Sparke hires from Mallesons, Norton Rose

By The New Lawyer|04 March 2013

Sparke Helmore Lawyers has appointed two new partners to its corporate teams in Perth and Sydney.

Douglas Hall, formerly a senior project finance and banking partner at Norton Rose, and Betsy-Ann Howe, a tax and corporate partner from HWL Ebsworth, join the firm this month.


Hall has acted for banks, project sponsors and borrowers, including many junior and mid-cap mining companies, on corporate, property and mining project financing transactions, Sparke Helmore said. He is known for his expertise in limited and non-recourse financings in the commodities and resources sectors, particularly in metals and mining financing transactions.

Betsy Howe (pictured), a tax and corporate lawyer, practices in corporate and international tax, and tax controversy. She was formerly a tax partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques, as well as Russell McVeagh in New Zealand. She joins the firm from the Sydney office of HWL Ebsworth.


Howe advises on tax issues associated with corporate finance, including asset finance, structured finance and securitisation, as well as the corporate tax issues associated with mergers and acquisitions. She has experience managing tax controversy, including issues arising from audits, disputes and litigation. More broadly, Betsy has advised on employee share purchase schemes, employment-related tax issues, GST and stamp duty.

Howe said she looks forward to building a tax practice at Sparke Helmore.

“The tax offering is a crucial adjunct to the fast-growing corporate offering the firm has, particularly for large, complex transactions in the mid-market space," said Nick Humphrey, Sparke Helmore’s corporate national practice group leader.


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