New funds and financial services partners today join Norton Rose Australia

27 February 2012

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John Moutsopoulos, Zein El Hassan and Paul Humphreys today join Norton Rose Australia from Clayton Utz, adding significant depth to the firm’s funds and financial services offering.

Wayne Spanner, Managing Partner of Norton Rose Australia said: “We’re delighted to welcome John, Zein and Paul on board. Their expertise in funds and financial services is a strategic fit for us.

“We work with some of the world’s leading financial institutions in Australia, Asia Pacific and across the world and we will continue to provide our clients with high quality legal expertise.”

Norton Rose Australia’s focus on financial institutions is one of the firm’s six key industry sectors which also include energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities, transport, technology and innovation, and pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

Moutsopoulos was a senior partner at Clayton Utz and headed the financial services group and co-headed the investment funds group. He works in funds management, financial services law, capital raisings and structuring and advising on financial products and services.

El Hassan was an investment funds and financial services partner at Clayton Utz. He advises on all aspects of managed funds, superannuation, life insurance, structured and retirement products, corporate and investment governance, product and entity rationalisation as well as mergers, acquisitions and divestments within the financial services industry.

Humphreys is a senior tax and structuring partner. Prior to his time as partner at Clayton Utz, he was the Global Tax Manager at AMP Group. He has had a particular focus on the financial services industry for over 20 years and has experience in mergers and acquisitions, structuring and managing major projects, and advising on tax efficient income flows and funding structures.

Their arrival follows the appointment of up to 22 lateral partners in as many months at Norton Rose Australia, all of whom strengthen the practice’s expertise in its key industry sectors.

For further information please contact:

Teneille Rennick, senior communications advisor, Norton Rose Australia
Tel: +61 2 9330 8926; Mob: +61 418 982 442
teneille.rennick@nortonrose.com

Notes for editors:

Norton Rose Australia is a member of Norton Rose Group, a leading international legal practice offering a full business law service to many of the world’s pre-eminent financial institutions and corporations from offices in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Central Asia. Knowing how our clients’ businesses work and understanding what drives their industries is fundamental to us. Our lawyers share industry knowledge and sector expertise across borders, enabling us to support our clients anywhere in the world. We are strong in financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

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