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K&L Gates adds 3 partners from HWL Ebsworth

Global law firm K&L Gates has added three partners from HWL Ebsworth, adding to its corporate and asset management and investment funds practice in its Sydney office. 

user iconJess Feyder 07 December 2022 Big Law
K&L Gates adds 3 partners from HWL Ebsworth
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James Lonie, Natalya Hards and Lisa Lautier have all joined K&L Gates’ corporate and asset management and investment funds practices.

Mr Lonie is one of Australia’s leading securities, funds and transactional lawyers, K&L Gates said in a statement. He has experience working with public and private sector clients in regulated and unregulated environments. 

Mr Lonie focuses his practice in mergers and acquisitions, funds management, equity capital markets, securities and financial services regulation, and joint ventures and start-ups. He also provides advice on corporate governance issues and securities regulatory issues.


He joins a corporate practice that is a trusted adviser to Fortune Global 500, middle market, and emerging businesses, as well as their investors and their boards.

Ms Hards joins the corporate practice team with experience in mergers and acquisitions and funds and project transactions. 

She advises Australian and international investors in corporate M&A, wholesale funds and investments, joint ventures, infrastructure and energy projects, and commercial and government contracting.

Ms Hards has extensive experience practising overseas, having worked as a lawyer in Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, London, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Bahrain.

Ms Lautier returns to K&L Gates’ asset management and investment funds practice, where she previously practised from 2014 to 2020.

She advises Australian and international clients on fund establishment, financial services law, structuring and the provision of financial products and services to wholesale and retail clients. 

Nick Nichola, K&L Gates managing partner in Australia, commented on the appointments: “We are very pleased to welcome James, Natalya and Lisa to K&L Gates. 

“They are key appointments in areas of high demand from our clients and in areas where we expect to see great opportunities next year and beyond. 

“They bring with them extensive experience advising clients on key matters both in Australia and overseas, which fits in perfectly with the K&L Gates global platform.

“James, Natalya and Lisa add further depth to our outstanding corporate and asset management teams and also to our broader national offering.” 

This movement of high-level legal professionals follows an upward trend that has seen firms competing for legal talent amidst industry-wide talent shortages in the legal market.