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Jones Day adds Isaac West to M&A team in Brisbane

September 2017


Jones Day has announced that Isaac West has joined the global law firm as an M&A partner in the Firm's Brisbane, Australia Office.

Mr. West has represented a broad range of listed and unlisted companies in mergers, acquisitions, and capital markets activities. He has extensive experience in, and a deep understanding of, agribusiness and the natural resources sector.

"Isaac's strong experience and capabilities will enhance the work we do for our clients in Queensland and nationally, particularly in agribusiness and the resources sector," said John Cooper, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Brisbane Office. "He's joining an experienced team that has demonstrated great insight, and an unwavering commitment to client service."

Mr. West's recent matters include advising the Queensland Investment Corporation on its acquisition of a controlling interest in The North Australia Pastoral Company, which manages 5.8 million hectares across Queensland and the Northern Territory. He also represented Queensland Gas Company during its $5.2 billion on-market takeover, ERM Power on its $100 million initial public offering and listing on ASX, and PanAust Limited in its $358 million capital raising.

"As the Firm's multinational clients continue to look to us for counsel and strategies relative to their major transactions, adding an attorney with Isaac's experience sends a clear message that Jones Day is completely committed to the Asia Pacific region," said Bob Profusek, Chair of Jones Day's global M&A Practice. "We welcome him to Jones Day and look forward to his contributions."

Mark Crean, Jones Day's Head of M&A in Australia commented, "Our Australian M&A team has grown from three partners less than two years ago to seven partners and 11 associates, giving us the critical mass and scale to assist our clients on major complex transactions. We will continue to build up this team. Isaac will be great resource for our clients. We are delighted he's joining the Firm."

Added Chris Ahern, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day in Australia and Japan, "Isaac is the fourth partner to join our Brisbane Office. Bringing in a lawyer with his reputation and record of accomplishment is indicative of the positive, long-term commitment the Firm has to the region."

Mr. West has been named as a leading corporate and M&A lawyer by the Asia Pacific Legal 500 and as a "Recommended" lawyer in Doyle's 2016 listing of Leading Brisbane Corporate & Commercial Lawyers, and recognized in Best Lawyers in Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisition Law.

"Joining Jones Day presents a great opportunity to be a part of a truly global law firm, and provide advice on major M&A and capital markets transactions in Australia and overseas. I am looking forward to working with so many outstanding lawyers in Brisbane and in Jones Day offices around the world," said Mr. West.

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents. The Firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

Jones Day has operated in Australia since 1998 and its clients include leading Australian and multinational companies across a range of industry sectors, including financial services, energy and resources, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, technology and telecommunications, health care, agriculture, retail and consumer goods, manufacturing, and chemicals.

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