K&L Gates has added five partners in Australia.
Former Squire Sanders partner Amber Stanton will join the firm’s energy, infrastructure and resources practice in Perth. Stanton advises mining and resources clients on mergers and acquisitions as well as capital markets.
Also joining the Perth office is labor and employment partner Andrew Kennedy, who was most recently a legal service manager for Newmont Mining Corp. Before that, he spent two years as a director at nontraditional law firm AdventBalance. Earlier in his career, Kennedy was an associate at the former Freehills.
Fellow labor and employment partner Christa Lenard is joining K&L Gates’s Sydney office from Clayton Utz, where she was an associate for 13 years. Like Kennedy, Lenard advises mainly on workplace relations and discrimination law.
Tax partner Betsy-Ann Howe is also joining K&L Gates in Sydney. Howe’s move comes just a year after she joined Sparke Helmore as a partner. Before that, she was a partner at HWL Ebsworth, which she joined from the former Mallesons Stephen Jaques in 2010. From 2005 to 2007, she was head of tax at Australian financial service provider Allco Finance Group. She was also previously a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
Finance partner Alan Maclean is joining K&L Gates’s Melbourne office from HWL Ebsworth. He advises financial institutions on transactional matters, especially those involving commercial real estate. Before joining HWL Ebsworth in 2009, he had been a partner at the former Freehills.
K&L Gates merged with midsize Australian firm Middletons at the beginning of the year and now counts 316 lawyers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth. Worldwide, the U.S. firm has over 2,000 lawyers in 48 offices.