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Dentons bolsters offices across Australasia

Dentons has announced the addition of a new partner as well as the promotion of over a dozen staff across offices in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

user iconLauren Croft 23 June 2021 Big Law
Dentons bolsters offices across Australasia
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The international law firm has bolstered its partner ranks and welcomed Andrew Shearwood, who joins as a corporate partner in Denton’s Perth office. Mr Shearwood has over 40 years of legal experience and specialises in corporate and commercial law.

Mr Shearwood will strengthen the firm’s client offering in Western Australia and specialises in mergers and acquisitions, funds management and financial services, equity capital markets and general corporate governance across industries including financial services, property development and management, agribusiness and resources.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Shearwood said: “Dentons offers a wide breadth and depth of services not only in Australia, but through its unmatched global reach.


“I see a lot of opportunities to help continue growth of the Perth office, as well as being able to connect my clients to the resources and talent that being part of the world’s largest law firm offers.”

This newest partner addition follows the recent appointment of Perth recovery and restructuring partner John Park and Brisbane corporate partner Caroline Snow.

Dentons has also announced the promotion of two partners and 12 senior lawyers across offices in Australia and Papua New Guinea, effective 1 July 2021, which the firm said was part of its commitment to develop leaders for the future and invest in the skills required to deliver outstanding results for its clients.

Commenting on the promotions, Australia chair and Australasia region chief executive Doug Stipanicev said that the promotions would further strengthen the firm’s practice in both Australia and Papua New Guinea.  

“Dentons is committed to being a law firm where talent can thrive, recognizing that our success is built on the diverse and unique strengths of each of the members of our firm,” he said.

“We are incredibly proud of these very talented lawyers, who have reached the next step in their careers. The promotions reflect not only their deep legal knowledge, but also their leadership skills and commitment to world-class client service.” 

The promoted staff and their new titles are as follows:


  •         Stanley Mok, banking and finance, Sydney 
  •         Stephanie Vatala, planning, environment and government, Sydney 
Special counsel 

  •         Jay Nguyen, corporate, Adelaide 
  •         Karyan Lee, recovery and restructuring, Sydney 
Managing associates 

  •         Andrew Mannah, recovery and restructuring, Sydney 
  •         Clement Chew, real estate, Sydney 
  •         Jane Kuo, corporate, Sydney 
  •         Rachel Austin, corporate, Brisbane 
Senior associates  

  •         AJ Sridaran, banking and finance, Sydney 
  •         Cassandra Brookes, banking and finance, Melbourne 
  •         Deborah Edo, corporate, Port Moresby 
  •         Michael Lazar, banking and finance, Sydney 
  •         Stephen Dodd, banking and finance, Sydney 
  •         Thomas Liang, real estate, Sydney
The promotions follow a number of BigLaw firms’ actions in recent months. King & Wood Mallesons recently welcomed 10 new partners in Australia, all of whom have been promoted from a lawyer level and national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth has elevated three lawyers to the partnership ranks. Lander & Rogers also made 31 senior legal appointments in the firm’s annual promotions earlier this month, including five partners.