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McCullough Robertson poaches NRF partner

McCullough Robertson has hired a new partner to add further depth to its corporate and food and agribusiness offering.

user iconEmma Musgrave 02 February 2023 Big Law
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Stephen Iu has been appointed a partner within the firm’s national corporate team.

Mr Iu, who joins from Norton Rose Fulbright, brings extensive experience to the role, having advised both private and public sector domestic and international clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, commercial transactions and corporate advisory advice for over 15 years.

He’s worked across a broad range of sectors throughout his career, including the food and agribusiness industries.


Mr Iu’s new role will see him work alongside corporate partners Damien Clarke, Reece Walker, Adrian Smith, Ben Mortimer, Ben Wood, Tim Wiedman, Aaron Dahl, John Kettle, Andrew Bukowski and Louise Horrocks.

His appointment comes as McCullough Robertson looks to accelerate its growth across Sydney and broader NSW.

“Stephen’s appointment is extremely exciting for our Sydney office, the continued growth of which is integral to the future of McCullough Robertson as we adapt to meet new world challenges and head towards our 100th year and beyond,” said McCullough Robertson joint managing partner Damien Clarke.

“Attracting quality lawyers and great people is fundamental to our commitment to the success of our clients, and Stephen’s experience working in a technology start-up before becoming a lawyer gives him a unique perspective and keen understanding of client needs.”

McCullough Robertson chair of partners Kristan Conlon echoed a similar sentiment.

“I am delighted to welcome Stephen to the partnership,” she said.

“In addition to Stephen’s extensive corporate experience, he is an experienced leader of people and is a great cultural fit for our ‘down to earth’, commercial ‘Big firm without the attitude’. I know he will have a significant impact on the development and success of our people.”

Further, McCullough Robertson head of food and agribusiness Duncan Bedford said: “As a firm founded nearly 100 years ago to support farmers and graziers, we understand the issues and concerns of the sector better than any other.

“I am keen to work with Stephen and for our clients right across this sector to be able to draw on Stephen’s expertise to deliver their commercial outcomes and goals.”