Australian law powerhouse officially launches

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Australian law powerhouse officially launches
The combination of Norton Rose Fulbright and Henry Davis York has officially completed.

It means the end of the Henry Davis York name as the firm becomes part of the global brand, creating a new powerhouse firm for Australia, Asia Pacific and global clients.

The enlarged firm in Australia is led by managing partner Wayne Spanner with former HDY managing partner Michael Greene as deputy managing partner and national head of the government practice.

Chair of the firm’s Australian Partnership Council and head of insurance, Tricia Hobson, will take over the firm’s global chair from 1st January 2018, while HDY’s Scott Atkins is now deputy chair in Australia and head of the firm’s risk advisory practice.

Alison Deitz (business law) and Cameron Harvey (disputes) remain as practice heads.

Both Greene and Atkins join Norton Rose Fulbright’s global leadership teams.

Michael Greene said that he and his team are delighted to be part of the global firm but when the combination completed on Friday there was also reflection on the 124-year legacy of Henry Davis York which grew from a solo practice to a leading Australian firm, and now part of a global law brand.

NZ firm hires top talent from Transport Agency
Russell McVeagh has hired the acting managing counsel of New Zealand Transport Agency as a partner in its environment, planning & natural resources team.

Cameron Law has almost 20 years’ experience in the sector including 13 in private practice and broadens the firm’s infrastructure expertise with unique insights into the planning, funding and development of transport projects across New Zealand.

The firm has also promoted home grown talent Ben Paterson and Joe Edwards to its partnership.

Paterson joined Russell McVeagh in 2008 following two summers as a clerk. He makes partner in the corporate practice with a focus including M&A and private equity.

Edwards is promoted to partner in the litigation practice where he leads the marketing law, media and IP team. He joined the firm in 1999 and has been there ever since; although he took a year out working at the British Home Office and was also seconded as in-house counsel at the International Rugby Board during the 2011 World Cup.

Corrs appoints institutional investment expert
Fadi Khoury has joined the burgeoning institutional investment practice at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Sydney.

He joins the national firm as partner from Norton Rose Fulbright and is the second addition to the corporate and finance team in recent weeks following that of Melbourne-based Kon Mellos.

“Fadi is recognised as a trusted advisor to domestic and overseas investment clients, particularly in the area of fund structuring,” said Corrs Partner and CEO John W.H. Denton AO.

Among his two decades of experience, Khoury Fadi established an investment management arm for Defence Housing Australia and successful Australian property fund offering. 
 

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