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KWM names new Australian chief executive partner and chairman

Global law firm King & Wood Mallesons has appointed a new chief executive partner in Australia, as well as a new practice chairman for its Australian arm.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 10 November 2021 Big Law
KWM names new Australian chief executive partner and chairman
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KWM has appointed Renae Lattey (pictured), who currently serves as the firm’s managing partner (clients and M&A), as its chief executive partner in Australia, succeeding Berkeley Cox, who has held the role in recent years.

She will step into the role on 1 February 2022, with succession for her current duties to be announced in the near future.

In her prior roles, Ms Lattey has been “heavily involved” in the firm’s initiatives around its people, diversity and inclusion, and its transformation agenda, KWM said in a statement, noting that these will “all continue” to remain priorities for her in her new role.

 
 

Speaking about the appointment, KWM global chief executive Sue Kench said she was “thrilled” that Ms Lattey will assume the role of Australian chief executive partner.

“Our vision is to be a top tier international law firm from Asia, for the world. This means using our global platform and expertise to enable our clients to do business across regions and pursue cross-border opportunities in the world’s key growth markets,” she said.

“I am looking forward to working together to create greater opportunities for deepening the connectivity between Australia and the firm’s global network.”

Mr Cox added that he is “delighted” that Ms Lattey is set to be his successor.

“Having worked with Renae for several years, I know she has a deep passion for our firm, our clients, and our people. This is an incredibly exciting time for the firm, and I wish Renae all the best for the future,” he said.

Ms Lattey said that she feels “very privileged” to be stepping into the role of chief executive partner.

“I am fortunate to be appointed into this role while the firm is in a very strong position and am excited for our next phase of growth,” she said.

“I am looking forward to working with Sue to continue building upon our strong foundation and accelerating and deepening connectivity between the Australian practice and the firm’s global network.”

KWM has also appointed David Friedlander as the new chairman of its Australian practice, who noted that he too was pleased about Ms Lattey’s appointment. He succeeds Michael Clough in the role.

“Renae is well placed to lead the Australian practice as we continue to build on our strong foundation and vision to be a top tier international law firm from Asia, for the world. The Australian practice is a vibrant part of our global firm, and I am looking forward to working with Renae to drive closer connectivity across our global network,” he noted.

“We thank Berkeley for his strong leadership during his tenure as CEP of the Australian practice and wish him all the best for his continued work in the firm.”