Another global firm is set to focus on Brisbane this year.
Jones Day opened its doors in Sydney back in 1994 and expanded westward to Perth in 2014.
Managing partner Stephen J. Brogan said the new office reflects the firm’s commitment to Australia and its role in the global economy. In an announcement yesterday, the firm said the new office would initially focus on M&A, major projects, and project-related disputes, with an emphasis on the natural resources, construction, transport and agriculture sectors.
Newly appointed Brisbane partner-in-charge, John Cooper said new opening reflects client demand.
“We have opened an office in Brisbane following some of our clients asking us to represent them on matters in the energy and resources sector and Brett Heading deciding to join our firm,” he told Australasian Lawyer.
“We see a great opportunity to act for the firm's clients in the energy and resources, transport, construction, property and agricultural sectors.”
Former McCullough Robertson partner Brett Heading will join the firm’s Brisbane office, following his resignation as drug developer Invion chairman, a position he took up in April of last year. Invion announced yesterday that chief executive Greg Collier would take over the position of chairman in the interim.
Mark Crean, former deputy senior partner at Herbert Smith Freehills will join Heading in the firm’s new office.
“With Brett joining in Brisbane and Mark Crean having joined the firm in Sydney, we see a great opportunity for the Firm in Australia in the corporate law area,” Cooper said of the considerable M&A experience of both new partners.
“We already have very senior lawyers in the corporate, construction and infrastructure and property development who understand the industries in which they work and doing business in Queensland, and who have access to leading lawyers from other jurisdictions who collaboratively work together across jurisdictions as one firm worldwide.”