Disputes and regulations partner named Clyde & Co's new Australia managing partner

Rebecca Kelly helps to lead the firm's global regulatory and investigations practice

Disputes and regulations partner named Clyde & Co's new Australia managing partner

Clyde & Co has appointed disputes and regulations partner Rebecca Kelly as its new managing partner for Australia.

While Kelly is currently based in the Middle East helping to lead the firm's global regulatory and investigations practice, she is set to return to Australia at the start of 2024 to take up her new role. She will be operating from Brisbane.

“We have strong ambitions in Australia over the coming five years where we are seeking to offer clients in our core sectors leading disputes, regulatory and corporate and commercial services. As well as our expertise in insurance, construction, energy, trading and marine, we are seeking to grow by providing clients a fully rounded offering, including in regulatory and investigations, which is why Rebecca is ideally placed to lead the firm in Australia on our growth path,” explained APAC board chair Simon McConnell.

Kelly has led and defended investigations across the Middle East, US, Europe, and APAC for more than two decades. She has also handled complex cross-border litigation and arbitration for multinational companies, as well as advised clients on compliance obligations with anti-corruption/bribery, anti-money laundering, sanctions, and anti-boycott laws,

She has represented companies in the construction, infrastructure, finance, industrial, technology, transport, general trading, education, healthcare, and pharmaceutical sectors. She has also defended clients in regulatory enforcement cases.

“Clients are facing a unique and ever more complex range of risks as they seek to grow and develop their businesses locally and globally,” Kelly said. “It is an exciting time to take on a law firm leadership role with Clyde & Co in Australia. The current economic and geopolitical environment presents challenges as well as significant growth opportunities in all sectors, where competition is tough but the need for quality legal services has never been higher.”

Previously, Kelly was head of litigation and regulatory for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in the Middle East. She also served as the firm’s office managing partner in Dubai.

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