K&L Gates has hired three new partners in Australia.
Glenn Hughes, most recently a partner at Australian firm Henry Davis York, and former Ashurst associate Edward Nixey will join K&L Gate’s corporate and transactions team in Sydney. Former DLA Piper partner Nick Ruskin joins the firm’s labor, employment, and workplace safety practice in Melbourne.
Hughes advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, private equity deals, and capital markets offerings, among other transactions. In March, he acted for Once Credit Pty. Ltd. on its $45 million sale to Australia-listed FlexiGroup Ltd. Hughes had worked at Corrs Chambers Westgarth for eight years before joining Henry Davis York as a partner in 2002.
Nixey’s corporate work also focuses on M&A and capital markets work, as well as securities regulation. Prior to joining Ashurst in 2010, he was a London-based associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Linklaters. He also worked at Allens, in Australia, before he moved to England.
Ruskin represents a range of public and private sector clients on labor issues, including disputes, contracts, and policy-making. He first joined the former Phillips Fox in 1992, becaming partner five years later, and stayed with the firm until it merged with DLA Piper in 2011.
Pittsburgh-based K&L Gates gained four Australian offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane last year after its merger with national firm Middletons. The firm has over 2,000 lawyers and 48 offices worldwide.
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