Melbourne, Australia

Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth has recruited two new partners in Melbourne.

Private equity partner Kon Mellos and intellectual property lawyer David Fixler join from Herbert Smith Freehills and King & Wood Mallesons, respectively.

Mellos, a Freehills partner since 1994, advises private equity and venture capital firms on fund formation as well as investment transactions. Last year, he was part of the Herbert Smith Freehills team representing the New South Wales state government on setting up an $885 million social and affordable housing fund . One of the first lawyers to specialize in private equity matters, Mellos will help expand Corrs’ institutional investment practice, advising on investments and fundraising activities.

Fixler returns to Corrs after a two-year stint at King & Wood Mallesons as a senior associate; he first joined the firm in 2009. Fixler specializes in patent litigation. In May, Corrs also hired trademark specialist Jürgen Bebber , formerly a longtime principal at Australian IP firm Griffith Hack, as a partner in Melbourne.

In August, Corrs became the latest law firm to deploy an artificial intelligence technology developed by legal tech firm Luminance to help in the due diligence process during mergers and acquisitions transactions.