Another NRF partner bolts

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Another partner has left Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) for a rival.

After reports earlier this year that Chris Redden ­– NRF’s former head of financial institutions in Australia – was just serving a notice period with the global firm, the transfer is now official. Ashurst has confirmed it has appointed Redden as partner in Sydney.

The departure comes amid many partners leaving both the NRF and Henry Davis York (HDY) camps as the two firms move closer to their 1 December merger date. Both NRF and HDY, however, have also been bolstering their ranks.

Redden is an expert in project and infrastructure finance. He regularly acts in high-profile cross-border financings in various sectors, including oil and gas, infrastructure, mining, and energy.

“Chris has a wealth of international experience and technical knowledge which will further enhance our international reputation in the Asia Pacific project finance markets. His appointment supports our active growth agenda, while providing a significantly broader and stronger offering to both our international and domestic clients,” said Jamie Ng, Ashurst’s joint global head of finance.

Redden’s appointment follows Diane Skapinker’s appointment in Sydney in July. She came from K&L Gates. In March, Ashurst hired M&A partner Nigel Deed from NRF.

In early October, K&L Gates hired Ashurst partner Steven Amendola in Melbourne. Last week, Maddocks hired Ashurst of counsel Catherine Baxter in Sydney, naming her as special counsel. Ashurst has also lost three partners in London in a span of three weeks.

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