Allens Arthur Robinson, the Australian best friend of Slaughter and May, has elected litigation head Michael Rose to succeed the retiring Tom Poulton as managing partner.
Poulton, who has been managing partner of the firm since 1997, will stand down at the end of the Australian financial year, on 30 June 2007. He will remain managing partner of the firm until then, with the firm now set to elect a new litigation head.
Poulton has focused on growing the firm’s Asia Pacific network during his tenure, and was recently instrumental in persuading the Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi offices of Phillips Fox to join the Allens stable. The Australian offices of Phillips Fox joined the DLA Piper Group.
Allens is one of the largest Australian firms in Asia, with offices in the Chinese cities of Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai as well as Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea in addition to the new Vietnam offices.
Rose, who has advised on a number of high profile Australian litigation cases, spent time in the New York and Hong Kong offices of Allen Allen & Hemsley as an associate prior to the firm’s 2001 merger with Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks.
His clients include 20th Century Fox, which runs the Fox Studios in Sydney where international blockbusters such as Star Wars prequels and the Matrix trilogy were filmed.
Allens chairman Jim Thynne said in a statement: “In his executive roles with the firm and in the conduct of his very successful practice, Michael has demonstrated the qualities of an outstanding leader. I am confident the firm will continue to thrive under his leadership.”