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Blake Dawson boosts corporate practice with double hire in Sydney

Blake Dawson has expanded its presence in Sydney with the hire of leading M&A lawyers Garry Besson and Gary Lawler further strengthening its growing corporate practice.

Garry Besson Gary Lawler

Garry Besson Gary Lawler

Both arrive from Gilbert + Tobin.

Recognised as a leader in his field, Besson has advised on numerous M&A transactions including acting for major international companies and investment banks. His previous clients include Arrow Energy and Shell Energy Holdings Australia.

Lawler, who is the former joint head of Gilbert + Tobin’s mergers and acquisitions group, specialises in public company takeovers and takeover defences, corporate reconstructions and amalgamations, and acquisition and divestment transactions.

The partners are the ninth and tenth hires in the Blake Dawson corporate team in the past 12 months.

Blake Dawson managing partner John Carrington said: “We are delighted that these two highly skilled, market-leading practitioners are joining us at a significant time for Blake Dawson.”

National head of Blake Dawson’s M&A team, Marie McDonald said: “Having worked on the other side of deals from Garry and Gary, I have first hand knowledge of the great counsel they give to their clients, and I very much look forward to them being on our team.”

Both lawyers are listed in The International Who’s Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers with Besson also featuring in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers.

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