Gadens has added David Smith as a partner in its Intellectual Property & Technology (IPT) Team in Melbourne. He joins from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, along with his team Allison Rickard, Sonja Muzoska and Jessica Sanchez. Smith has a wealth of experience gained from working with a range of corporate clients over the years. As well as having broad experience in technology and IP matters, he is known for his expertise in promotions and marketing law, privacy law and food law.

Pinsent Masons has announced plans to launch an infrastructure sector-focused practice in Melbourne and Sydney later this year. The practice will be headed by former Maddocks CEO David Rennick, who led a strategic review of the firm’s options in relation to market entry in Australia. Two current partners of Maddocks, Greg Campbell and Simela Karasavidis, will also join Rennick as founding partners in the new practice. They will be joined by fellow-partner Michael Battye, a former Pinsent Masons lawyer currently in private practice in Adelaide, and Adam Perl, who joins from a senior in-house legal position at Australian infrastructure giant Leighton. Andrew Denton, a construction disputes partner at Pinsent Masons in London, will relocate from the firm’s global headquarters. The firm’s five-partner Australian practice will initially focus on the firm’s existing international client base of providers and major funders of infrastructure projects, particularly those situated in Asia Pacific currently served by the firm’s offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing and Shanghai. The practice will also be well-placed to advise clients on in-bound and domestic work in Australia and on outbound work into Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Europe.

Global legal & compliance recruiter Taylor Root has added Drew Wilkinson as a senior compliance head-hunter who will focus on senior appointments within the Hong Kong and North Asia Financial Services Compliance markets. He has over five years’ recruitment experience across Asia and London covering contingent and retained executive search. Wilkinson has worked with a wide range of clients from investment banks, asset managers, hedge funds, private equity and capital markets, wealth management and private banking businesses in the Hong Kong market.

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