Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright announced today the addition of three more partners in the national corporate and M&A and competition and regulatory teams across Sydney and Melbourne. The appointments are being announced as the firm is in the final stages of combining with leading independent law firm Henry Davis York on December 1.
Belinda Harvey (competition, anti-trust and regulatory) and Chris Mitchell (corporate and M&A) will become partners in the combined firm on December 1, while experienced Asia Pacific energy industry veteran and current corporate and M&A partner Vincent Dwyer will return to Sydney in January after a three-year stint working from our Singapore office.
The promotion of Belinda and Chris follows an earlier announcement of the elevation of Sydney construction and engineering lawyer Daniel Vicano to the partnership, and come soon after HDY announced six promotions from within its ranks: Vittorio Casamento (who returns to Norton Rose Fulbright), Alice Chen, Felicity Healy, James Higby, Stephen Iu and Anneliese Korber. All of these partner promotions will take effect from December 1.
Mr Dwyer returns as a partner in Sydney from Singapore, where he is the Asia-Pacific head of the energy team. Prior to that he led the Australian firm’s corporate practice. He will continue to focus on M&A activity and the provision of strategic advice in the energy and infrastructure sectors, primarily involving cross-border investment and major project development, particularly in the power and renewables sector. He will work closely with Sydney based global energy leader Simon Currie.
Mr Dwyer has significant, large-scale M&A experience, working with a variety of industry participants, from global pension, sovereign wealth and private equity funds to governments, Chinese SOEs, Japanese trading houses and project sponsors. His recent time in Asia involved acting on some of the largest and “first moving” regional M&A and project development deals for East Asian, North American and European funds and investors investing into energy and infrastructure asset classes. He starts in January.
Ms Harvey will be a competition, anti-trust and regulatory partner in Sydney. She advises Australian and international clients on all aspects of competition and consumer law and access regulation, including strategic and risk advisory work, regulatory investigations and compliance. She has extensive experience in advising on domestic and cross-border M&A strategy and regulatory clearance, with a particular focus on multi-jurisdictional matters.
Mr Mitchell will be an M&A and corporate partner based in Melbourne. He has extensive experience in advising clients on regulated and unregulated M&A transactions in a variety of industry sectors, but with a particular focus on the energy (including renewables), infrastructure, and oil and gas sectors. In addition to his M&A experience, Chris regularly advises listed clients on equity capital markets transactions and all aspects of corporate governance and securities law issues.
Norton Rose Fulbright managing partner in Australia Wayne Spanner commented:
“As we draw closer to our December 1 go live date for our combination with HDY, it is pleasing to see the results of our sustained and deliberate plan to renew our partnership in Australia, with a particular focus on those who have established industry networks and cross-border experience.
“One aspect of that plan has been to broaden and strengthen our national corporate and M&A practice, which we will do with the welcome return of Vincent Dwyer, and addition of Chris Mitchell, alongside the recent hires of Martin Irwin (Sydney), Adam Edelman (Perth), Jasmine Sprange (Sydney), Shamim Razavi (joining in Sydney from our Indonesian associate firm, TNB & Partners) and Natalie Lonergan (Sydney), and of course, the promotion in July of Raymond Lou in Sydney.
“Belinda Harvey also has a strong track record advising in many of our key industries in high stakes competition and regulatory matters. Belinda and Chris, and the other recent promotions from both firms, demonstrate how our combination is allowing us to bring through a diverse mix of rising stars who will be the stewards of our future business for many years to come.”
Other lateral partners to join the firm include the recent addition of high-quality litigator Ann Donohue and construction and engineering specialist Phillipa Beck (joining February 2018).