The promoted lawyers are the first new Allens partners since the firm’s integrated alliance with Linklaters, which began on May 1, and took place in the firm's Sydney, Melbourne and Perth offices.
“We have invested heavily in identifying where our clients' needs are and who at the firm can best meet them,” said Allens chairman Ewen Crouch.
“All of our new partners have developed strong client relationships through working with them on demanding and complex matters.”
The appointment of three banking and finance partners reflected both the growth of that practice across the country and a determination to keep it at the forefront of the market, said Crouch.
“You're seeing us growing that practice in Brisbane and this year in Perth through Ben Farnsworth's appointment,” said Crouch.
Farnsworth began his legal career with the firm in 2000 and rejoined in 2010 after practising for five years in the London finance team of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. He has advised financiers and sponsors on major financings in the mining, oil and gas, infrastructure and agribusiness sectors both in Australia and overseas.
“Plus you're bringing through a new generation of talent in Renee Boundy, who has already established herself as one of Australia's experts on personal property securities, and Warwick Newell, who has worked on major matters such as the Centro restructuring.”
Newell, who will be based in Melbourne, rejoined the firm in 2008 following almost four years in London with both Allen & Overy and Barclays Capital. Boundy, who will be based in Sydney, joined Allens in 2008 as a senior associate having spent two years in-house as senior corporate counsel at GE Capital and more than four years as a lawyer in Mallesons Stephen Jacques’ structured asset and property finance teams.
New litigation partner Jenny Campbell has been involved in defending a number of clients in shareholder and financial services class actions, while funds management partner Marc Kemp worked at one of South Africa's largest law firms before joining Allens. Both will be based in Sydney.
Projects partner David Donnelly previously worked in the firm's Vietnam and Singapore offices and, most recently, on a number of billion-plus dollar PPPs in Australia. He will be based in Melbourne.