Corrs expands with PNG team from Allens

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Corrs expands with PNG team from Allens

Corrs Chambers Westgarth is establishing a new office in Port Moresby and aims to become a global market leader in the PNG energy and resources space.

The Australian firm has made a significant commitment with multiple hires including resources sector specialist Vaughan Mills who joins as partner. He joins from Allens where he developed and led the Papua New Guinea practice for nearly 20 years. He will split his time between Port Moresby and Brisbane.

Mills will be joined at Corrs by special counsel Nick Thorne and Kenneth Imako; senior associate Ryan Warokra; and associates Emmanuel Rere and Jeff Mesa.

The team also has four support staff and is expected to add an additional partner and two associates in the coming months.

Global firm partner takes senior role in US Treasury

A US partner at Allen and Overy is joining the United States Treasury Department as assistant secretary.

Heath Tarbert joined the global firm in 2014 and has led its US bank regulatory group and was a leader in the global financial services regulatory practice.

In a statement the firm said that although it is sorry to see him leave, it’s proud that one of its partners has been asked to assume such an important position.

“We encourage public service in our firm and have had numerous colleagues take on key positions in government over the years,” said Barbara Stettner, managing partner of the firm's Washington DC office.

New Zealand lawyer assists on major real estate investment

A team from global law firm Mayer Brown has advised a Hong Kong-based private investor on their first real estate acquisition in London.

Leading the team advising the unnamed investor on the £250 million (AU$427m) purchase of Aldwych House was UK head of real estate Chris Harvey.

New Zealand qualified lawyer Josh McGettigan, an environmental specialist, was also part of the firm’s large team.

The iconic London property was sold by GI Partners and Rowan Asset Management who were advised by Mishcon de Reya.