Squire Patton Boggs has expanded its Corporate Practice Group with the appointment of partner Simon Rear, who joins the firm’s Perth office with a team of lawyers from Allion Legal.
Rear has broad experience in private and public M&A, equity capital markets and general corporate advisory work in both Australia and the UK. He has advised in connection with takeovers, schemes of arrangement and private M&A transactions. He has also advised on a number of fundraisings including IPOs, rights issues and placements acting for both issuers and underwriters.
Rear spent four years working in London with Herbert Smith, where he advised corporates and investment banks including, amongst others, advising the underwritrs on the US$ 15.2 billion rights issue by Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited and advising Lonmin plc on its successful defence of a £5.6 billion takeover by Xstrata plc.
Rear’s practice is focused on the hard rock resources and mining services industries, together with technology, insurance, financial services, property and industrial sectors.
Also joining Squire Patton Boggs’ Perth office are senior associate Chris Rosario and associates Ben Stewart and Pasan Wijesuriya. Rosario joined Allion in 2009 from Allens, and Stewart and Wijesuriya qualified at Allion Legal and have spent over three years with the firm.