K&L Gates scores seasoned partner in Sydney

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K&L Gates has hired Richard Gray from the HWL Ebsworth partnership.

Gray, who started with the firm on 28 August, has more than 35 years’ experience as a lawyer, including being partner at HWL Ebsworth and at Herbert Smith Freehills.

He specialises in banking and finance, with a particular focus on secured and unsecured financings, including project and infrastructure finance, structured financings of property assets, securitization, syndication, and tax-based and cross-border structures, K&L Gates said.

His clients include lenders, borrowers, and arrangers. He acts in a wide array of industries, including property, government, resources, infrastructure, energy, transport, innovation, funds management, hotels, and finance.

Gray’s appointment, along with the recent hiring of special counsel Eric Boone in July, broadens and diversifies the firm’s banking and finance capabilities in Australia, said Nick Nichola, K&L Gates’ managing partner in Australia.

Gray said that one of the chief reasons he was attracted to K&L Gates is the firm’s fully integrated global platform, which will help him deliver new sources of financing to clients.

Last week, K&L Gates hired restructuring and insolvency partner James Wright from Ropes & Gray in Boston. Earlier this month, Mills Oakley confirmed that it hired former K&L Gates partner Tom Lennox, who specialised in structure finance.

Richard Gray

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