Jones Day opens office in Melbourne, Australia

Jones Day opens office in Melbourne, Australia

The global law firm Jones Day has announced that it will open an office in Melbourne, Australia in early February of this year. The Melbourne Office will initially focus on M&A, energy, IP, restructuring, and disputes, with an emphasis on the financial services, energy, mining, infrastructure, and pharmaceutical sectors. It will be Jones Day's fourth office in Australia and its 43rd worldwide.

Jones Day expanded to Australia in 1998 with its first office in Sydney and began practicing local law in 2006. The Firm opened offices in Perth in 2014 and in Brisbane in 2016. There are now more than 85 Jones Day lawyers practicing Australian law and providing a wide range of services for clients; advising on litigation, mergers and acquisitions, energy, projects, intellectual property, and restructuring matters. As with all Firm offices, lawyers in Jones Day's Melbourne Office will collaborate to provide clients with innovative solutions as One Firm Worldwide.

"Opening in Melbourne is in response to Australia's growing role in the global economy, the importance of Melbourne as a center for corporate Australia, and the Firm's commitment to the country," said Stephen J. Brogan, Managing Partner of Jones Day. "An office in Melbourne enhances our ability to serve clients in Australia's industrial capital, provide them with better risk assessment on global investments, and more efficiently and effectively resolve their disputes as they arise. Since we expanded our offering beyond providing U.S. capital markets advice to providing local practice capabilities, the Firm has been the beneficiary of great client service opportunities arising from our global client base and from the strong corporate and financial sectors of Australia. Our good fortune in country has permitted us to be a disruptor in the legal market which has some the finest lawyers to be found anywhere in the world. Our partners such as John Emmerig, John Cooper, Tim L'Estrange, Anthony Muratore, Simon Bellas, Matthew Latham, Mark Crean, Lisa Taliadoros, and Chis Ahern are a few examples of the talented lawyers we are blessed to have as part of our Firm. We look forward to many years of client service arising from our four leading Australian offices."

"Melbourne is an important legal market and, in combination with our offices in Sydney, Perth, and Brisbane, creates a critical mass of legal experience across the four major legal markets in Australia," said Chris Ahern, Partner-in-Charge of Australia and Japan for Jones Day. "As a fully integrated global partnership, we are able to serve Australian clients seamlessly by collaborating with our leading lawyers in the U.S., Europe, Middle East, Latin America, and Asia."

Tim L'Estrange, a partner in Jones Day's Global Disputes Practice and currently the Partner-in-Charge of the Firm's Sydney Office, will serve as Partner-in-Charge of the Melbourne Office. Mr. L'Estrange's practice is focused on commercial litigation and complex cross-border disputes, particularly leading strategic planning and assessment, internal investigations of a delicate, reputational nature, and advising members of boards in relation to governance, regulatory, and investigatory trends. Prior to joining Jones Day in 2013, Mr. L'Estrange was a senior executive with ANZ Bank, where he was successively general counsel and company secretary, managing director of Europe and America, and global head of governance. During this time he was heavily involved in major domestic and international litigation and regulatory investigations, particularly with Australian and U.S. authorities.

"Our Melbourne Office will bring us closer to many clients who have material presences in the Victorian market," said Mr. L'Estrange. "Together with our colleagues in other Australian and global offices, we are confident that we can bring a high level of experience and commitment to the market that we expect will be valued by clients."

Joining Mr. L'Estrange in Melbourne from Jones Day will be Lisa Taliadoros, who leads the Firm's Australian Intellectual Property Practice and is currently based in its Sydney Office, and Darren Murphy, a partner in Jones Day's Singapore Office and part of the Firm's Energy Practice.

Ms. Taliadoros has, for close to 20 years, been advising clients in relation to all aspects of intellectual property across a breadth of industries including consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, biologics, biotechnology, mining, gaming, IT, and building and construction. She is widely recognized as one of the leading patent litigators in Australia with particular experience in multijurisdictional proceedings, acting for clients including Sanofi, Johnson & Johnson, Abbvie, Merck, Celgene, Pfizer, and Biogen in relation to blockbuster pharmaceutical products. In recent years, Ms. Taliadoros has acted in two landmark cases in the High Court of Australia in relation to the patentability of "human genes" and methods of human treatment. She is a member of the Intellectual Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia (and a member of the Patents Sub-Committee). Prior to earning her law degree, Ms. Taliadoros was a scientist at two of Australia's preeminent research organizations, the CSIRO and the Centenary Institute of Cell Biology and Cancer Medicine, undertaking research in the fields of molecular biology and virology.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Murphy has advised clients on corporate, M&A, and project development matters in the Asia Pacific region. He has acted across a range of industries and in over two dozen countries, and has particular experience in the energy and resources sectors where he has led many significant transactions including landmark transactions in Australia. His experience covers the entire value chain, including upstream, LNG, pipelines, supply and trading, refineries, and petrochemicals as well as mining, power, and infrastructure. Mr. Murphy began his career in Melbourne and is returning after spending time based in Perth, the United States, and Singapore, including working in-house for a then NYSE-listed energy company. He is recognized in Chambers and Partners as a leading practitioner in three countries and has been an active committee member with the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators for many years.

Succeeding Mr. L'Estrange as Partner-in-Charge in Sydney will be John Emmerig. Mr. Emmerig is the head of Jones Day's litigation practice in Australia and widely recognized as one of the nation's leading litigation lawyers. Mr. Emmerig brings to his new role the experience of nearly 30 years in practice and a distinguished record of leadership in the legal profession. He is also the Chair of the Federal Litigation Section of the Law Council of Australia, an Adjunct Professor of Law at UNDA, and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, among numerous other professional appointments.

"It is a privilege to lead the exceptional team of lawyers and support staff in our Sydney Office," said Mr. Emmerig. "Collaborating with our colleagues in our other Australian offices and internationally, we have ambitious plans for future growth as we look forward to continuing to serve our global and domestic clients in Australia in their most demanding and complex matters."

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.

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