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David Hallam

An M&A partner will leave Corrs Chambers Westgarth for another global rival.

Corporate partner David Hallam plans to start at DLA Piper’s Melbourne office on 3 August.

Mr Hallam is an experienced corporate lawyer who has advised on major commercial transactions across Asia-Pacific and China, according to a statement from DLA Piper.

He took the lead on the sale of Allco Group’s aviation business and Timbercorp Group’s forestry assets.

DLA Piper managing partner John Weber said the appointment would help the firm grow its transactional capabilities in the region.

“[Mr Hallam's] broad public and private sector client base complements our diverse global offering to clients, as does his extensive China experience,” Mr Weber said.

Mr Hallam’s appointment comes after DLA Piper recruited the corporate practice of Perth boutique Hardy Bowen, consisting of nine lawyers and five support staff.

However, the firm’s other practices have suffered losses in the past two months, with real estate partner Tim L’Orange joining Mills Oakley and planning special counsel Mark Baker-Jones leaving for DibbsBarker.

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