The chief executive officer of Corrs Chambers Westgarth has been appointed as co-chair of the Financing & Growth Infrastructure Taskforce of the B20.
John W.H. Denton AO, partner at the national law firm, will serve for his second consecutive year and is the only Australian to be part of the leadership team of the taskforce, which supports businesses throughout the G20 nations.
“It is an honour to have been asked to be part of this process. The B20 helps set the agenda for globally significant business issues and is a vital voice for the international business community,” Mr Denton said.
Denton will be stepping down from his leadership role at Corrs in July when he takes up a permanent role as ICC Secretary General.
New China practice head for G+T
Sophie Chen has joined Gilbert+Tobin to lead its China practice.
Chen is an expert in Chinese FDI and joins from MinterEllison. She is also a former associate judge in the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Court.
She has has dual qualifications in Australia and China and a broad corporate practice, including experience in M&A, ECM, REITS, joint ventures, corporate governance and FIRB.
“I am delighted to welcome Sophie to the firm. She is unquestionably one of the go to lawyers in Australia for inbound M&A work out of China, and she will further strengthen our position as a leading corporate practice in Australia,” commented managing partner Danny Gilbert.
Australian lawyers promoted by Pinsent Masons
Two Australian lawyers have been promoted to the partnership of international firm Pinsent Masons.
Infrastructure and energy lawyers Adam Perl and William Marshall join 21 others in the firm’s latest round of promotions, which take effect from 1st May 2018.
Almost a third of the new partners are from outside Pinsent Masons’ UK base and one in four of those promoted are female.
Senior partner Richard Foley says it’s the firm’s largest promotion round for three years.
“We have worked hard to create both a level playing field, and an environment in which our people can develop the deep sector-specialism and innovative mindset that characterises a Pinsent Masons partner,” he said. “All of those being promoted reflect those attributes, along with a deep commitment to the firm's values, and I offer them my sincere congratulations."