Clayton Utz rings in new financial year with new deputy chief executive partners

The newly appointed CEPs head up the clients and markets and people and development divisions

Clayton Utz rings in new financial year with new deputy chief executive partners

Clayton Utz has appointed two new deputy chief executive partners to welcome the new financial year.

Emma Covacevich and Doug Bishop will be supporting chief executive partner Bruce Cooper as the members of his new senior leadership team to guide the firm’s key client and people initiatives, the firm said. Covacevich will lead the division for clients and markets, while Bishop takes charge of people and development.

They stepped into their new roles on Wednesday.

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“Working with Emma and Doug, who as long-standing and successful partners understand the business very well, will help our firm to move to another level, with smart, entrepreneurial people who deliver not only first-class services to our clients, but also unique experiences that set our firm apart,” Cooper said.

Covacevich will maintain her practice in corporate/energy. She has helmed the firm’s team on some major deals, and recently celebrated the completion of a huge $2.2bn energy and resources sale that she assisted on.

Meanwhile, Bishop works with Clayton Utz’s resources and litigation team, and has expertise with regard to the complexities of defamation, reputation risk and contempt issues. He is knowledgeable on the legal aspects of social media, and heads up the firm’s multidisciplinary social media team.

“In the immediate term, our focus will be on supporting our clients as they respond to the challenges they're facing as a result of the impacts of the global pandemic and embrace new opportunities, in whatever form that may be—working collaboratively with them as they re-shape, re-build or re-focus,” Cooper said.

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