Herbert Smith Freehills Adds Two Partners in Australia
Herbert Smith Freehills has hired two partners in Australia.
Ryan will be a part of Herbert Smith Freehills’ energy and resources team, advising clients on mergers and acquisitions and other commercial matters. His practice has a particular focus on electricity and related power transactions. Ryan had been in-house counsel with New Zealand electricity and gas company Contact Energy between 1996 and 1999, when he joined Baker & McKenzie as a partner.
Lyons advises financial services clients on corporate and regulatory matters, particularly in the infrastructure, resources, and capital markets spaces, among others. He had been a partner with Norton Rose Fulbright for five years.
The recruitments come after the loss of a number of Australian partners for Herbert Smith Freehills earlier this year. In May, the firm saw Michael Mills and Michelle Fox leave to launch U.S. litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s entry into the country, and a month later a four-partner labor and employment team resigned to open offices in Sydney and Melbourne for Chicago-based Seyfarth Shaw.
Herbert Smith Freehills employs 2,800 lawyers in 23 offices worldwide.