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Allens advises Joint Lead Managers on one of Australia's largest IPOs - 31 July 2018
Allens has advised Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Lead Managers and UBS as a Joint Lead Manager on the IPO of Viva Energy Group Limited, Australia's largest IPO over the last four years.

Allens ranks number one in Asia Pacific for both borrower and lender roles - 25 July 2018
Allens has been ranked top legal adviser in the Asia Pacific in the syndicated loans and project finance league tables for the first half of 2018. The firm ranked number one for both borrower and lender roles both in deal value and number of deals.

Allens acts on first NAIF financing - 12 June 2018
Allens has acted for Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility on its first financing, the $16.8 million financing of the Onslow Marine Support Base in Western Australia.

Allens advises on A$50m financing of WA mineral sands project - 14 May 2018
Allens has advised Image Resources on the A$50 million financing of its Boonanarring mineral sands project.

Allens advises senior financiers on Ventura Bus Company refinancing - 7 May 2018
Allens has advised a syndicate of senior lenders on the refinancing of Ventura Bus Company's existing debt facilities, which included senior debt, mezzanine debt and third ranking notes.

Allens advises on innovative financing for Melbourne roads upgrade - 21 December 2017
Allens has advised the Netflow consortium on an innovative financing arrangement for its A$1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade public-private partnership.

Allens advises ANZ on $3.83bn sales of life and wealth businesses - 20 December 2017
Allens has advised ANZ on the simplification of its Wealth Australia business, including the sale of its life insurance business for $2.85 billion and its OnePath pensions and investments and aligned dealer groups business for $975 million.

Allens advises Endeavour Energy on $350M bond issue - 13 December 2017
Allens has capped off a busy year in debt capital markets by advising Endeavour Energy on a $350 million Australian medium term note program (AMTN).

New partner for PNG - 4 December 2017
Allens has appointed Sarah Kuman as partner of its Papua New Guinea practice.

Allens advises Bendigo and Adelaide Bank on $300M offer of Converting Preference Shares 4 - 24 October 2017
Allens has advised Bendigo and Adelaide Bank on its $300 million offer of Converting Preference Shares 4 (CPS4), a hybrid security that will qualify as additional Tier 1 Capital for the Bank.

Allens helps deliver a healthy hospital outcome - 11 September 2017
Allens has advised the Plenary Health consortium on the expansion of the existing Casey Hospital through a series of transactions that closed late last week.

Allens advises Westpac on zipMoney investment - 15 August 2017
Allens has advised Westpac on its $40 million investment in listed Fintech zipMoney.

Allens advises on Australian-first dementia village - 19 July 2017
Allens has provided pro bono advice to Social Ventures Australia on the financing of the ground-breaking Korongee dementia care village.

Allens advises financiers on Icon Group acquisition - 25 May 2017
Allens has advised Credit Suisse AG and Goldman Sachs Australia as financiers of the acquisition of the Icon Group, Australia's largest private cancer and oncology services group.

Allens advises Pacific Hydro on global funding platform - 22 May 2017
Allens has advised Pacific Hydro on the implementation of a new A$670 million global funding platform to provide financing across a portfolio of renewable energy assets throughout Australia and Chile.

Allens advises ARENA on large-scale solar program projects - 10 May 2017
Allens' financing team has advised the Australian Renewable Energy Agency in connection with the funding of three solar farms with combined project costs of $274 million.

Allens hosts RegTech Association launch as corporate partner - 31 March 2017
The RegTech Association, a first-of-its-kind industry body designed to promote Australia's growing regulatory technology industry, has launched with Allens as one of its corporate sponsors.

Allens advises financiers on Manildra Solar Farm Project - 29 March 2017
Allens has advised two global financiers with respect to the provision of senior debt facilities to First Solar in connection with the development of the Manildra Solar Farm.

