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Squire Sanders Adds Sydney Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Investment funds specialist Michelle Segaert was previously a partner with Sparke Helmore.

Asia Deal Digest: Aug. 19, 2014

By Tom Brennan |

*Allen & Gledhill, Clifford Chance on OCBC’s $2.7 billion rights issue in Singapore
*HSF advises KKR/Abacus joint venture on stake purchase in Melbourne’s World Trade Center
*Gibson Dunn leads Chinese consortium’s $1.7 billion take-private offer for U.S. chipmaker OmniVision

Corrs Chambers Adds Brisbane Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Nick Le Mare is currently general counsel of state-owned railway operator Queensland Rail Ltd.

Allen & Overy Adds Australian Competition Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Peter McDonald was previously a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Allens, Clifford Chance on $1 Billion Lithium JV

By Anna Zhang |

The deal will see U.S. specialty chemical maker Rockwood Holdings Inc. and China's Chengdu Tianqi Industry Group form a joint venture to share ownership of Australia's Talison Lithium Pty Ltd.

HWL Ebsworth Adds Five Partners

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian firm has brought aboard new partners in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane.

Skadden on Acquisition of Shell Australia Assets

By Anna Zhang |

Dutch trading company Vitol is buying the oil giant's refining and retail businesses in Australia.

Jones Day to Open in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

The U.S. firm has recruited former Allens partner Stephen McComish to lead the new office, which is expected to open in April.

Firms Advising on Proposed Aussie Utility Merger

By Anna Zhang |

Sydney-based AGL Energy proposed $1.37 billion acquisition of state government-owned Macquarie Generation may face a tough time winning approval from antitrust regulators.

American Law Firm's Communications Spied On

By Marcia Coyle |

A February 15 New York Times story suggested that Mayer Brown’s communications with a client, the Indonesian government, had been monitored while the firm was assisting the foreign country in trade disputes with the United States. Those revelations may provide new impetus for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit a 2013 decision involving the nation's electronic surveillance law.

Mid-Sized Australian Firms Announce Merger

By Tom Brennan |

Thomsons Lawyers and Herbert Geer are combining to form 310-lawyer Thomson Geer.

Clifford Chance Adds Perth Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Energy and resources specialist Paul Lingard is joining from King & Wood Mallesons.

HWL Ebsworth Adds Three Partners

By Tom Brennan |

Commercial litigator Craig Powell, franchising lawyer Sean O’Donnell and technology specialist Brendon Noney are joining from Thomsons Lawyers.

Melbourne IP Team Moves to Minter Ellison

By Anna Zhang |

The 10-lawyer group led by partners Wayne McMaster and Robert Cooper previously worked at King & Wood Mallesons, where McMaster was head of the Australia IP practice.

Perth's Lavan Legal Adds Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Daniel Kirk was previously a Perth partner at King & Wood Mallesons, where he worked in the energy, resources and project group.

Baker & McKenzie Brings Aboard Melbourne Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Finance specialist Martin Irwin was formerly a partner with Herbert Geer.

Clayton Utz Closes Hong Kong Office

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian firm said it has decided to focus on its home market. Its four-partner Hong Kong affiliate will carry on as a stand-alone firm.

Ashurst Advising German Builder on Leighton Bid

By Anna Zhang |

Hochtief Aktiengesellschaft A.G. is offering to pay $1.1 billion to increase its stake in Australian construction company Leighton Holdings Ltd.

Latham, A&O on $7.9 Billion Roy Hill Financing

By Anna Zhang |

The loans to develop an iron ore mine in Western Australia amount to the largest project financing ever in the mining sector.

K&L Gates Hires Sydney Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former Henry Davis York partner Elizabeth Gray has joined the firm's investment management practice.

Aussie Firms on $6.6 Billion Toll Road Deal

By Anna Zhang |

A consortium led by Transurban Group, Australia’s largest toll road operator, is buying regional competitor Queensland Motorways Ltd.

Asia Deal Digest: April 24, 2014

By Tom Brennan |

* Herbert Smith Freehills and Freshfields lead on state-owned company's acquisition of Hess Oil assets in Thailand
* Cleary, O'Melveny and Kirkland on a Chinese IT company's $332 million take-private
* Willkie Farr guides a U.S. VC fund on a $250 million investment Down Under

HWL Ebsworth Acquires Adelaide Firm

By Tom Brennan |

HWL Ebsworth said the addition of 44-lawyer Kelly & Co would allow it to better serve clients with a presence in South Australia.

Aussie Firms on Wesfarmers' Insurance Brokerage Sale

By Tom Brennan |

U.S. insurance brokerage Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has proposed buying the business of the Australian conglomerate for $933 million.

Four Firms on Woolworths' Aussie Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

South African retailer Woolworths has offered to pay $2 billion for Australia's David Jones chain of upscale department stores.

Sydney Employment Partner Joins DLA Piper

By Tom Brennan |

Brett Feltham was previously head of the New South Wales employment team at Hunt & Hunt.

Aussie Firms on $20 Billion Westfield Financing

By Anna Zhang |

The loans will finance a restructuring that will split the Australian shopping mall developer into domestic and international arms.

Herbert Smith Freehills on $2.76 Billion Motorway Deal

By Anna Zhang |

A consortium led by Queensland state government-owned investment fund QIC Ltd. has agreed to pay $2.76 billion to build the nine-kilometer NorthConnex Motorway near Sydney.

Minter Ellison on Li Ka-shing Group's Envestra Bid

By Anna Zhang |

A group of companies controlled by Asia's richest man is seeking to acquire one of Australia's largest natural gas distributors.

Ashurst Adds Sydney Structured Finance Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Jennifer Schlosser was previously a special counsel with King & Wood Mallesons.

