Lavan opens financial year with seven key promotions and appointments

The firm bolsters several of its offerings, including family law, property, insolvency and corporate

Lavan opens financial year with seven key promotions and appointments

Lavan has opened the new financial year with seven key promotions and appointments.

The firm welcomed two new special counsel in Jennifer Tropiano, who ascends to the role as part of the firm’s property team, and Mark Hyde, who joins as a new hire in the reconstruction, recovery and insolvency group.

Tropiano, who has been with the firm since 2018, advises local, national and international clients on high-value acquisitions and disposals, complex commercial leasing matters, large-scale property due diligence and settlements, and hotel management agreements. Her major projects include advising a client on the $29m acquisition of a central Canberra hotel and another client on the $245m sale of multiple office buildings across Australia.

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Hyde hails from Brisbane firm HopgoodGanim Lawyers, where he was a senior associate.

He brings a wealth of experience to the firm as a litigator focusing on insolvency, reconstruction and commercial litigation.

In his practice, Hyde has advised major Australian financial institutions, administrators, liquidators, receivers and company directors across the banking and finance, resources, property, mining, building and construction sectors.

Joining the roster of Lavan’s senior associates is Mary Roseingrave (family law), Mandee de Reus (reconstruction, recovery and insolvency) and Ching Yee Tan (property).

Roseingrave, who steps into the role following a promotion, advises clients on all aspects of family law, including financial and child related matters, binding child support agreements, divorce applications, family violence restraining orders and adoptions.

Making the jump from West Perth firm Mendelawitz Morton, de Reus is an experienced advocate, having represented clients before the WA state courts, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. the Federal Circuit Court and the Federal Court.

Tan returns to Lavan’s property team after a stint at the London office of global firm Reed Smith. She practices in all areas of commercial property, including acquisitions, disposals, subdivisions and leases.

In particular, she specialises in strata development and strata subdivision.

Lavan also named Tegan Chick (litigation and dispute resolution) and Mareli Treurnicht (corporate) as its new associates.

Chick has been with Lavan since 2015, and was elevated to the new position. Although she is part of the litigation group, she also has much experience across several practice areas.

Treurnicht joins from HFW, and is a South African qualified attorney with over 11 years’ experience. She specialises in high value corporate and commercial transactions, commercial litigation, corporate tax (including tax litigation) and energy matters. 

 “Jennifer, Mary and Tegan are valued sources of advice for their clients and integral members of the Lavan team, and I have no doubt that Mark, Mandee, Ching Yee and Mareli will also make significant contributions to their clients and to Lavan,” managing partner Dean Hely said.

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