Allens advises on landmark solar farm portfolio financing - 15 March 2017
Allens renewables financing team, led by Partner and Head of Project Finance, Michael Ryan and Senior Associate Lisa Zhou, have advised Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale on the A$230 million debt facility for a portfolio of large-scale solar farm projects.

Accolades for Allens at FinanceAsia awards - 9 February 2017
Allens has been named Best Financial Law Firm Australia 2016 by FinanceAsia at its annual awards.

Allens advises Bendigo and Adelaide Bank on strategic partnership with Equity Trustees - 20 December 2016
Allens has advised Bendigo and Adelaide Bank on a strategic partnership with Equity Trustees involving the sale of its Estates business.

Allens advises Hunan Valin on US$355 million issuance - 15 November 2016
Allens has advised Hunan Valin Iron and Steel Group Co. Ltd (Hunan Valin) on the issuance of US$355 million zero coupon bonds due 2021, exchangeable for approximately 65 million shares in Fortescue Metals Group Ltd.

Allens advises Plenary on market-leading infrastructure bond deal - 25 October 2016
Allens has advised a Plenary-led consortium on the successful $1 billion refinancing of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC).

Allens advises Iron Mountain on groundbreaking $250 million syndicated Term Loan B facility - 6 October 2016
Allens has advised Iron Mountain Incorporated on an Australian dollar syndicated Term Loan B facility to be used for the refinancing of its existing facilities.

Allens bolsters banking and finance team with Nicholas Creed appointment in Perth - 17 August 2016
Allens has appointed Nicholas Creed as a partner to its Banking and Finance (BAF) practice in Perth, further strengthening the firm's team.

Linklaters and Allens advise on Victoria International Container Terminal Limited - 27 July 2016
On 20 July 2016, Victoria International Container Terminal Limited (VICT), the Australian subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), successfully closed an export credit agency-covered syndicated loan facility in an amount of A$398 million (approximately US$300 million) with seven leading global financial institutions, comprising Citibank N.A., KFW IPEX-Bank GmbH and Standard Chartered Bank as Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners, Bank of China Limited, DBS Bank Ltd. and Investec Bank PLC as Mandated Lead Arrangers, and Cathay United Bank as Lead Arranger.

Allens appoints five new partners - 4 July 2016
Allens is pleased to announce the appointment of five new partners: Chris Blane, Benjamin Downie, Linda Govenlock, Chung Le and Scott McCoy.

Allens advises on Northern Star Resources $100M refinancing - 28 June 2016
Allens has advised the lenders on the establishment of a $100 million syndicated revolving debt facility for Northern Star Resources Limited, replacing Northern Star's previous undrawn senior facility.

The Zenith: Allens advises BlackRock and Centuria on joint purchase - 23 May 2016
Allens has advised a BlackRock investment client and Centuria Property Funds Limited on their joint acquisition of The Zenith.

Allens advises Redbubble on IPO and ASX listing - 11 May 2016
Allens has advised Redbubble Limited on its $39.8 million Initial Public Offer, launched with the lodgement of a prospectus on 19 April.

Michelle Levy wins Partner of the Year - 29 April 2016
Partner Michelle Levy was announced as 'Partner of the Year' in the Financial Services category at last night's Lawyers Weekly inaugural awards ceremony held in Sydney

Forrest Centre in WA sells - 26 February 2016
YT International, an investor associated with Perth Upper China Hotel, has purchased the Forrest Centre office tower in Perth's CBD.

Allens advises China Construction Bank on Pacific Hydro acquisition financing - 2 February 2016
Allens has advised China Construction Bank Corporation, Sydney Branch on two syndicated facilities of approximately A$1 billion and US$1.7 billion to fund the acquisition of Pacific Hydro and other things.

Allens advises Archer Capital on sale of Healthe Care - 8 December 2015
Allens has advised Archer Capital on its proposed divestment of private hospital business Healthe Care to China's Luye Medical Group.

