Gadens has enhanced its corporate team with the appointment of Stephen Moulton as a partner in its Corporate Advisory & Tax Group in Melbourne. Moulton specialises in corporate advisory, M&As, financial services and employee share schemes. He joins from Clayton Utz where he has been a partner for the past two and a half years. Prior to that, he was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Moulton is also a past chairman of partners and a former managing partner of Mills Oakley, where he founded the corporate practice.

Squire Patton Boggs has significantly expanded its corporate practice group with the appointment of partner Simon Rear, who joins the firm’s Perth office with a team of lawyers from Allion Legal. Rear has broad experience in private and public M&A, equity capital markets and general corporate advisory work in both Australia and the UK. He has advised in connection with takeovers, schemes of arrangement and private M&A transactions. He has also advised on a number of fundraisings, including IPOs, rights issues and placements, acting for both issuers and underwriters. Rear spent four years working in London with Herbert Smith, where he advised corporates and investment banks including, amongst others, advising the underwriters on the US$15.2 billion rights issue by Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Ltd and advising Lonmin plc on its successful defence of a £5.6 billion (US$9b) takeover by Xstrata plc. His practice is focused on the hard rock resources and mining services industries, together with technology, insurance, financial services, property and industrial sectors.

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