Top lawyers from Jackson McDonald, Davies Collison Cave jump to K&L Gates

The new partners add to K&L Gates' corporate, real estate and IP offerings

Top lawyers from Jackson McDonald, Davies Collison Cave jump to K&L Gates

K&L Gates has snapped up three senior lawyers from Jackson McDonald and Davies Collison Cave for its partnership in Australia.

Simon Moen was on Jackson McDonald’s board and headed up its real estate practice; Luke Paterson was a senior partner on Jackson McDonald’s corporate team; and Sally Foreman was a principal and trade mark attorney at Davies Collison Cave.

Moen brings over 20 years of experience in real estate, urban renewal, and land development law. His clients include corporate and private developers, ASX-listed property owners, foreign investors, government entities, and not-for-profit organisations.

He has worked on complex and high-value acquisitions, disposals, and anchor tenant lease agreements. He has also tackled issues involving industrial property, social infrastructure development, and green fields transactions.

Paterson specialises in M&A, commercial matters, and corporate and venture capital transactions. His clients include multinationals, listed entities, family business owners, start-ups, venture capital funds, and high-net-worth family enterprises.

He has assisted Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs with the structure, formation, and operation of joint ventures across Australia. He has handled matters related to mining services,

technology, renewables and clean energy, construction, agribusiness, syndicated property assets, start-ups and tourism assets.

Moen and Paterson previously collaborated on cross-practice and cross-sector transactions. Both will operate from K&L Gates’ Perth office.

“The recruitment of Simon and Luke to the firm represents a significant and exciting development in the growth story of K&L Gates in the Australian market, particularly in Perth, which is at the epicentre of a very dynamic and resource-rich part of the economy”, Australia regional managing partner Jason Opperman said. “They both bring outstanding skillsets which are in high demand, and we see immense opportunity to combine our global platform with their strong local knowledge and capability to deliver exceptional outcomes for our local and international clients, many of whom are engaged in high-value inbound investments and complex cross-border deals”.

Meanwhile, Foreman has served as IP counsel for major corporations in Australia for over 20 years. She has managed significant national and international IP protection and enforcement projects, as well as complex, high-risk IP legal issues and strategies.

She has advised government bodies, educational organisations and entrepreneurial individuals. She has worked on matters across the manufacturing, technology, motor vehicle, telecommunications, renewable energy, mining, agriculture, biotechnology, food and beverage, fashion, beauty and personal care sectors.

“Sally's arrival continues our growth strategy in the global IP team, with recent additions in Germany and the US”, K&L Gates IP practice area leader Jonathan Feder said.

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