King & Wood Mallesons is pleased to reveal that it has promoted seven of its Australian staff to partners, effective 1 July 2017.
Joining the firm’s dispute resolution practice as partners is Bill Ladas and Daisy Mallett.
Mr Ladas is based in KWM’s Melbourne office, having joined the firm in 2014 as special counsel.
According to a statement from the firm, Mr Ladas is an “expert in intellectual property law with a focus on trademark and designs law, and specialises in trademark portfolio advisory, prosecution and enforcement matters, together with the intellectual property aspects of due diligence in transactional matters”.
Ms Mallett is based in KWM’s Sydney office. Throughout her career she has gained experience in international arbitration. Her new partner position sees her continue to work with clients in their international trade, investment, shareholder and joint venture disputes across a range of sectors, including energy and resources, construction, major projects and agribusiness.
Joining KWM’s mergers and acquisitions practice as partners is Kirsten Bowe and Daniel Natale.
Based in Brisbane, Ms Bowe specialises in large IT and commercial transactions, as well as intellectual property and consumer law, procurement, outsourcing and business transformation projects, while Sydney-based Mr Natale practises in the corporate advisory group.
Mr Natale specialises in mergers and acquisitions, both public and private, and restructures, capital raisings, public company/listed trust work and financial services law, particularly in the real estate, energy and infrastructure sectors, according to the statement from KWM.
Also Sydney-based, Francesca Giorlando takes to her partner position with KWM’s projects and real estate practice.
Throughout her career, Ms Giorlando has gained expertise in property development, investment, acquisitions and disposals for a range of developers and corporate and institutional investors. Her work spans across a range of sectors, including commercial, industrial, retail and agricultural land.
Lastly, Melbourne-based Kai-Chen Lamb and Sydney-based Leah Ranie take to their new partner roles within KWM’s tax practice.
Ms Lamb specialises in all aspects of income tax, especially the tax treatment of managed funds, infrastructure and financing, while Ms Ranie advises major Australian and multinational clients on tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions and structured real estate and infrastructure transactions.
“These new partners represent the firm’s ongoing focus on growth in strategic areas, which match the needs of our Australian and offshore clients,” said KWM chairman Australia Stephen Minns.
“We congratulate each of our new partners on this significant milestone, which is a testament to their commitment to client service, technical and commercial skills and deep sectoral knowledge.”
Berkeley Cox, chief executive partner Australia, echoed this sentiment, congratulating the lawyers on their new promotions.
“We are delighted to welcome these seven outstanding lawyers to the Australian partnership, each of whom will strengthen our legal offering in key areas and bring further diversity to KWM’s leadership ranks,” he said.
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