Head Office & Governance

Expertise and experience

Allens' Head Office & Governance team has extensive experience in providing practical and tailored advice on corporate governance and head office advisory matters. The team understands the challenges companies face in balancing the obligations of directors and the rights and expectations of shareholders against the realities of running a business in a complex commercial and regulatory environment.

The Head Office & Governance team regularly advises domestic and international public and private companies across numerous industries, working closely with client boards, in-house lawyers, the HR and company secretariat functions, and individual directors (in particular, board and committee Chairs).

Network of experts

Allens' Head Office & Governance team brings together a network of highly skilled lawyers from across the firm with particular expertise in corporate governance issues and practices. The team includes specialists in corporate law, employment law and tax law. The multidisciplinary and multijurisdictional team works together closely, pooling knowledge and experience, to ensure that clients are provided with comprehensive and pragmatic solutions to a wide range of corporate governance matters, whether they are of a straight forward nature or more complex (for example in a takeover scenario or in the context of shareholder activism).

When necessary, the team engages with colleagues from other specialist areas to provide innovative solutions in relation to broader issues, such as regulatory investigations, corporate governance litigation and shareholder activism.

Thought leaders

The team is up-to-date with emerging domestic and international corporate governance developments and has a strong understanding of evolving market practices. Team members are active in making submissions to government, regulators and public inquiries, as well as publishing on topical issues.

A number of the members of our Head Office & Governance team are involved with key industry bodies that are active in corporate governance issues, including the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Governance Institute and the Law Council of Australia. The team also has a well-developed network of contacts in corporate regulatory authorities, helping them to understand the regulators' priorities and concerns and to find sensible solutions to compliance issues.

Our corporate governance presentations, including as part of the Allens Corporate Counsel Seminar Series, provide insights into topical corporate governance issues and ensure that our clients stay abreast of developments and have a forum in which to share their views.

Our services

The Head Office & Governance team has a wide range of experience in advising clients on the areas below. Please click on an area for further details of this experience.

Corporate Governance and Head Office Advisory services