King & Wood Mallesons on Sydney Airport Loan

By Anna Zhang |

The airport operator is borrowing $1.4 billion to repay maturing bonds and fund future capital expenditure.

KWM, HSF on $740 Million Aussie Oil Merger

By Tom Brennan |

Horizon Oil and Roc Oil are combining in an all-stock deal that the companies say will better diversify their respective energy assets in Asia Pacific.

Minter Ellison on Baosteel Aussie Mining Bid

By Tom Brennan |

The Chinese state-owned steelmaker is offering to acquire Perth-based mining company Aquila Resources Ltd. for $1.3 billion.

KWM, Minter Ellison on $1.6 Billion Newcastle Port Deal

By Anna Zhang |

State-run China Merchants Group and Australia’s Hastings Funds Management have purchased a 98-year lease on the world's largest coal export facility.

Gilbert + Tobin on $930 Million Spotless IPO

By Tom Brennan |

Spotless, a Melbourne-based facilities management company, is relisting after being taken private in 2012.

HSF on Healthscope's $2.4 Billion Aussie IPO

By Tom Brennan |

U.S. private equity giants TPG Capital and Carlyle Group are selling down part of their ownership stake in the company four years after taking it private.

HWL Ebsworth Adds Brisbane Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Kelly Alcorn has joined the firm’s planning, environment and government practice.

Gilbert + Tobin on TPG-led Aussie Acquisition

By Tom Brennan |

A consortium led by the U.S. private equity giant is buying the property services unit of Australian engineering company UGL for $1.1 billion.

Clifford Chance on $5.7 Billion Shell Divestment

By Tom Brennan |

The Anglo-Dutch oil giant is selling most of its interest in Australian oil and gas company Woodside Petroleum.

Allens on Frasers' $2.4 Billion Australand Bid

By Tom Brennan |

Singapore-based Frasers is vying with Sydney's Stockland for Australand's 68 properties throughout Australia.

Baker & McKenzie Adds Sydney Antitrust Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Rowan McMonnies, most recently a special counsel with Corrs Chambers Westgarth, was previously a senior lawyer with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

King & Wood Mallesons Adds Sydney Partners

By Tom Brennan |

Ruth Stringer and Nathan Hodge both specialize in advising retirement funds.

Ashurst Finance Partner Moves to Gadens

By Tom Brennan |

Tim Lipscombe handles both cross-border and domestic finance transactions, as well as asset and equipment lease deals.

DLA Piper Adds Sydney Technology Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Peter Jones was previously a partner at Gilbert + Tobin specializing in outsourcing transactions.

Johnson Winter & Slattery Hires Brisbane Partner

By Anna Zhang |

David Beckett was formerly a finance partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Australian Lawyers Question Controversial Contingency Fee Proposals

By Tom Brennan |

An Australian government panel has made a controversial recommendation that lawyers be allowed to collect a percentage of an award won by their clients, something not currently allowed in the country. But Attorney General George Brandis is against the idea. But there is one point on which the AG agrees with the panel: regulating litigation funders.

Baker & McKenzie Opens in Brisbane

By Anna Zhang |

The Chicago-based firm launches its third Australian office by recruiting three new partners.

Wachtell on Expedia’s $658 Million Australian Deal

By Anna Zhang |

The U.S. online travel-booking company is buying Brisbane-based counterpart Wotif.com in order to expand its Asia Pacific footprint.

HWL Ebsworth Recruits New Partner in Brisbane

By Tom Brennan |

Former Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors Brisbane managing director Heinz Lepahe has joined the firm’s workplace relations and safety team.

Gilbert + Tobin, HSF on $1.3 Billion Goodman Fielder Deal

By Anna Zhang |

Wilmar International Ltd. and First Pacific Co. Ltd., which together control about 20 percent of the Australian food company, are buying out the remaining shares they don't currently own.

HWL Ebsworth Hires Perth Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Richard Johnson was previously a restructuring and insolvency lawyer at Minter Ellison.

HSF Acts for Leighton-Led Consortium on New Zealand Infrastructure Bid

By Anna Zhang |

The group of five investors will pay $845 million to build the Transmission Gully Motorway near Wellington, in the country’s largest-ever public-private partnership deal.

KWM on $1.2 Billion Sydney Highway Refinancing

By Tom Brennan |

Allens acted for the lenders that funded the Westlink M7 motorway project.

HSF on Commonwealth Bank's $1.9 Billion Notes Offer

By Tom Brennan |

The Sydney-based bank will use the notes to bolster its capital reserves and to fund operations.

PwC Taps Former King & Wood Mallesons Australia Partners

By Anna Zhang |

The hiring of former country managing partner Tony O’Malley and former corporate M&A head Timothy Blue comes as PwC and its Big Four accounting peers bulk up their legal teams in the Asia Pacific region.

Johnson Winter & Slattery Adds Sydney Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former DLA Piper partner Carrie Follas works on commercial real estate matters, with a specialization in the agribusiness and renewable energy sectors.

Ashurst Adds Sydney Infrastructure Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Angus Foley, currently a partner with Clayton Utz, will move to Ashurst next month.

Herbert Smith Freehills Adds Sydney IP Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Rebekah Gay was previously a partner at Sydney boutique firm Shelston IP.

Colin Biggers Recruits Brisbane Infrastructure Team

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian firm has brought aboard a 13-lawyer practice group from rival Herbert Geer.

Quinn Emanuel Adds Sydney Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former King & Wood Mallesons global litigation head Beau Deleuil will join the U.S. firm in April.

Three Firms in Australian Property Fund Takeover Fight

By Tom Brennan |

King & Wood Mallesons and Allens are representing rival groups bidding for a fund holding properties valued at $3.5 billion.