Melissa Keane will join the partnership at Allens starting 1 January.
Promoted from managing associate, Keane has extensive experience in transactional projects, particularly energy projects. She will relocate to the firm’s Hanoi office.
“I am delighted to welcome Melissa as partner. Her experience in commercial projects work – especially across renewable energy projects – complements the demand we are seeing from clients with their pipeline of work,” said Richard Spurio, Allens managing partner. “Melissa has previously spent many years working in Vietnam and Japan, and has developed strong market knowledge and client relationships. She will be a terrific addition to (the) team in Vietnam.”
Keane specialises in foreign investment projects, sales, and acquisitions, and project developments. She has been with the firm since 2004, when she joined as a lawyer in Melbourne. She was seconded to Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu from 2006 to 2008, before moving back to Allens’ Hanoi office, where she stayed as a senior associate until the end of 2012. She returned to Melbourne at the start of 2013 and rose to managing associate in 2016.