DLA Piper boosts Asia Pacific Corporate practice with two senior partner appointments

24 Sep, 2013

DLA Piper has announced the appointment of leading corporate partners Bryan Pointon and David Ryan to its Australian practice, based in the Sydney office. Bryan is also taking on the role of Head of Corporate – Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Bryan was a partner at Gilbert + Tobin. Prior to this, he worked at Malleson Stephen Jaques. He was previously admitted to practice in the US and was an attorney at Latham & Watkins in New York. 

Bryan is renowned as one of Australia’s leading private equity lawyers and is regularly ranked by legal guides, including Chambers, Euromoney, AsiaLaw and Best Lawyers. Chambers Asia Pacific 2013describes him as “a go-to partner for private equity”. 

David Ryan will further bolster DLA Piper’s corporate offering. David is a recognised specialist in public company M&A, equity capital markets transactions and corporate governance. He has specific expertise in the energy and resources industry, having acted on some of the most significant deals in that sector in recent times. David also acts for a number of clients in the engineering and infrastructure, technology and health industries. 

Sir Nigel Knowles, Co-Global CEO of DLA Piper, said: “As part of our strategy to be the leading global business law firm we are focused on providing the best possible service to our clients, wherever in the world they do business. Asia Pacific is a key market for us and the addition of lawyers of Bryan and David’s calibre moves us closer to achieving our goals.” 

Said Andrew Darwin, DLA Piper’s Managing Partner Australia: “We are delighted to welcome Bryan and David to our Corporate practice. These appointments signal our commitment to develop our Corporate practice in Australia and across Asia Pacific. We believe that they are the kind of individuals who are well-aligned with our objective and will bring new relationships and capabilities which will enhance our practice and the service to our clients, both domestic and international.”

Charles Severs, International Head of Corporate, added: “The firm is committed to bolstering its corporate capabilities internationally. Bryan and David are two very accomplished lawyers who will be significant additions to our team and we very much look forward to working with them

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