Australia’s Gadens expands into Singapore with Clifford Chance hire

Australian national firm Gadens Lawyers has hired a Clifford Chance Singapore-based counsel to lead the launch of its Singapore office.

Marc Rathbone has joined Gadens as a partner in the firm’s Asia Pacific energy and infrastructure practice and will serve as managing partner of the firm’s Singapore office, which was opened at the beginning of January.

Admitted in Western Australia as a barrister and solicitor, Rathbone is an experienced banking and finance lawyer with a focus on the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors. He has advised on a number of negotiations and transactions in emerging markets such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar.

Prior to joining Clifford Chance’s Singapore office in 2007, he had practised as an in-house counsel at CSIRO, the national government body for scientific research in Australia, and as an associate in legacy Australian firm Freehills.

Rathbone is joined by commercial property partner Laresa Koscharsky, who has relocated from Gadens’ Sydney office to Singapore. Koscharsky joined Gadens from DLA Piper’s Sydney office in November 2011.

The Singapore office will be Gadens’ second in Asia Pacific, following a 40-year-old office in Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea. Australian firms Allens and Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson) also have a presence in the city.

According to a statement from the firm, the expansion into Singapore is to further support its clients already operating in the Asia Pacific region.

According to Australian business magazine BRW’s latest ranking, Gadens is the 10th largest firm in Australia by revenue. In the 2011-12 financial year, the firm had 346 lawyers and 137 partners across seven offices, while its revenue reached A$207 (£136m), up 10 per cent from the previous year.