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Dentons has recruited 17 partners in Australia from midsize local firm DibbsBarker, which is winding down operations after a history of more than 130 years.

Both firms announced last week that DibbsBarker partners specializing in financial services, real estate and corporate practices will start at Dentons on May 1. Ten of the partners will join Dentons in Sydney, five in Brisbane and two in Melbourne, according to a statement.

Meanwhile, DibbsBarker, will cease operations as of Apr. 30. “We are delighted that our partners, along with other team members, are joining a leading global firm with a strong local presence,” said Dibbs’ Sydney-based managing partner Stephen Purcell, who will not join Dentons. Dibbs lists 52 lawyers on its website.

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Anna Zhang

Anna Zhang is the Hong Kong-based Asia Bureau Chief for Law.com International. She writes about lawyers and legal issues across Asia. Her coverage includes the business of law, global and domestic law firms, in-house legal departments and regulatory issues. She can be reached at [email protected]

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