K&L Gates Appoints Five New Partners Across Australia, Bolstering Labor & Employment, Resources, Finance, and Tax Practices

Global law firm K&L Gates continues its rapid growth in Australia, having appointed five new partners across three of the firm’s Australian offices.

In Perth, former Squire Sanders partner Amber Stanton joins K&L Gates’ Energy, Infrastructure & Resources practice, while Labor, Employment & Workplace Safety partner Andrew Kennedy arrives from Newmont Australia, the Australian subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corporation. Fellow Labor & Employment lawyer Christa Lenard joins as a partner in K&L Gates’ Sydney office, where Betsy-Ann Howe also has been added as a Tax partner. Lenard comes to K&L Gates from Clayton Utz, with Howe arriving from Sparke Helmore. Finance partner Alan Maclean joins the firm’s Melbourne office from HWL Ebsworth.

“As we continue to grow the K&L Gates brand locally and throughout the region, it is paramount that we have the very best people to work collaboratively with our clients,” stated Nick Nichola, K&L Gates’ Managing Partner, Australia. “These five partners are a testament to this, each bringing with them strong capabilities and decades of experience in their respective areas of law.”

An experienced corporate lawyer who has worked on award-winning IPOs in the resources sector, Stanton advises on corporate law and corporate governance, particularly issues regarding the Corporations Act and ASX Listing Rules, as well as on public and private mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, joint ventures, IPOs, and secondary capital raisings.

With more than 25 years of experience, Howe is highly regarded as a leading corporate and international tax and tax controversy lawyer. She counsels on tax effective structured finance transactions and cross-border leasings, along with tax implications for M&A transactions.

Maclean also brings with him more than two and a half decades of experience as a banking and finance lawyer, both in private practice and in-house. He has a broad finance practice, acting predominantly for banks and other financial institutions, and has advised on the financing for some of Melbourne’s most significant property developments and more broadly on leveraged, acquisition, and project finance transactions.

Employment lawyers Kennedy and Lenard work with clients on a range of workplace and safety matters across a variety of industries. Kennedy has extensive experience providing strategic advice in employment and industrial relations matters. Before joining K&L Gates, Kennedy spent four years working in-house with Newmont, including leading a team of lawyers in Newmont’s Asia Pacific region. Lenard advises public sector departments and agencies as well as large and medium private sector companies on a multitude of workplace matters. She has a strong diversity practice, counseling clients on anti-discrimination law, workplace flexibility, and EEO.

Nichola said: “We are delighted to welcome these partners to the firm. They will each bolster our service offering both here in Australia and in conjunction with our firm around the world.”

With the addition of these five, K&L Gates has now added 11 partners across its Australian offices in 2013.


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