Allens helps pave way on Australia's largest urban road project - 25 November 2015
Allens has advised the Federal Government on a $2 billion concessional loan for the second stage of Australia's largest urban road project, WestConnex.

Allens advises on Programmed Maintenance Services' $600 million syndicated facility - 18 November 2015
Allens has advised Programmed Maintenance Services Limited (PMSL) and its subsidiaries on the refinancing of debt funding in connection with the acquisition of the SKILLED Group by PMSL under a scheme of arrangement.

Allens advises IDP Education on A$331.6 million IPO - 12 November 2015
Allens has advised IDP Education Limited on its A$331.6 million Initial Public Offer, launched with lodgement of a prospectus on 12 November 2015.

Allens acts on major capital raisings - 19 October 2015
Allens has acted on two initial public offerings, including the biggest IPO in Australia this year.

Take off: Allens advises Sydney Airport on $535m T3 transaction - 25 September 2015
Allens has advised Sydney Airport on its new agreement with Qantas covering the airport's Terminal 3.

Allens advises bank syndicate on $300 million banking facility - 2 September 2015
Allens has acted for a syndicate of banks in the establishment of a $300 million syndicated banking facility for business equipment financier Silver Chef Limited.

Allens appoints Banking & Finance Managing Associate - 18 August 2015
Allens has further bolstered its market-leading Banking & Finance practice with the appointment of Benjamin Downie as a Managing Associate.

Allens advises DUET Group on proposed $1.4 billion energy acquisition and $1.67 billion capital raising - 20 July 2015
International law firm Allens has advised energy utility assets operator DUET Group on its proposed $1.4 billion acquisition of Energy Developments Limited and $1.67 billion equity raising to fund the proposed acquisition.

Allens helps steer Burson Group in auto parts acquisition - 19 June 2015
Allens has advised leading automotive aftermarket parts specialist Burson Group Limited in its $275 million acquisition of Metcash Automotive Holdings.

Allens acts on $12 billion real estate investment trust merger - 17 June 2015
Allens has acted for Federation Centres in its recent merger with fellow real estate investment trust Novion Property Group.

Allens advises Hillgrove on multi-source refinancing - 3 June 2015
Allens has advised Hillgrove Resources Limited on the refinancing of its debt, bonding and hedging facilities for the Kanmantoo copper mine operation, comprising a US$14 million Pre-Export Facility loan (plus a further US$6 million tranche subject to conditions), a deferral and extension of the existing price participation obligations under the offtake agreement, a A$20 million Performance Bond Facility and associated commodity hedging facilities.

Allens advises on NAB's record-breaking A$5.5 billion entitlement offer - 13 May 2015
Allens has advised Macquarie Capital (Australia) Limited, Merrill Lynch Equities (Australia) Limited and Morgan Stanley Australia Securities Limited as the joint lead managers and underwriters of National Australia Bank's A$5.5 billion entitlement offer announced on 7 May 2015, the largest-ever entitlement offer by an ASX-listed company.

Allens advises Bendigo and Adelaide Bank on offer of Convertible Preference Shares 3 - 5 May 2015
Allens has advised Bendigo and Adelaide Bank on its A$225 million of Convertible Preference Shares 3 (CPS3), following the issue of similar convertible preference shares (CPS2) in late 2014.

Allens advises REST on its first direct debt investment - 13 April 2015
Allens has acted for Australian superannuation fund REST Industry Super (REST) to achieve completion of its first direct debt investment.

Allens advises on groundbreaking renewable energy funding deal - 20 March 2015
Law firm Allens has advised Infrastructure Capital Group on the successful A$205 million issue in the US Private Placement market by Hallett Hill No.2 Wind Farm.

Allens lends a hand to Global Health - 16 March 2015
Allens has advised the Global Health Investment Fund (GHIF), a private investment fund whose mission is to finance late-stage drugs, vaccines and diagnostics for diseases that disproportionately burden low-income populations, on a US$10 million program with Medicines Development, a not-for-profit biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Melbourne.

