28 June 2017

KWM invests in future growth with 7 new promotions to Australian partnership

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is proud to announce the promotion of seven lawyers to the Australian partnership, demonstrating the firm’s continued investment in our people to support our clients now and into the future.

The promotions, effective 1 July 2017, reflect the Australian firm’s consistent growth and continued investment in quality talent across Dispute Resolution, Mergers & Acquisitions, Property & Real Estate and Tax, to ensure the firm has the depth of capability in the areas where clients need it.

When combined with the 12 partner promotions in 2016, the addition of a further seven new partners demonstrates KWM’s commitment to developing the next generation of leaders with the skills, experience and knowledge that are aligned to our client’s needs.

Stephen Minns, Chairman, Australia said; “These new partners represent the firm’s ongoing focus on growth in strategic areas, which match the needs of our Australian and offshore clients. We congratulate each of our new partners on this significant milestone, which is a testament to their commitment to client service, technical and commercial skills and deep sectoral knowledge.”

Commenting on the promotions, Berkeley Cox, Chief Executive Partner Australia said; “We are delighted to welcome these seven outstanding lawyers to the Australian partnership, each of whom will strengthen our legal offering in key areas and bring further diversity to KWM’s leadership ranks.”

Across Australia, the new partners are:

Dispute Resolution

Bill Ladas, Melbourne: Bill joined KWM Australia in 2014 as a special counsel. He is an expert in intellectual property law with a focus on trade mark and designs law, and specialises in trade mark portfolio advisory, prosecution and enforcement matters, together with the intellectual property aspects of due diligence in transactional matters.

Daisy Mallett, Sydney: Daisy is a dispute resolution expert, specialising in international arbitration.  She works with clients in their international trade, investment, shareholder and joint venture disputes across a range of sectors, including energy and resources, construction, major projects and agribusiness.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Kirsten Bowe, Brisbane: As part of the mergers & acquisitions practice, Kirsten specialises in large IT and commercial transactions, as well as intellectual property and consumer law, procurement, outsourcing and business transformation projects.

Daniel Natale, Sydney: Practicing in the corporate advisory group, Daniel specialises in mergers & acquisitions (both public and private) and restructures, capital raisings, public company/listed trust work and financial services law, particularly in the real estate, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Projects & Real Estate

Francesca Giorlando, Sydney: Francesca specialises in property development, investment, acquisitions and disposals for a range of developers and corporate and institutional investors.  Francesca’s practice spans across a range of sectors, including commercial, industrial, retail and agricultural land.


Kai-Chen Lamb, Melbourne: Kai-Chen specialises in all aspects of income tax, especially the tax treatment of managed funds, infrastructure and financing.

Leah Ranie, Sydney: Leah advises major Australian and multinational clients on tax aspects of mergers & acquisitions and structured real estate and infrastructure transactions. 

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