Norton Rose boosts Asia-Pacific tally

Norton Rose has ­continued its Asia-Pacific push with four new ­partners ­joining the firm in ­Australia, along with one in Singapore.

Robert Milbourne has joined the Brisbane energy and resources team, having been general counsel and company secretary at Vale Pty, a subsidiary of Brazilian mining giant Vale.

Petar Kuessner and ­Gerard Breen have joined the Sydney office, where they will bolster the banking and restructuring practices respectively. Kuessner was a senior associate at Mallesons Stephen Jaques after having spent four years with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. Breen was previously a partner at Dibbs Barker Gosling.

Meanwhile, corporate finance ­partner Derek La Ferla has been lured out of retirement to team up with the firm in Perth. La Ferla had been a partner at ­Deacons until retiring in 2007.