Allens acts on Newcrest Mining block trade - 2 March 2015
Allens has acted for Newcrest Mining Limited on the company's selldown of its stake in Evolution Mining Limited.

Allens advises GPT Group on $325 million capital raising - 6 February 2015
Allens has advised the GPT Group on its $325 million capital raising and the redemption of its Exchangeable Securities from GIC.

Allens acts on $2.9 billion NorthConnex road project - 5 February 2015
Allens has acted for Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) on its role in the consortium to fund the construction of, and then own, the NorthConnex project in Sydney.

Allens advises Tabcorp on A$236 million entitlement offer - 5 February 2015
Allens has advised Tabcorp Holdings Limited on its A$236 million capital raising.

Allens tops global infrastructure project finance tables - 23 January 2015
Allens has topped the global table as the leading legal adviser for infrastructure project finance deals in 2014.

Allens tops syndicated loans tables - 22 January 2015
Allens has been ranked the number one legal adviser in the Asia-Pacific for syndicated loans in 2014, according to the latest Bloomberg league tables.

Allens acts for DUET Group on equity raising - 17 December 2014
Allens has advised DUET Group on its $397 million fully underwritten, non-renounceable pro rata entitlement offer.

Allens acts for Allianz on Territory Insurance Office acquisition - 1 December 2014
Allens has advised insurance company Allianz Australia on its purchase of the Northern Territory Government's general insurance business.

Allens acts on major agribusiness deal - 20 November 2014
Allens has advised property fund manager CorVal Partners Limited and family office RF Capital in their purchase of six poultry processing facilities across Australia from Inghams Property Management Pty Ltd.

Allens acts on landmark municipal note program - 13 November 2014
Allens has acted for the Municipal Association of Victoria in connection with the establishment of Australia's first municipal note program, the Local Government Funding Vehicle.

Allens and Linklaters lead way on Euro issuances for Australian corporates - 7 October 2014
Global integrated alliance partners Allens and Linklaters have advised the arrangers on a 500 million Euro Medium Term Note issuance for Australia's largest rail freight operator, Aurizon Network.

Allens advises the lenders on $925 million refinancing of Growthpoint Properties - 1 October 2014
Allens has acted for the syndicate lenders in connection with the refinance and restructure of ASX-listed Growthpoint Properties' A$925 million syndicated bank debt facilities.

Allens advises financiers for North West Rail Link operations contract - 23 September 2014
Allens has advised a consortium of financiers to the successful consortium which will operate Sydney's North West Rail Link - Australia's biggest public transport project.

Allens acts on offer of Convertible Preference Shares 2 by Bendigo and Adelaide Bank - 11 September 2014
Allens has advised Bendigo and Adelaide Bank on its A$250 million offer of Convertible Preference Shares 2 (CPS2) which will qualify as additional Tier 1 Capital. The offer is being undertaken in connection with the redemption of the Bank's step-up preference shares.

Allens advises QBE Insurance Limited on equity raising - 20 August 2014
Allens has advised QBE Insurance Group Limited in connection with their A$810 million equity raising.

Allens advises lenders on Westlink M7 refinancing - 18 August 2014
Allens has advised the lender group in the $1.27 billion refinancing of Westlink M7 motorway in Sydney, New South Wales.

Allens advises Aristocrat on A$1.37bn US acquisition - 8 July 2014
Allens has advised Aristocrat Leisure Limited (Aristocrat) on its A$1.37bn acquisition of Tennessee based Video Gaming Technologies, Inc. (VGT).Allens has advised Aristocrat Leisure Limited (Aristocrat) on its A$1.37bn acquisition of Tennessee based Video Gaming Technologies, Inc. (VGT).

Allens advises on $1 billion sale of Wesfarmers insurance broking business - 26 June 2014
Allens has advised on one of the largest trade sales of the 2013/14 financial year.

