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Hogan Lovells and King & Wood Mallesons have hired two partners each in Australia.

Corporate partners David Holland, head of Baker McKenzie’s Asia-Pacific capital markets practice, and Charles Bogle of Gilbert + Tobin, join Hogan Lovells in Sydney. King & Wood Mallesons has recruited real estate partner Carl Black from Squire Patton Boggs, where he headed the firm’s Australia real estate team, and dispute resolution partner Sam Dundas in from HWL Ebsworth. Both join the firm in Perth.

In hiring Holland, Hogan Lovells not only nabs the head of Baker McKenzie’s Asia-Pacific capital markets practice, but also an attorney who advises on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Last year, Holland was part of the team that advised on a $7 billion building materials deal, representing Germany’s Gebr Knauf KG on its acquisition of Chicago-based USG Corp. Also in 2018, he led a team advising U.S. pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. Inc. on a $394 million acquisition of Sydney-based biotech company Viralytics Ltd.

He will join Hogan Lovells with his team; a spokesperson for Hogan Lovells said it is not yet known how many lawyers will make the move. Holland joined Baker McKenzie in 2001 from MinterEllison, where he practiced for five years.

Bogle had practiced at Gilbert + Tobin for more than a decade. He also focuses on M&A transactions, as well as on private equity. In 2018, he advised Sydney-based private equity firm BB Retail Capital Pty. Ltd. on a $390 million sale of lingerie retail chain Bras N Things to U.S. underwear maker Hanesbrands Inc.

Hogan Lovells’ regional head for the Asia Pacific and the Middle East, Miguel Zaldivar, told Law.com’s affiliate The Asian Lawyer last year that Australia is a top priority for him and is due for growth after years of stability since the Sydney and Perth offices opened in 2015. With the additions of Holland and Bogle, the firm has nine partners in Australia.

Meanwhile, with its new hires, King & Wood Mallesons expands in Perth, another growing market. Black focuses on real estate developments in both the public and private sectors and also manages portfolios for commercial property developers and asset owners. In 2017, he advised Perth-based private fund manager Australian Development Capital, which led a syndicate of local investors on a $3.8 million acquisition of the heritage-listed former Perth Girls’ School in East Perth.

He joins the Sino-Australian firm after more than seven years as a partner at Squire Patton Boggs, where he headed the firm’s Australia real estate team. Before Squire Patton Boggs, he was a partner at MinterEllison and a legacy firm of HWL Ebsworth Lawyers.

Dundas specializes in commercial disputes, as well as administrations, receiverships and liquidations, in the mining, resources and energy sectors. He joined HWL Ebsworth in 2016 from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he was an executive counsel. Previously, he practiced at Clifford Chance in London.

“We are seeing the Perth market expanding significantly and we are delighted to be adding specialist expertise in this phase of the market,” John Naughton, King & Wood Mallesons’ partner-in-charge of the Perth office, said in a statement.

Norton Rose Fulbright also recently expanded in Perth, recruiting Clifford Chance counsel Jessica Davies and King & Wood Mallesons senior associate David Jewkes as energy and resources partners.

King & Wood Mallesons currently has 14 partners in Perth. Last year, the office lost Michael Lundberg, a star litigator and the firm’s former partner-in-charge of Perth, to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan; and corporate partner Shaun McRobert to MinterEllison.

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