It’s not so long ago that having an Australian arm was top of every UK firm’s priority list.
While many are now turning their attentions to the African continent, Pinsent Masons still sees value in opening Down Under , with a review conducted by former Maddocks CEO David Rennick finding that there was “significant opportunity and appetite” for the firm in Australia.
Of course he would say that, seeing as he and fellow Maddocks alumni Greg Campbell and Simela Karasavidis as well as Leighton in-houser Adam Perl will be launching the firm’s offices in Sydney and Melbourne later this year.
But the fact Pinsents will be serving existing clients of its Hong Kong, China and Singapore offices will potentially give it more of a focus than if it had merged with an Aussie firm to launch.
Still, Pinsents senior partner Richard Foley’s assertion that the move is “significant and hugely exciting” may be somewhat wide of the mark.
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- Kennedys forms joint law venture with Singapore’s Legal Solutions
- And, Norton Rose Fulbright adds K&L Gates partner David Johnson to its Hong Kong office, two years after he joined the US firm from Allen & Overy