PricewaterhouseCoopers offices in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)
Former DLA Piper Asia Pacific head of corporate Bryan Pointon will join PricewaterhouseCoopers’ legal arm in Australia next month.
Pointon, who will be a partner at PwC, will join former DLA Piper Australian managing partner John Weber, who arrived at the Big Four auditor as a consultant in July.
Based in Sydney, Pointon advises on mergers and acquisitions—especially in deals related to government and the agribusiness sector. In 2015, he led the team advising a consortium of Australian dairy companies on a $60 million acquisition of rival Moxey Farms.
He joined DLA Piper as Asia Pacific head of corporate in 2013 from Australian firm Gilbert + Tobin, where he had been a partner for seven years. Before that, Pointon spent 20 years with legacy Mallesons Stephen Jaques and made partner there in 1997. At Mallesons Stephen, Pointon worked with Tony O’Malley, who now leads the PwC’s legal arm in the Asia Pacific and Australia.
O’Malley was made Australian managing partner after Mallesons Stephen merged with China’s King & Wood in 2012 to create King & Wood Mallesons. He left the firm with fellow partner Timothy Blue later in 2013 to open their own firm, and both joined PwC in 2014 to launch the legal offering for the Big Four auditor.
Weber was recruited by DLA Piper in 2014 from MinterEllison , where he was the chief executive officer. He took over as Australian managing partner from his predecessor, Andrew Darwin, who was appointed to be part of a three-partner Asia management committee. Weber’s tenure ended after only two years, and he left DLA Piper in January of this year.
With the addition of Pointon, PwC legal will have 25 partners in Australia. Earlier this year, it also hired longtime Clayton Utz corporate partner Karen Evans-Cullen. Elsewhere in Asia, the accounting giant has also expanded its legal offerings both in Hong Kong and mainland China. In March, it added a Hong Kong law practice by forming an association with former King & Wood Mallesons partner David Tiang . And in July, it expanded its mainland China practice by absorbing local firm Run Ming .