G+T snags partner from NRF

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Gilbert + Tobin (G+T) has snagged a Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) partner.

Peter Bowden, who specialises in front-end restructuring work for credit funds and banks, will join G+T’s restructuring and insolvency group in mid-November. He joined NRF in June 2016 from Clayton Utz.

“As the restructuring market expands so will the Gilbert + Tobin restructuring team,” said Danny Gilbert, G+T managing partner.

The restructuring group of the firm is working with Toys “R” Us Australia as its American parent goes through bankruptcy protection. The team has worked on the restructures of Emeco, Boart Longyear, Bis Industries, troubled law firm Slater and Gordon, Ten Network, and Paladin.

The move comes as some partners are leaving both NRF and Henry Davis York ahead of their merger going live.

In August, Pinsent Masons said it will open in Perth after hiring four partners from NRF. Later that month, Corrs Chambers Westgarth hired five partners from HDY. NRF then hired a Clayton Utz partner and a special counsel from Ashurst.

Wayne Spanner, NRF’s Australian managing partner, said partner defections ahead of mergers are common. The firm promised lateral hires throughout the year as it finalises its union with HDY.

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