Senior Asia Pacific lawyer among execs honoured for LGBT inclusion

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Senior Asia Pacific lawyer among execs honoured for LGBT inclusion
A senior lawyer from Asia Pacific is among the top 100 executives from across industries to be noted as having made a difference to LGBT people in the workplace.

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Justin D’Agostino, global head of disputes and managing partner for Asia, features in the global rankings, compiled by OUTstanding and the Financial Times.

As well as establishing the firm’s first LGBT network in London ten years ago, D’Agostino established a similar network in Asia, supported the Australian and EMEA networks launches, and is co-sponsor of the firm’s global LGBT Network.

This year is his fifth consecutive inclusion in the rankings.

Also making the list from the legal profession are: Daniel Gerring, partner and head of pensions at Travers Smith; David Isaac, partner at Pinsent Masons; Jim Ford, partner at Allen & Overy; Daisy Reeves, partner at BLP; Deian Rhys, partner at Simmons & Simmons; John Clifford, senior partner at McMillan LLP; John Basnage, partner, head of US securities, and co-head of ECM at Hogan Lovells; Narind Singh, partner at Clifford Chance; and Daniel Winterfeldt, partner at Reed Smith.

Ashurst team advises on AU$1 billion pet food deal
A private equity consortium led by Beijing-based Hosen Capital Partners has been advised by a team from Ashurst on the acquisition of the pet food manufacturer RPFC.

The deal also involved New Hope Group and investment company Temasek in the AU$1 billion acquisition of RPFC from Quadrant Private Equity and minority shareholders.

The Ashurst team was led by Australian corporate partner Mark Stanbridge and banking & finance partner Shawn Wytenburg and comprised several other partners and lawyers. A team from Singapore were also involved.

New tech for Corrs property team
Corrs Chambers Westgarth has adopted the latest digital technology for its property practice.

InfoTrack PlanIT will be added to the firm’s cloud-based tools; it allows for the management of document production, distribution, execution, reporting and settlement for off-the-plan apartment and master-planned communities.

The solution is expected to offer both time and cost savings and works with the settlement program PEXA.

“It integrates with PEXA, allowing our team to transact with that platform without the need to enter data twice. Clients will also have the added benefit of being able to log in via a client portal and view up-to-date sales information,” said partner Peter Calov.