The Newcastle office opening marks the next phase of growth for DWF Australia and the business's wider Asia Pacific presence, which also includes a Singapore office, launched in 2017 with a four-lawyer team from Eversheds Sutherland.
Corporate lawyer Mark Hickey, former Chairman of Australian national firm Sparke Helmore, joins as Chairman of DWF Asia Pac, a new position for DWF, and will take a lead role in the development of the Newcastle office. He brings particular experience in advising restructurings and mergers and has a strong focus on the real estate sector, advising both domestic and international clients on property developments, joint ventures and port infrastructure.
DWF has also appointed corporate partners David Reid and Vi-Ky Lam, based in Newcastle and Sydney, respectively; corporate director Jason Lambeth in Sydney; banking and finance partners Ben Burney, who will lead the Banking and Financial Services Group for Asia Pac, and Adam Fuller in Sydney; and safety and industrials relations lawyer Matt Smith in Brisbane.
Also joining the business is restructuring and insolvency partner Kirsten Farmer from HWL Ebsworth, based in Sydney.
Together, the new hires bring wide-ranging and multi-jurisdictional expertise in corporate, regulatory and litigation service lines.