing value of data, the cybersecurity sector provides a clear opportunity for innovative approaches.
Our team understands the implications of getting cybersecurity right from the get-go, and the challenges of doing business in a global market. We have also advised a number of startups in various sectors on a range of cyber issues.
If you would like to learn more about our cybersecurity expertise, please visit our Sector Page.
A number of clients (including Big 4 banks, telcos and new media companies) on a range of cyber issues including data breaches and engaging with regulators.
Blockchain and DLT
The media, banking and financial services and tech startups continue to be abuzz with the terms 'blockchain' and 'Bitcoin'.
The so-called 'distributed ledger technology' is causing the most excitement. A world away from the hard-copy ledgers of old, the attraction of this technology is that transactions or records can be authenticated over the internet without the need for an overarching central authority – and this can occur safely, swiftly and securely.
Our team advises a range of corporate and startup clients on all issues relating to blockchain, from governance arrangements and smart contracts to sector specific regulatory issues.
Technology is fuelling innovation and increased efficiency in the agricultural industry.
From new finance models to precision farming and supply chain optimisation, we have the experience to provide your business with expert legal advice on your use of agtech.
Allens is also a partner of SproutX, Australia's first agtech pre-accelerator and $10 million agtech accelerator fund. Our team has a keen interest in the agtech sector and the unique problems agtech startups are solving.
Robotics, automation and machine learning
Technological advances in robotics, automation and machine learning raise issues with respect to privacy, employment, product liability and personal injury.
We have worked with a range of businesses in the robotics, drone and 3D printing space, providing advice on a range of legal issues and assisting on their transactions. We also have extensive knowledge of the legal issues arising from the development and use of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles.
Smart energy, resources and mining
The energy and resources sector is undergoing enormous and fast-paced innovation. Smart energy offers new ways of generating energy, innovative technologies for storing and deploying energy and new services and products that offer more efficient and cleaner use of resources.
Our team has expertise in creating corporate and legal structures for these non-traditional ways of delivering energy services whilst ensuring compliance with legal regulatory requirements.
We also advise on, and tackle with creative solutions, the full spectrum of industry issues that startups deal with.