Clifford Chance has recruited two private equity specialists in Sydney, with hires from Hogan Lovells and Herbert Smith Freehills.

Hogan Lovells partner Andrew Crook and Herbert Smith’s Mark Currell will join the magic circle firm in the new year, although their specific joining dates have not yet been finalized.

Crook, whose practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions, has been a Hogan Lovells partner in Sydney for less than two years, having joined its then-newly launched Australian offices in mid-2016 from domestic firm Gilbert + Tobin.

He represents private equity firms on investments in the mining and natural resources sectors in Australia, and earlier in his career also worked at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Currell, who made partner at Herbert Smith Freehills in 2013 after starting his career at Allen & Overy, advises private equity and corporate investors on acquisitions and disposals. In 2016, he acted for Sydney-based fund manager Allegro Funds on acquiring the Australian franchisee license for Pizza Hut from Yum! Brands.

Clifford Chance has about 70 lawyers in Australia across its Perth and Sydney offices, both of which opened in 2011. According to the firm’s website, it has eight partners in Sydney, including three who focus on M&A and corporate work.

Earlier this year, the firm made changes to several management roles in Australia. Banking partner Richard Gordon was named country managing partner as well as office managing partner in Sydney, while energy partner Paul Lingard was appointed office head in Perth.