Allens Arthur Robinson has appointed high-profile resources and native title practitioner Marshall McKenna as partner. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and mining and native title litigation, land access agreements, negotiating compensation, heritage and intellectual property. McKenna joins AAR from Perth firm Hunt & Humphry, where he has been a partner since 2000. He has been involved in high-profile cases including the Miriuwung Gajerrong native title claim (Ward v Western Australia), the first contested claim to be heard by the Federal Court, the Full Federal Court and the High Court appeals in that matter. Recently, he was counsel for the successful party in the landmark land access decision of the National Native Title Tribunal in the Holocene case. He also edits or contributes to leading native title and mining law publications and teaches mining law.

Khaitan & Co has appointed three new partners: Asim Abbas, Amitabh Sharma and Shisshir Mehta.

Abbas, who will be based in New Delhi, will head the firm’s Telecom and Media Practice. Earlier in his career, Abbas worked as Director (Tariff and Costing) in the Department of Telecommunications of the Government of India where he had extensive interactions with members of regional and international telecom agencies, particularly the International Telecommunications Union. After leaving government service, he joined a leading Indian law firm as a telecom specialist and he has worked on significant transactions in the telecom / media sphere. He has also served as Vice-President (legal) at the corporate office of Bharti Airtel Limited.

Sharma, who will be based in Mumbai, is joining the firm’s Infrastructure and Projects Practice. Before joining the firm, he was a partner in a reputed Indian law firm where he spent almost five years focusing on infrastructure and projects matters. His wide experience includes advising on investments, financing and structuring of infrastructure projects, public-private partnership projects, environment, health and safety and forestry and land laws. He has advised domestic and foreign entities, funding agencies and lenders and PE funds on infrastructure, power and mining projects. He has also worked on projects funded by international agencies such as the WB, USAID, ADB, UNDP and the Ford Foundation.

Also based in Mumbai, Mehta will join the firm’s Banking and Finance Practice. He started his legal career in London as trainee solicitor with Slaughter and May, where he later became an associate in the firm focusing on banking, finance, private equity and corporate areas. He subsequently joined White & Case in New York, where he gained valuable experience in leverage and acquisitions financing. Mehta has regularly advised on financing transactions including credit facility arrangements, security documents, inter-creditor arrangements, debt restructuring and cross-border issues. He is accredited to practice law in Gujarat, India, in New York and in England and Wales, and holds two LLM degrees from the London School of Economics and Columbia University.

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