find the latest legal job
Banking Associate - 1-6PQE - Allen & Overy
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: United Kingdom
· Banking Associate - 1-6 PQE - Allen & Overy
View details
Academic Dean and Head of School of the TC Beirne School of Law
Category: Other | Location: Brisbane QLD 4000
· An outstanding opportunity · Provide educational, research and organisational leadership
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: Arncliffe NSW 2205
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: Sydney NSW 2000
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Allens and Blakes tackle takeovers

Allens and Blakes tackle takeovers

NEWLY ANNOUNCED appointments to the Takeovers Panel mean that law firms Allens Arthur Robinson and Blake Dawson Waldron have strong representation in the peer review body.Both Allens partner Guy…

NEWLY ANNOUNCED appointments to the Takeovers Panel mean that law firms Allens Arthur Robinson and Blake Dawson Waldron have strong representation in the peer review body.

Both Allens partner Guy Alexander and Blakes partner Byron Koster told Lawyers Weekly that being on the panel is an excellent way to have day-to-day involvement in takeovers and to keep learning about this specialist area.

Joining other members of their firms on the panel, the partners agreed it was also a great way to meet their peers in the mergers and acquisitions area. Koster joins Blakes’ Melbourne consultant Elizabeth Alexander, Graham Bradley, formerly of Blakes, and Marie McDonald. Guy Alexander joins Allens’ Andrew Knox and Kevin McCann.

The Takeovers Panel is the primary forum for resolving disputes about a takeover bid until the bid period has ended. It is a peer review body, with part-time members drawn mostly from Australia’s takeovers and business communities.

The Panel is useful career-wise, Koster said. There are 43 members so one is bound to meet a considerable section of those working in the M&A area, he said. Also, panel members must work on takeovers policy development, and will become part of committees that work on the development of that policy. This was attractive for one’s career, Koster said.

Guy Alexander said he was interested in the issues that are dealt with on the panel. Having provided a lot of input into it through the business law section of the Law Council of Australia, he realised it would be easier to do this from the inside.

When you sit in on cases, Koster said, you are going to see things differently to when you sit on the panel. “Being on the panel will give me a new perspective on takeovers, which is a fairly unique perspective. There are not many contexts where you can practise and be a decision maker as well.”

Alexander agreed that it will be interesting to be on the other side, “having gone through the process of acting for parties before the panel”. He was apprehensive, however, that he may be called upon during a big case. “I suppose it will come down to the goodwill of my clients when I am called.”

But the advantages of being in a body like the Takeovers Panel outweighed the disadvantages, he said, suggesting the experience would improve his skills in M&A as well.

Two primary things may have contributed to Alexander’s suitability for the panel position, he suggested. He had been before the panel on many occasions and had an active involvement with the panel’s executives on particular issues. Also, he had done a lot of work through Allens and the Law Council through his active development of policy.

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

Allens and Blakes tackle takeovers
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Gavel, legal book, criminal lawyers
Jan 19 2018
Three criminal lawyers named NSW magistrates
The NSW Attorney-General has announced the appointment of three new local court magistrates. ...
Warning
Jan 18 2018
Lawyer highlights ‘unintended consequences’ on SSM estate planning
A succession lawyer has warned that the right for same-sex couples to legally marry could have a sub...
drug rehabilitation services available in rural and remote communities
Jan 18 2018
ALS survey shines spotlight on insufficient rehabilitation services
A new survey posted by the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) has revealed an alarming insight into ...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...