Allens advises on major shipping finance deal - 19 June 2014
Allens has advised ANZ and NAB as lenders on a matter that will see Mermaid Marine Australia Limited (MMA) receive new debt facilities, including a US$227 million facility, to part-fund its S$625 million acquisition of the subsidiaries of Jaya Holdings Limited.

Allens advises China's Tianqi Group on lithium joint venture - 29 May 2014
Allens has advised the Tianqi Group, China's largest producer of lithium-based chemicals, on its US$1 billion lithium joint venture with Rockwood which closed today.

Allens advises on sale of Peters Ice Cream - 28 May 2014
Allens is advising Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) on the sale of Peters Ice Cream to leading European ice cream manufacturer, R&R Ice Cream.

Linklaters and Allens advise Bank of China Sydney on landmark Renminbi deal - 19 May 2014
Alliance partners Linklaters and Allens have acted for Bank of China Limited, Sydney Branch on its CNY 2 billion note offering which was completed on 16 April 2014. This transaction marks the first ever Renminbi offering targeting Australian institutional investors.

Allens acts on string of bond deals for infrastructure companies - 15 April 2014
Allens has acted on the latest example of a single asset infrastructure company entering the domestic debt capital markets.

Allens advises lenders on $22 billion debt financing - 3 April 2014
Allens has acted for a syndicate of 20 lenders that is providing the $22 billion needed for shopping centre group Westfield Group to complete its restructure and merge its Australian and New Zealand business with Westfield Retail Trust.

Allens acts on significant capital raising to fund PNG gas acquisition - 28 February 2014
Allens has acted for Papua New Guinea's largest oil and gas exploration and development company Oil Search in the funding of its acquisition of a share of the largest undeveloped gas resource in PNG.

Cool PE deal: Allens acts on sale of air conditioning business - 5 February 2014
Allens has acted for private equity firm Catalyst Investment Managers Pty Ltd in the sale of the Actrol Group to Reece Australia Limited for $280 million.

Allens acts on first wholesale Tier 2 issue under new Basel III rules - 22 January 2014
Allens has advised Bendigo and Adelaide Bank on the first wholesale Tier 2 subordinated note issuance by an Australian domestic bank since the Basel III rules in relation to regulatory capital came into effect.

Allens acts on a string of capital markets transactions - 2 December 2013
Allens has advised the New Zealand Government on the sale of a 20 per cent stake in Air New Zealand for NZ$365 million (A$324 million), in one of a flurry of capital markets deals involving the Allens team.

New anti-bullying jurisdiction welcomed, but refinement needed - 25 November 2013
Allens Partner Simon Dewberry has welcomed the arrival of the Federal Government's new anti-bullying jurisdiction, but warns that the new regime will need to be complemented with appropriate checks and balances.

Allens acts on $7.4 billion corporate refinancing - 22 August 2013
Allens advised Origin Energy on one of Australia's largest ever corporate refinancings.

Allens acts for BWP Trust on significant refinancing - 19 August 2013
Allens has advised BWP Management Ltd, the responsible entity of the BWP Trust, on the refinancing of its A$430 million bilateral bank facilities.

Allens acts for NZ company Summerset on A$565 million ASX listing - 18 July 2013
International law firm Allens has advised New Zealand retirement village owner and operator Summerset Group Holdings Limited on its ASX listing.

Allens acts on Australia's largest private equity buyout - 1 July 2013
Allens has advised the mandated lead arrangers, underwriters and bookrunners on the financing of the acquisition by US private equity firm TPG of Australian and New Zealand poultry firm Ingham Enterprises.

Allens helps Vietnam refinery project take giant step forward - 6 June 2013
Vietnam's largest-ever project financing took a significant step forward yesterday, with the signing of loan facilities and related documents for a US$5 billion financing of the US$9 billion Nghi Son oil refinery in northern Vietnam.

