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Sector leader

Paul Nicols

Paul Nicols
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The Allens industrials team advises Australia's, and the world's, leading companies across industries including: agribusiness, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, business services and logistics, defence contractors, retail and manufacturing.

Globally, companies in these sectors operate in a highly competitive environment and face the impact of consolidation, globalisation, and increased public and legal scrutiny. Our clients are responding to the challenges created by increased international competition and the rising entrance of low-cost overseas competitors, as well as structural change in customer demand and the need to manage risk across international operations.

Allens regularly provides legal advice to clients involved in responding to these challenges, whether it be in relation to acquisition or divestment plans, managing a response to changes in competition regulation, trade practices issues, commercial contracting, intellectual property protection, high-profile strategic litigation, the management of corporate property holdings or taxation issues.

We act for longstanding Australian-based clients and assist new entrants into the Australian market. We also advise Australian private and listed industrial companies looking at offshore growth, particularly in new territories in Asia.

Our clients

Australian Agricultural Company, Agrium, Black River Asset Management, Cargill Australia, Gavilon Grain, Queensland Sugar.

Food and Beverage
Beam Brands, Heineken Lion Australia, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo and The Smith's Snackfood Company, SABMiller/Foster's Group, Schweppes, Wilmar International Limited, Yum! Brands Inc.

Healthscope, Ramsay Healthcare Limited, Sonic Healthcare.

Business Services
Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PwC.

Australia Post, Brambles.

Defence Contractors
BAE Systems, Raytheon Corporation.

Retail and Consumer Goods
Billabong, Baskin-Robbins, IKEA, Just Group, PZ Cussons, Sime Darby, Wesfarmers, Woolworths.

Amcor, The Decor Corporation, Du Pont, Dulux Group, Ford Australia, Holcim, Nuplex, Orica, Schneider Electric.

Case studies

Case study: Woolworths property spin-off

Case study: Woolworths property spin-off

Phases of project: Corporate, property, regulatory.
The twist: Woolworths chose an equal capital reduction, which allowed participation by all Woolworths shareholders as well as a lower approval threshold.
Benefits: Enabled Woolworths to return its focus to its core retail business.
Consider this structure when: Companies want to move a large holding off balance sheet.

Case study: Brambles acquisition of Pallecon

Case study: Brambles acquisition of Pallecon

The deal: Brambles Limited's €135 million acquisition of CEVA Logistic's intermediate bulk container business, Pallecon.
Phases of project: M&A, competition
The highlight: The geographical aspects and multi-jurisdictional element of the deal created particular challenges.
Benefits: The Allens and Linklaters alliance allowed seamless coordination of legal teams operating in multiple jurisdictions.