Melbourne, Australia

Two Australian firms—Mills Oakley and HWL Ebsworth Lawyers—have hired partners from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Tax partner Andrew Spalding has left Norton Rose for Mills Oakley. Spalding specializes in stamp duty and Goods and Services Tax on business and property transactions.

In October of this year, he gave tax advice to Melbourne, Australia-based supply chain and logistics company Linfox Pty Ltd. on a $5.2 million acquisition of Brisbane, Australia-based rail freight operator Aurizon Ltd.’s Queensland, Australia, intermodal business.

Meanwhile, Matthew Nelson, who was Norton Rose’s corporate and private equity special counsel, has joined HWL Ebsworth as a partner in Sydney. Nelson focuses on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions in the consumer, health care and technology sectors.

In April of this year, he advised the founders of Sydney-based supplements maker Nature’s Care Manufacture Pty Ltd. on a majority stake sale of the company to a Chinese state-backed consortium for $620 million.

The recent departures notwithstanding, Norton Rose has been expanding in Australia. In recent months, the global legal giant has recruited Clifford Chance’s former Perth head Paul Lingard and four partners in Canberra. Last week, it hired real estate specialist Adrian Jones as a partner in Melbourne.

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