DLA Piper snags partner from KWM

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DLA Piper has appointed Natalie Caton as partner in its litigation and regulatory practice. Caton moves from King & Wood Mallesons, where she was a special counsel in the firm’s dispute-resolution team.

Caton is admitted to practice law in New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Australia. Before joining KWM in 2012, she was with Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) in Hong Kong. She has also worked as a lawyer at Simpson Grierson in Auckland, New Zealand.

Caton’s international experience has made her an expert in cross-border dispute resolution and international arbitration, corporate compliance, anti-corruption and regulatory investigation. She is also a specialist in business ethics, advising local and international clients on corruption risks.

She has advised on high-profile matters such as Queensland Nickel’s liquidation, the ACCC vs Flight Centre proceedings, the 2011 Brisbane Floods Class Action, and the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program.

Melinda Upton, DLA Piper’s joint managing partner in Australia, said that Caton’s appointment will allow the firm to expand its international arbitration and commercial disputes practice in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the energy, resources, and infrastructure sectors.

DLA Piper also recently hired two partners from an elite US firm in Japan, as well as a new partner from another top US firm in Hong Kong.

Natalie Caton

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