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Linklaters partners Christopher Kelly and Christopher Bradley and Allens partner Nic Tolé will lead the aligned firms’ alliance joint ventures in Asia.
On Linklaters’ side, Hong Kong-based corporate partner Kelly and Singapore-based banking and projects partner Bradley have been appointed.
Allens’ Perth partner Tolé will relocate to Hong Kong in October to lead the energy and resources practice across Asia and take the leadership role in the two Asian joint ventures.
Allens (then Allens Arthur Robinson) and Linklaters entered into an exclusive alliance in April (23 April 2012). Two Asian joint ventures (JV)have been set up and are central to the alliance.
The first JV will focus on energy and resrouces development, project finance, infrastructure work and M&A across the region. The second is an Indonesia-specific arrangement between Allens, Linklaters and Widyawan & Partners, which will focus on Indonesian energy and resources market.
It is expected that a team of up to 30 partners and 60 lawyers from the two firms will be active in the ventures, with most based in Asia.
Allens has bolstered its energy practice over the last twelve months with the hire of former Ashurst partner Anthony Patten (11 August 2011),
The firm also appointed Tracey Greenaway who joined from Shell International Petroleum, along with Brisbane-based former Middletons mining partner, Jo Daniels.