Mills Oakley adds partner from NRF

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Mills Oakley has confirmed that Iain Laughland has joined the partnership from Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF).

Laughland was one of the partners reported leaving NRF last year when it was hammering out its merger with legacy Henry Davis York. Laughland spent nearly five years as partner at NRF. He was also previously a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

The new Mills Oakley partner boosts the firm’s M&A and equity capital markets expertise. Laughland has more than 20 years’ experience and also specialises in complex equity investments for corporate and financial sponsors.

“This key appointment is part of MO’s strategy to boost its M&A and ECM capabilities so we’re strongly positioned to undertake complex corporate work for Australian and regional clients,” Mills Oakley CEO John Nerurker said.

Consistently named in Chambers and other leading legal directories over the last decade, Laughland will help the firm achieve its goal to be a top-five independent Australian law firm, Nerurker said.

“Iain is part of a number of partner appointments over the past two years which have allowed us to expand our deal focus to much larger transactions and more ECM work,” the chief executive said.

Over the past several years, Mills Oakley has strengthened its transactional teams with lateral hires such as corporate partners Tony Lalor from Clayton Utz and Tom Lennox from K&L Gates.

Last week, NRF added partner Penelope Ford from MinterEllison. It has also lost three partners to Bird & Bird and one to King & Wood Mallesons.


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