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Newly minted Sydney office scoops up ex-HDY corporate experts

Gadens’ foray into the Sydney market, not long after parting ways with its local sister office that merged with Dentons, has rapidly grown its corporate advisory team with the appointment of two partners and a slew of junior recruits. 

user iconMelissa Coade 06 December 2017 Big Law
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Ex-HDY talent Robert Tracy and Edward (Ted) Nixey (pictured) are the newest partners to join the Gadens partnership in Sydney.

They join the firm’s corporate advisory group from Henry Davis York, bringing with them special counsel Breanna Davies, solicitor Michael Fitzpatrick, and administrative assistants Julie Beatty and Jodi Griffin.

Mr Tracy previously headed HDY’s corporate and M&A group. A statement from Gadens described him as an “accomplished and well-respected practitioner”.


Mr Nixey’s experience spans private practice and in-house roles. According to Gadens, Mr Nixey’s professional background in the transport and logistics, health and aged care, and technology sectors made him well-regarded among clients.

The firm added that he had a long history of working on mergers and acquisitions, primary and secondary capital raisings, corporate restructuring, commercial contracts, joint ventures and corporate governance.

Commenting on their decision to join Gadens, Mr Tracy and Mr Nixey said they were pleased to be able to contribute to the corporate practice’s growth.

“We were particularly impressed by the firm’s vision and strategic outlook as a leading independent firm, as well as its strong focus on providing clients with outstanding value. This is a win for us all. 

“Gadens’ clients will benefit from the specialist knowledge and experience that the team has to offer, and we’ll be in a position to offer our clients the value that comes from being able to access the wide range of services and expertise that currently exist within the firm,” the men said.

Gadens CEO Grant Scott-Hayward welcomed the new team and said they made an excellent addition to the firm’s corporate advisory group.

“Bringing on board a highly regarded and established team that acts for both domestic and international clients across a wide range of industries further increases the breadth and depth of Gadens pre-eminent corporate advisory practice,” Mr Scott-Hayward said.

“We are extremely pleased that Robert, Ted and their team have joined Gadens and look forward to the valuable contributions they will make for our clients and in further augmenting the high-quality profile of Gadens.”

The talent coup follows very recent appointments to Gadens’ new Sydney office, including partners Brett Feltham, James Roland, Kathy Merrick and Dermott Lynch.