Corrs Chambers Westgarth has appointed the Australian ambassador to The People's Republic of China as an adviser and co-chair of its China practice.
Dr Geoff Raby will retire from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on 5 August 2011 to provide strategic advice to clients based or operating in China. He has been an ambassador since February 2007 and held various senior postings throughout Asia and Europe since joining DFAT in 1986.
"Our clients will benefit from Raby's deep knowledge and understanding of China's government, the way China does business and of the resources industry," said Corrs partner & CEO John Denton.
Raby was deputy secretary of DFAT from November 2002 to November 2006; first assistant secretary of the international organisations and legal division (2001-2002); ambassador and permanent representative to the World Trade Organisation, Geneva (1998-2001); and Australia's APEC ambassador from Nov 2002 to Dec 2004.