DLA Piper has hired banking and finance partner David Lyons in Brisbane from Herbert Smith Freehills.
Lyons specializes in loan portfolios, asset finance, project and infrastructure finance, syndicated loans and regulatory matters. In 2012, he represented Brisbane-based insurer and bank Suncorp-Metway Ltd. on a $150 million sale of a portfolio of vehicle loans and equipment finance to Sydney-based non-bank lender Pepper Australia Pty Ltd.
Lyons joined Herbert Smith in 2013 after five and a half years at legacy Norton Rose. He left just months after its merger with Fulbright & Jaworski.
DLA Piper has about 60 partners in Australia, including 14 partners in Brisbane. The global giant’s other Australian offices are Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Last year, DLA Piper closed its six-lawyer office in Canberra, Australia’s capital. In the same year, former Asia Pacific head of corporate Bryan Pointon joined accounting firm PwC’s legal arm in Sydney.
Earlier this year, the firm’s head of real estate in Melbourne, Jane Baddeley, left to join local firm Hall & Wilcox as a partner, and Brisbane-based finance and projects partners Alex Guy and Dan Brown both departed for Ashurst.
Herbert Smith also saw several partner departures this year. Last month, Brisbane-based health and safety partner Harold Downes left for Australian firm Mills Oakley, and Sydney-based disputes partners Brad Strahorn and Hamish Macpherson both left to join White & Case in September and May, respectively.