Skadden rainmaker makes move down under

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has drafted in one of its most senior New York-based corporate partners to its Australian office in a bid to bolster the Asia Pacific practice.

Christopher Kell, who has been with Skadden Arps for 20 years, has relocated to the 15-year old Sydney office, doubling the partner count to two. The firm is also hoping to add at least two associate attorneys to the office, bringing the total number of lawyers to four.

The firm has been building up its presence in the region, giving its 11 partners and around 35 counsel and associates in its Sydney, Beijing, Hong Kong. Singapore and Tokyo offices.