K&L Gates has boosted its practice significantly with the appointment of five new partners. Amber Stanton joins the energy infrastructure and resources practice from Squire Sanders and she bring with her a wealth of experience in corporate law and corporate governance. Stanton additionally specialises in public and private M&A, due diligence, joint ventures and IPOs. Employment lawyer Andrew Kennedy will join the Perth office from Newmont Australia, the Australian subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corporation. He has extensive experience in employment and industrial relations matters. Christa Lennard arrives from Clayton Utz and also adds to the firm’s employment practice. Lennard advises on a multitude of workplace matters in the context of large and medium private sector companies. Betsy-Ann Howe firms up K&L Gates’ tax department bringing with her a towering quarter of a century’s worth of experience in corporate and international tax law. She joins from Sparke Helmore. Howe counsels on tax effective structured finance transactions and cross-border leasings. Finally, Alan Mclean joins the firm’s Melbourne office from HWL Ebsworth and similarly brings 25 years worth of experience to the table as a banking and finance lawyer, both in private practice and in-house. Working predominantly for banks and other financial institutions, he has advised on the financing aspects of several high-profile property developments in Melbourne as well as various project finance transactions.

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