Clyde & Co expands Australian leadership team

Lawyer has over 20 years of experience across various regions

Clyde & Co expands Australian leadership team

Insurance News

By Roxanne Libatique

Global law firm Clyde & Co has expanded its Australian leadership team by appointing Rebecca Kelly as Australian managing partner.

Kelly (pictured) is a regulatory disputes and investigations lawyer with more than 20 years of experience leading and defending investigations across the Asia Pacific, Middle East, the US, and Europe.

As a seasoned disputes partner, Kelly has handled complex cross-border global litigation and arbitration for multinational companies. As a regulatory specialist, she counsels clients on their compliance obligations with anti-corruption or bribery, anti-money laundering, sanctions, and anti-boycott laws. She also defends clients facing regulatory enforcement.

Previously, Kelly served as the head of litigation and regulatory for the Middle East at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. She was also the office managing partner of the firm's Dubai office. 

Clyde & Co's new Australian managing partner

Currently based in the Middle East, Kelly is a partner of Clyde & Co and a part of the leadership of its global Regulatory & Investigations practice. She will return to Australia at the beginning of 2024 to take on the managing partner role and be based in Brisbane.

“It is an exciting time to take on a law firm leadership role with Clyde & Co in Australia,” Kelly said. “The current economic and geopolitical environment presents challenges as well as significant growth opportunities in all sectors, where competition is tough but the need for quality legal services has never been higher. Clients are facing a unique and ever more complex range of risks as they seek to grow and develop their businesses locally and globally, and our sector-focused approach means we are ideally placed to help them. I look forward to working with our amazing talent in Australia and helping to develop our offering further.”

Simon McConnell, partner and chair of the APAC board at Clyde & Co in Hong Kong, said Kelly's appointment is part of the firm's Australian expansion.

“We have strong ambitions in Australia over the coming five years where we are seeking to offer clients in our core sectors leading disputes, regulatory, and corporate and commercial services. As well as our expertise in insurance, construction, energy, trading, and marine, we are seeking to grow by providing clients a fully rounded offering, including in regulatory and investigations, which is why Rebecca is ideally placed to lead the firm in Australia on our growth path,” McConnell said.

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