Former DLA Piper Australia chairman leaves for Gilbert + Tobin

DLA Piper’s former Australia chairman and country managing partner Tony Holland is leaving the firm to join Gilbert + Tobin (G+T) as a partner.

Based in Melbourne, Holland has also been DLA Piper’s Asia Pacific banking and finance head. Today (31 October) is his last day at DLA Piper. He first joined the firm in Dubai as the Middle East head of finance and the office managing partner in 2008 after spending 21 years with legacy Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Australia.

He later relocated back to Australia to become chief executive of DLA Phillips Fox, which was in a strategic alliance with DLA Piper at the time. He was appointed as Australia managing partner following the full merger between the two firms in 2011 (28 February 2011).

In March 2013, DLA Piper relocated London-based UK managing partner Andrew Darwin to Sydney to take over the managing partner, while Holland became chair of the Australia arm as well as Asia Pacific banking and finance head (17 January 2013).

The firm is not planning to replace him in the chairmanship role, which is to be scrapped. His successor as banking and finance head is yet to be announced. 

Holland is the second senior-level partner to join Gilbert + Tobin’s Melbourne office this year. In June, the firm hired M&A partner Craig Semple from the Melbourne office of King & Wood Mallesons, where he was the firm’s head of corporate and M&A in Australia (21 June 2013).