International firm expands Aussie law team

by Steve Randall01 Apr 2016
Aussie expansion for international firm
Hogan Lovells has announced an expansion of its Australian team with the hire of four partners. The international firm has used the announcement to reiterate its intentions to grow in the region.

The four partners are:

Equity specialist Andrew Crook, who joins from Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney and was previously with Russell McVeagh in New Zealand, Freshfields in Singapore and Skadden in London.

Scott Harris, current head of the Australian restructuring group of DLA Piper, based in Sydney. Harris spent five years with Hogan Lovells in London before returning to Sydney with Henry Davis York and then DLA Piper.

Finance partner Richard Hayes, joining from King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney. He has also been with Allen & Overy in London and White & Case in New York.

Ros O’Mally, project finance specialist, who joins from Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney. Her experience includes Merrill Lynch, Clayton Utz and Herbert Smith Freehills.

They join Hogan Lovell Australia’s founding partners, Tim Lester and Nicky Lester.
 
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