Leading international firms in Australia band together to provide best practice advice and solutions for clients - 16 May 2013
Several leading law firms, competitors in the fiercely competitive legal sector, have worked together in the interest of their clients to develop a best practice industry approach to drafting security documents following the commencement of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA). This is a welcome example of how leading firms can drive the direction and development of the industry to the benefit of clients and market efficiency.

Allens and ANZ to host Chinese banking delegation - 13 May 2013
Leading international law firm Allens and regional Australian bank ANZ will host a delegation in Sydney representing 12 of China's mainland banks tomorrow.

Allens advises QIC on winning Moomba to Adelaide pipeline bid - 22 April 2013
Allens has advised Australia's third-largest institutional investment manager, QIC Private Capital Pty Ltd, on its successful bid to acquire one of Australia's oldest and longest pipelines.

Allens advises EIG on major coal project financing - 19 April 2013
Allens has advised leading institutional investor EIG Global Energy Partners on the provision of a US$350 million senior secured debt facility to Coalspur (ASX: CPL, TSX: CPT). It will fund the majority of Stage 1 of the Vista Coal Project in Calgary, Canada.

Allens acts on sale of Nintex Group - 9 April 2013
Allens has advised Melbourne-based software developer Nintex Group Pty Ltd on its US$222 million takeover by a consortium of US private equity firms comprising Boston-based TA Associates and Washington-based Updata Partners.

Allens advises Lend Lease on aged care sale - 3 April 2013
Allens has advised construction and development firm Lend Lease Group on the sale of its aged care business for A$270 million to Australian Aged Care Partners, which is controlled by funds managed or advised by Archer Capital.

Allens acts on sale of prime Brisbane CBD building - 2 April 2013
Allens has advised Grosvenor Australia on its sale of a 50 per cent interest in 400 George Street, Brisbane, to the Motor Accident Commission of South Australia (MAC) for more than $195 million.

Allens acts on Australia's biggest environmental upgrade agreement - 26 March 2013
Allens has advised ANZ on its commitment to provide a $16.5 million senior secured loan to Eureka Funds Management Limited, as trustee of The Australian Environmental Upgrade Fund No. 2.

Allens acts in major infrastructure refinancing - 8 March 2013
International law firm Allens has acted as corporate counsel for Frequency Infrastructure Communications Assets Limited (Frequency Infrastructure) and its related companies in the £3.6 billion investment grade and high yield refinancing conducted by Arqiva.

Allens and Linklaters act together to secure Securency for Innovia - 6 March 2013
Allens, in alliance with Linklaters, has advised Arle Capital Partners and its portfolio company, Innovia Films, on the acquisition of the remaining 50 per cent (approximately) interest in Securency International Pty Ltd from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).

Allens advises Alumina on strategic share placement - 15 February 2013
Allens has advised longstanding client Alumina Limited on a A$452 million placement of shares to Chinese state-owned CITIC Group at an issue price of A$1.235 a share.

Major refinery project to fuel Vietnam's growth - 13 February 2013
International law firm Allens has played a crucial role in the advancement of one of Asia's most important energy projects.

Privacy reforms leading issue for Australian corporate counsel in 2013 - 12 February 2013
About one third of in-house counsel have named privacy reform as the major issue facing companies in 2013, according to a poll by law firm Allens.

Allens advises Westpac on $1.25 billion hybrid deal - 7 February 2013
Allens is advising Westpac Banking Corporation on its offer of Westpac Capital Notes, a Tier 1 hybrid security that qualifies as Additional Tier 1 Capital under the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority's new Basel III capital adequacy framework.

Allens tops project finance tables - 16 January 2013
International law firm Allens has topped the Dealogic project finance tables for the Asia-Pacific region in 2012 and ranked third globally.

Allens acts on Ichthys Project financing - 20 December 2012
Allens has advised the sponsors, led by INPEX Corporation and Total, on the record US$20 billion project financing for the US$34 billion Ichthys Project. Located in Darwin, the Ichthys Project is a world-class LNG project and one of the largest projects being undertaken in Australia.