Corrs Chambers Westgarth has further strengthened its corporate practice with the addition of Kon Mellos as a partner. Based in Melbourne, he joins from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he had founded its private equity practice in Australia, with a focus on venture capital and private equity investment. Mellos is recognised as a leading corporate and governance lawyer, with a focus on representing financial institutions in their investment transactions and fundraising activities. He is well-known for his work for private equity, investment funds, M&As and leveraged buyouts. Mellos has also been the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, a group he has advised extensively on various industry and policy initiatives.
Gadens has added Brett Feltham as a partner in its employment advisory team. He joins from DLA Piper, and has also previously worked at PwC Legal and Deacons (now Norton Rose Fulbright).
J Sagar Associates has added Megha Arora to its projects service line as a retained partner in the Bengaluru office, effective September 8, 2017. She has over 12 years of experience working with leading corporates in the Indian infrastructure space, spending the first six years working at JSA offices in Delhi and Bengaluru. Her return will strengthen the firm’s presence in South India, focusing on infrastructure.
K&L Gates has continued to strengthen its finance team with the appointment of Richard Gray as a partner in the Sydney office. Joining from HWL Ebsworth, Gray has more than 30 years of experience working as a finance lawyer in Australia, with a particular focus in various forms of secured and unsecured financings, including project and infrastructure finance, structured financings of property assets, securitisation, syndication, and tax-based and cross-border structures. He also advises on lending, swaps, major work-outs, and European, US and domestic note issues and programs. Gray counsels lenders, borrowers and arrangers across a broad range of sectors, including property, government, resources, infrastructure, energy, transport, innovation, funds management, hotels and finance.
Norton Rose Fulbright has hired Etelka Bogardi as partner in the firm’s corporate practice in Hong Kong. In her new role, Bogardi will focus on providing financial services regulation advice. She joins from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, where she was senior counsel and advised on all aspects of its operations, including banking conduct and stability, supervision, policy, enforcement, monetary management and direct investment. This included advising on new financial services legislation and its implementation, licensing and authorisation issues, financial market infrastructure, external matters (including co-operation with foreign and international supervisory bodies), sanctions, as well as legal issues relating to the development of the financial infrastructure of Hong Kong.