Dentons Signage in Atlanta. John Disney/ ALM

Dentons has hired a new partner in Australia following the completion of its merger with national firm Gadens in December.

Disputes partner Mandi Jacobson joins the firm’s Sydney office from Baker McKenzie , where she was an associate. Jacobson focuses her practice in the life sciences sector, having represented pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Dentons completed its expansion into Australia in December after combining with Gadens in Sydney and Perth. Although the Gadens merger was announced at the same time as Denton’s merger in Singapore with Rodyk & Davidson, the Australian merger took six more months to complete. As part of the deal, only the Sydney and Perth offices of Gadens became part of Dentons, while the Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide offices remained separate. While Melbourne stays completely independent, Brisbane and Adelaide have entered into an association with Dentons.

In addition to Jacobson’s hire, the firm also promoted corporate lawyer Sally Weatherstone to partner, bringing the total number of partners between Sydney and Perth to 42. The two offices have 116 lawyers in total. Dentons Australia also has an office in Port Moresby, in Papua New Guinea.

Dentons has offices across seven countries in the Asia Pacific, including a Myanmar office, which opened in May.

Anna Zhang is based in Hong Kong, where she writes about the business of law and legal issues in Asia and Australia. Contact her at  azhang@alm.com . On Twitter: @annazhangc.