DLA Piper appoints leading M&A lawyer James Philips

Global law firm DLA Piper has appointed one of Australia’s leading M&A lawyers, James Philips, as a partner today, Tuesday 4 August 2015. James joins the firm from Minter Ellison, where he was Co-Head of M&A.

James has advised on transactions valued at more than AU$100 billion, spanning recommended and hostile takeover bids, schemes of arrangement, public to privates, redomiciles, privatisations and equity capital markets. He wrote the Takeovers chapter in ‘Australian Corporation Practice’ and lectures in Corporate Fundraising at the University of Sydney.

His appointment is the latest in a series of strategic partner hires made by DLA Piper, as part of the firm’s transformation of its corporate capabilities across the Asia Pacific region. James is the sixth Corporate partner to join in the past four months, following the appointments of Grant Koch in Sydney (20 April), Michael Bowen, Scott Gibson and Marc Wilshaw and their teams in Perth (1 July) and David Hallam in Melbourne (3 August).

DLA Piper Managing Partner in Australia, John Weber, commented: “This is a very exciting time for the firm and our clients. We have gained significant momentum in the Australian market, in particular with a focus on transactional corporate work, and we’re delighted to welcome James to our growing corporate team.”

DLA Piper Head of Corporate, Asia Pacific, Bryan Pointon, commented: “James’ appointment is a significant milestone for the firm. James is an outstanding practitioner and, together with the outstanding corporate partners who have joined DLA Piper in Australia over the last 18 months, he exemplifies the breadth, depth and strength of the firm’s capability in M&A, ECM and private equity in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.”


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