DLA and Mallesons pick up a partner each from Blake Dawson

Ashurst’s Australian merger partner Blake Dawson has lost two partners, with DLA Piper and Mallesons Stephen Jaques benefiting from the departures.

Real estate partner Les Koltai has over 20 years of experience in the REITs and investment real estate industry. He will join DLA Piper’s Sydney office as a partner in early 2012.

Melbourne-based M&A partner Peter Stirling is to take up partnership at Mallesons.

During his time at Blake Dawson, Stirling was a leading partner in the firm’s Melbourne corporate team, acting for a number of major companies, particularly in the financial services and resources sectors. Prior to joining Blakes, he served as the deputy general counsel for ANZ Bank.

Mallesons chief executive partner Robert Milliner described Stirling’s appointment as “a strong strategic fit with the direction of the firm’s M&A team as we move forward with our 2015 strategic plan”.