Banking and finance partner changes firms

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DibbsBarker has welcomed a new banking and finance expert to the fold.

Jason Morris has been appointed as a new partner in the firm’s Melbourne office. He came from Allens, where he spent nearly 15 years. He was a partner at Allens for 10 years. Before that, he was with Linklaters in London and with Blake Dawson, now Ashurst, in Melbourne.

Morris specialises in corporate and institutional finance, with a particular focus on bilateral, club, and syndicated secured and unsecured lending transactions. His practice includes property and construction finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, and debt capital markets. He has worked with all Australian major commercial banks and acts for domestic and foreign financiers in matters in a wide range of sectors.

“The market for legal services in the banking sector has undergone significant structural change in recent years, with clients increasingly focused on efficiency and better value,” he said.

Morris said that he believes DibbsBarker is well-positioned to excel as a strong domestic firm in the competitive market. He also said he was attracted to the firm because of its clear strategy to grow in the Melbourne market.

Since opening last December, the firm’s Melbourne office has added three partners. That month, the firm wooed former Corrs Chambers Westgarth partner John Stragalinos to join partner Bill Burrough, who opened the office. In April, it added special counsel Silvana Larobina and senior associates Joseph Ip and Richard Fong in Melbourne. Larobina came from Corrs while Ip and Fong came from King & Wood Mallesons and Hall & Wilcox, respectively.

“I am pleased with our growth over the past eight months and look forward to it continuing in weeks and months to come,” said Stephen Purcell, DibbsBarker’s managing partner.

Jason Morris

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