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Understanding the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Watch Partner Nicholas Adkins talk to Tan Sri Dato Dr Michael Yeoh (Chairman of the World Chinese Economic Forum) about the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, of which Australia is a founding member. Dr Yeoh talks about the AIIB's key objectives and priority projects and what opportunities it presents for Australian businesses.

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Allens has one of the largest and most dynamic groups of banking specialists in the region. We are one of the few firms to feature on every major legal panel in the Australian finance market and we advise some of the world's leading financial institutions, corporates and governments across the Asian region.

We are a leading transactional banking and finance practice with high-end speciality in project finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, securitisation and debt capital markets, asset finance and corporate and property finance. The firm was ranked in the highest tier of Chambers Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for 2014 in all areas of finance covered and in 2014 Allens topped the highly regarded Bloomberg Syndicated Loans Legal Adviser table for Asia Pacific (excluding Japan), advising lenders and borrowers on more than $58 billion worth of loans.

Already the leading banking and finance firm in Australia, our push into Asia continues to strengthen on the back of a number of recent transactions in the region. We are able to service the banks, their clients and our own corporate clients, in multi-jurisdictional transactions and with multi-level funding arrangements.

Lenders, credit enhancers, sponsors, borrowers and packagers have come to rely on our expert advice and sound commercial experience. Our partners have a depth of experience to enable them to advise clients on the technical aspects of transactions, while taking into account their commercial needs. Our finance clients include Australia's four major banks as well as Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, GE Capital, HBOS Australia, HSBC Bank, JP Morgan, Investec, Macquarie Bank, Rabobank, RBS, SG Australia, Suncorp Metway and UBS. We also act for major corporates such as Alumina, Amcor, Aristocrat, Billabong, Brambles, Caltex, CSL, Ford, Fosters, Newcrest, News Corp, Origin Energy, Rio Tinto, TABCORP and Wesfarmers. We also have a strong property finance practice and act for major property funds and investors including ALE, Charter Hall, DEXUS, Frasers, Goodman and Investa.