Litigation duo swaps global firms in Melbourne

Legal giant scores new partner and special counsel to boost recovery and restructuring team

Litigation duo swaps global firms in Melbourne

A global firm has welcomed two senior litigation lawyers to boost its recovery and restructuring team in Melbourne.

Dentons has welcomed litigation partner Kon Tsiakis and special counsel Ryan Hennessey. The duo was most recently at DLA Piper.

Tsiakis adds to Dentons Australia more than two decades’ experience in advising major banks on asset recovery, insolvency practitioners on all aspects of external administrations, and clients in relation to international cross-border insolvency issues, the firm said.

Hennessey is a commercial litigation expert. He advises on insolvency, reconstruction, litigation, dispute resolution, anti-bribery, corruption, commercial, corporate investigations, strategic negotiations, fraud, and white-collar crime matters.

Doug Stipanicev, Dentons Australia chair and Australasia region chief executive, said that Tsiakis will be an “invaluable asset” to the growth of the firm’s recovery and restructuring team. The strategic growth of the practice is “part of our drive to become the preeminent global firm in the Australasia region,” Stipanicev said.

Dentons has been rapidly expanding in Australasia since 2016. Most recently, it launched Dentons Kensington Swan in New Zealand and combined to form Dentons Fisher Jeffries in Adelaide.

“There is significant opportunity here in Melbourne to support Dentons’ clients with their recovery and restructuring needs. I’m also looking forward to the opportunities that Dentons’ global reach can provide for my clients,” Tsiakis said.

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