Corrs Chambers Westgarth has recognised new talent and future leaders across the board, with the firm announcing a pool of 48 new promotions.

The announcement includes the promotion of five of the firm’s best to partnership, strengthening a growing partner base across diverse practice areas – from China, to construction, litigation and corporate advisory.

Corrs’ new partners are:

Congratulations also go to Corrs’ seven new special counsel. In addition Corrs has named 36 promotions to an associate level, recognising the impressive achievements of its young and mid-level legal professionals.

Corrs’ partner and CEO John W.H. Denton said the scale of the promotions marked an outstanding level of talent in the pipeline firm-wide.

“Congratulations go to in particular to our new partners and special counsel who have been selected and recognised for the consistent excellence of their work, and the exceptional results they deliver to clients, the firm, their workgroups and colleagues,” John Denton said.

“These promotions further grow our capabilities as a firm across diverse areas of expertise, industries and jurisdictions. Our new partners and special counsel are true leaders who have demonstrated their commitment and understanding of Corrs’ wider strategic and commercial goals, and who work to innovate and inspire at every level.

“Congratulations also go to our new associates who are at the start of their professional progression and who show great potential. Corrs’ remains firmly committed to identifying and developing talent within our ranks from the first formal promotion of associate, through to a partnership level.”

All new appointments are effective from 1 July 2013.

Lizzie Knight – Corporate Advisory, Sydney

Well known for her extensive work in cross-border mergers and acquisitions (particularly foreign inbound investment), Lizzie has advised on some of the largest investments in the Australian energy and resources sector. Her career also reflects a passion and focus on Asia. Lizzie acted on Minmetals acquisition of OZ Minerals’ assets and PetroChina’s joint venture with Shell to acquire Arrow. She also advised BHP Billiton on the renegotiation of its State Agreement for the $30 billion expansion of Olympic Dam.

Jaclyn Riley-Smith – Corporate Advisory, Sydney

Jaclyn specialises in public mergers and acquisitions with experience in takeovers, schemes of arrangement, take-privates and demergers. Jackie has acted on a number of high profile cross-border M&A transactions including for Archer Daniels Midland Company on its $3.4 billion takeover of GrainCorp, Andean Resources on its acquisition by Goldcorp Inc, Fosters Group in the demerger of Treasury Wine Estates, and Staples Inc in its takeover of Corporate Express.

Matthew Muir – Construction, Brisbane

Matthew acts for major commercial and government clients in the construction, engineering, and energy & resources sectors. As a highly experienced construction and projects lawyer, he has been instrumental to some of the firm’s largest and most complex disputes involving extensive lay and expert evidence with clients including QGC, UGL, Tenix, Australand, Mirvac, and Telstra.

Andrew McCormack – Construction, Brisbane

Andrew is renowned for his ‘front end’ transactional and major project work in the construction, mining, energy and resources and infrastructure sectors. He provides expert advice on a wide range of contracts including EPC, EPCM, PPP, Alliance Agreements, mining services contracts, drilling contracts and development agreements. Andrew’s client base includes QGC, CS Energy, Vale, Leighton Contractors, Woolworths (including the Masters home improvement store rollout in QLD), Queensland Rail and Aurizon.

David Yates – Litigation, Perth

David joined Corrs direct from Dubai as a former partner at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) law firm, Al Tamimi & Company. Before that David was a partner at Allens’ Sydney office. David is internationally recognised for his high profile work as a commercial litigator with significant IP and IT experience. An impressive international client base includes the UAE Ministry of Finance, the UAE National Media Council, MasterCard and General Motors.

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