Australia: Norton Rose Fulbright promotes three new partners and three special counsel in Australia
Last Updated: 14 December 2016

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has added three strong internal candidates to its partnership following the promotion of six new partners in May 2016.

The Australian promotions, which are effective January 1, 2017, span Melbourne and Sydney, and the corporate, insurance, and banking and finance teams.

Also for January 1, the firm has appointed three new special counsel: Maija Kerry (Corporate, Sydney); James Love (Litigation, Melbourne); and Andrew Willekes (Litigation, Sydney).

The new Australian partners are:

Matt Ellis (Insurance, Melbourne)

Matt advises the insurance sector in both non-contentious and contentious matters, including in respect of corporate transactions, commercial contracting, distribution, regulation, reinsurance and disputes. He acts for local and London market insurers in professional indemnity, D&O, liability, and property disputes. He also advises insurers and intermediaries on conduct and prudential regulatory matters, distribution, disclosure obligations, policy and treaty wordings, financial services and regulatory enforcement. Matt has extensive knowledge of the sector across general, life and health insurance, and a deep understanding of all facets of the conduct of insurance business. He trained with the firm in 2003 and has practiced in the Melbourne and London offices.

James Morris (Banking and finance, Sydney)

James is highly experienced with domestic and international debt capital markets, corporate finance and receivables financing transactions and the provision of Australian regulatory advice. He has acted for issuers and banks on many domestic and international bond transactions, and has an in depth knowledge of the financial institutions and infrastructure industries. James is listed as one of Australia's leading banking and finance lawyers in Best Lawyers Australia. Praised for his "sound commercial judgement" and having a "reputation high amongst sources", he is also "well regarded for his expertise in international and domestic capital markets", with his "international experience and receptiveness to clients' needs" highlighted as key strengths (Chambers Global, 2012-2016). This year he won "Special Counsel of the Year" at Lawyers Weekly's Australian Law Awards.

Jyoti Singh (Corporate, Melbourne)

Jyoti is a highly experienced corporate mergers and acquisitions practitioner based in Melbourne. She focuses on complex, cross border private treaty M&A and equity raisings for clients in the financial institutions, food & agribusiness, transport and technology & innovation industries. Jyoti has consistently acted for small and large corporates on complex domestic and cross-border transactions, and also regularly acts for warranty and indemnity insurers. She has been with the firm since she completed her articles and also spent 18 months practising M&A in our London office. She is highly regarded by clients for her technical and commercial acumen and her ability to build rapport with all members of the transaction team (including clients and advisers). Jyoti is a well-rounded practitioner, a strong female role model and makes a considerable contribution to the diversity and pro bono activities of the firm.

The promotions follow the addition of six new partners in May 2016: Jeffery Black (financial restructuring and insolvency, Perth); Ben Davis (litigation, Melbourne); Georgina Hey (intellectual property, Sydney); John Moran (insurance, Sydney); Tim Mornane (banking and finance; financial restructuring and insolvency, Sydney); and Meriel Steadman (litigation, Perth).

Norton Rose Fulbright managing partner in Australia, Wayne Spanner, commented:

"My fellow partners and I are proud to have seen these three candidates rise up through our business and make a valuable contribution to their practices and industries, as well as to the development of the younger lawyers in their teams. Our senior lawyers are the future of our business and we look to them to continue our successful strategy of sophisticated client service, growth, and regional and global connectivity in the years to come."

Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia has also added eight lateral partners in 2016: Peter Lamont, Ellen Thomas, Jacques Jacobs, Samantha Kelly, Peter Bowden, Samantha Maddern, Katherine Morris and Karo Lelai (principal in Port Moresby).

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