Gadens has appointed Andrew Hudson as a partner in its corporate advisory group in Melbourne. Joining from Hunt & Hunt, where he was involved in the customs, trade and transport practice for the last 10 years, Hudson specialises in international trade, international relations and corporate and commercial law. He advises all parties involved with trade and customs. He advises on international trade conventions, arbitrations, trade financing options, commodity and freight contracts, including dealing with inquiries and prosecutions by customs and other government agencies in such matters as dumping and alleged underpayments of customs duty. Hudson is a director of a number of industry associations, including the Export Council of Australia and the Food and Beverage Importers Association. He is also a member of the Victorian Advisory Committee of the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc. He was awarded a Certificate of Service by the Law Institute of Victoria and was previously chair of the International Law Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria.

Zul Rafique & Partners has welcomed Zain Azra’i Abd Samad as a partner. Samad received his Bachelor of Law (Hons) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1995 and was admitted to the High Court of Malaysia in 1996. He has extensive experience in a variety of debt transactions and fund raising exercises, including direct and syndicated corporate loans and conventional and Islamic private debt securities. He also handles various corporate finance exercises by public listed companies involving legal due diligence and across a broad spectrum of issues culminating in submission to and approval from the Securities Commission and other regulatory authorities.

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