Corrs Chambers Westgarth has recruited a former investment banker as a partner for its Melbourne office.
Jonathan Farrer will join Corrs Chambers March 1 from Greenhill Caliburn Pty Ltd., the Sydney-based Australian subsidiary of New York boutique investment bank Greenhill & Co. He joined Australian predecessor firm the Caliburn Partnership in 2006.
As a banker, Farrer advised on a number of transactions, including Rio Tinto Group and Mitsubishi Corp.’s $10.8 billion acquisition of Coal & Allied Ltd. in 2011, Newcrest Mining Ltd.’s $9.5 billion purchase of Lihir Gold Ltd. in 2010, and Oxiana Ltd. on its $12 billion merger with Zinifex Ltd. to form OZ Minerals Ltd. in 2008.
Prior to joining Caliburn, Farrer worked in the investment banking division of Macquarie Group for seven years. He worked at the former Allens Arthur Robinson for two years before that.
Corrs Chambers is also boosting its Brisbane office with the addition of partner James Minchinton. An energy and resources specialist, he most recently worked as of counsel at Clayton Utz.
Minchinton’s work has focused on project development, exploration activities, and mergers and acquisitions, among other issues, in the energy and resources space. He began his legal career at Clayton Utz in 1998.
Corrs Chambers has around 550 lawyers in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane offices.