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Pinsent Masons has appointed Maddocks chief executive David Rennick to lead a review of growth opportunities in Australia.
As a partner and board member at Maddocks Rennick has taken a lead role in the growth and development of the firm in Melbourne and Sydney.
He will join Pinsents as a consultant in the new year.
A spokesperson for Pinsent Masons said: “His role on joining us will be to assist the senior management of the firm in evaluating the opportunities and make recommendations to the firm’s partnership accordingly. It would be premature to speculate at this stage about what the outcome of that review might be.”
Pinsent Masons merged with Scottish firm McGrigors on 1 May 2012, gifting it offices in the UK, Asia and the Middle East (6 February 2012).
A launch in Australia would build on the existing presence in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.
A number fo firms have moved into the Australian markets in recent years. In October US firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan set out plans to more than double the size of its presence there (8 October 2013) and K&L Gates added four partners to its Melbourne, Perth and Sydney bases (11 October 2013).
The firm opened in Paris earlier this year in a move that senior partner Chris Mullen said was a crucial step towards building strong links with clients in Asia and the Gulf (31 August 2013).
The announcement came months after Pinsent Masons made its first foray into mainland Europe by opening an office in Munich with a team of technology lawyers.