Squire Sanders opens in Sydney with Allens partner

Squire Sanders has extended its Australian footprint to Sydney with the hire of a five-member team including Allens M&A partner Campbell Davidson.

The Sydney office will be launched on 1 November. It will be the firm’s second Australian office, following the 2011 launch in Perth with the majority of Minter Ellison’s legacy Perth office (29 September 2011).

The new office will be headed by Campbell Davidson, who was a partner in Allens since 2001. He has extensive experience in cross-border M&A transactions, particularly those involving Asia. Some of his deal highlights include advising China’s Zijin Mining Group on its recent acquisition of a significant interest in ASX-listed Norton Gold Fields and acting for ANZ Bank on its investments in Shanghai Rural Commercial Bank.

In addition to Davidson, Squire Sanders’ initial Sydney-based team will include of counsel Richard Pascoe and Louise Boyce and senior associate Anna Elliott. Pascoe, formerly with Truman Hoyle, focuses on IP and technology. Louise Boyce, joining from DLA Piper, focuses on taxation, and labour and employment lawyer Elliott was previously with Holding Redlich.

James Maiwurm, chair and global CEO of Squire Sanders said in a statement: “Australia is an intrinsic part of our global business, and this investment in Sydney will support all our clients who do business not just in Australia but also across the Asia Pacific region.”

The Sydney launch comes shortly after the firm’s opening in Seoul, Korea (25 September 2012). Earlier this year, the firm opened an office in Singapore (16 February 2012). With the latest expansion, Squire Sanders will have eight offices across the Asia-Pacific region – Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Perth.

Allens, which entered into an exclusive alliance with Linklaters in April this year (23 April 2012), has seen several partner departures since then. In July, a team of seven partners defected to Clyde & Co, including three partners in Sydney and one in Perth who launched Clyde & Co’s offices in these two cities in October (2 July 2012). More recently, two of its partners in Singapore joined Jones Day (12 October 2012).