Natalie Caton (pictured) has left King & Wood Mallesons, where she was a special counsel, to join the partnership of DLA Piper.
The dispute resolution lawyer has experience in corporate law spanning Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand. She also specialises in business ethics and anti-corruption issues.
Ms Caton spent six years working in Hong Kong, including with Norton Rose Fulbright, specialising in corporate compliance, anti-corruption and regulatory investigations, and cross-border dispute resolution including international arbitration.
DLA Piper’s co-managing partners Melinda Upton and Jim Holding welcomed the new partner.
Ms Upton said that the appointment would expand DLA’s capabilities in international arbitration commercial disputes.
“We are delighted to welcome Natalie to the firm. Her appointment will enable us to expand our international arbitration commercial disputes practice in the region, particularly in the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors” she said.
According to a statement from DLA Piper, Ms Caton has also advised the special purpose liquidators of Queensland Nickel; the ACCC vs Flight Centre proceedings; the 2011 Brisbane Floods Class Action and the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program.
The firm added that Ms Caton’s experience extended to corporate compliance and regulatory investigations, advising local and multinational corporations on corruption risks when doing business internationally.
“Natalie’s experience working on high-profile litigation and investigations across Asia-Pacific will be of great value to our litigation and regulatory practice in the region,” Mr Holding said.
Ms Caton’s appointment was effective from 29 January.