Bell Gully has appointed David Friar and Joanne Hodge as partners in the firm’s Auckland office with effect from 1 January 2013. Friar is a commercial litigator with substantial experience in both New Zealand and New York. He has specific expertise in commercial disputes, corporate and insolvency law and insurance litigation. Prior to joining Bell Gully, Friar was a commercial litigator in New York for six years. Hodge, who returns to the firm after two years in Australia, is a tax law expert with trans-Tasman experience. She advises on all aspects of corporate tax for public and private companies and financial institutions, including transactional work.

Kirkland & Ellis has announced that Frank Sun has rejoined the firm as a partner in the Hong Kong M&A Group. Sun joins from the Hong Kong office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He focusses his practice on M&A, private equity and complex corporate transactions in China and across Asia. Clients he has represented in recent years include the Carlyle Group, Capital International, CCB International, CITIC Capital, KKR, Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia, Silver Lake and Temasek. Sun has also focussed on capital markets, including high-yield bond offerings, debt tender offers and US IPOs. From 2007 to 2008, he was an associate in Kirkland’s New York office, representing private equity buyers in M&A transactions as well as fund formation, secured lending and refinancing transactions.

Minter Ellison has appointed competition and regulatory specialist Matthew Knox as a partner in the firm’s Perth office. He has a strong front and back end competition (merger clearance and restrictive trade practices) and regulatory (open access, electricity markets) practice, with an energy and resources focus. Knox has advised state regulators and private clients on access arrangements for gas pipelines, railways, ports and the wholesale electricity market generally, and private sector clients on infrastructure, oil, mining and electricity projects. He is a former partner of Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Knox is a member of the Law Council of Australia Competition & Consumer Committee.

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