has confirmed that Iain Laughland has joined the partnership from Norton Rose Fulbright
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
. It has also lost three partners
to Bird & Bird and one
to King & Wood Mallesons.
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