Four top firms appoint new partners

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Four major law firms in Australia have appointed a series of new partners this week with specialties spanning banking and finance to intellectual property and technology.

DLA Piper has announced the appointment of leading technology partner Peter Jones, who has joined the firm as partner in its Intellectual Property and Technology group.

Jones has come from Gilbert + Tobin, and will remain based in Sydney for his partnership at DLA.

He has a long standing reputation in the technology and sourcing market in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, and has good relationships with key market participants.

“Technology does not observe national borders, and DLA Piper’s vast international platform was a key motivator for me in joining the firm,” says Jones. “I’m excited to join such a dynamic team that is incredibly active in this sector across the Asia Pacific region and globally.”

Meanwhile, Gadens has announced the appointment of leading banking and finance practitioner Tim Lipscombe as partner.

Lipscombe joins the firm from Ashurst, where he was a banking partner for nine years. He has significant cross border and domestic experience advising clients in the areas of syndicated, club and bilateral corporate finance and bank lending; real estate, property and construction finance; leveraged and acquisition finance, and asset and equipment finance and leasing.

He says he was particularly drawn to Gadens for its culture, the collegiality of the banking team, and the cross practice co-operation between the banking, property, corporate, insolvency and tax teams.
International law firm Allens has promoted two of its rising stars to partnership in Australia.

Peter Haig, who specialises in class actions, regulatory investigations, arbitration and international business obligations, is now a Melbourne partner.

New Sydney partner Kate Towey works on major M&A and equity capital market transitions across a range of sectors.

“Our new partners are leaders who reflect our knowledge and understanding of emerging market and issues for clients,” says Allens chairman Ian Wallace.

Finally, national law firm Holding Redlich has just announced the appointment of a new corporate and commercial partner.

It has welcomed James Lonie as a senior partner in the Sydney office.

Lonie joins the firm from Henry Davis York, and is an experienced transactional corporate partner.

He says he was attracted to the culture of Holding Redlich, and is excited by the more recent promising signs of strength in the M&A sector.

“My perception is that there’s been an up-tick in M&A activity and investors have been allocating funds away from fixed interest and into property and equities,” Lonie says. “I think corporate and commercial groups around town will find themselves busier than they have been for a while.”

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