21 March 2018

Ashurst boosts Australian M&A practice

The firm is recruiting in Brisbane and Sydney to expand its local and Asian client base.

Ashurst is strengthening its Australian mergers and acquisitions team with the addition of newly recruited partners Ratha Nabanidham and Daniel Yang. Ms Ratha, who joins Ashurst in Brisbane from Minter Ellison, specialises in advising on M&A, infrastructure and major and strategic government transactions. As a former secondee to the Australian Takeovers Panel, she has acted on several landmark regulated M&A transactions, with an aggregate value in excess of $20 billion. She has also advised numerous state governments on significant infrastructure projects and other strategic transactions, including privatisations. Mr Yang joins the Sydney office from Colin Biggers & Paisley, where he was co-head of its China practice. He is an Australian qualified lawyer with legal qualifications in both Australia and China. Dan has expertise in working for national and international clients on M&A matters across a range of sectors including energy and resource, property, financial services and healthcare industries. 

Chinese clients

Paul Jenkins, global managing partner commented: 'We are delighted that Ratha and Dan are joining Ashurst. Ratha brings significant M&A capability and government privatisation/project experience to our Brisbane office and national corporate team, while Dan will play a very valuable role focussing on extending our premium services to major Chinese and Australian corporate clients in relation to inbound and outbound M&A transactions.'