K&L Gates has hired a new partner for its banking and finance practice in Brisbane.
Deborah Bean joins from Australian firm Gadens Lawyers, where she was also a partner in Brisbane. She mainly advises banks and other financial institutions on financing for construction projects in the agribusiness, elder care, pharmaceutical, and energy and resources sectors.
Bean joined Gadens in 2006 after spending more than a decade working at Brisbane firm McCullough Robertson.
Pittsburgh-based K&L Gates entered the Australian market at the beginning of the year via its merger with 300-lawyer Middletons, which adopted the U.S. firm's name.
With Bean on board, K&L Gates has 24 lawyers based in Brisbane. The firm also has Australian offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. K&L Gates has around 1,800 lawyers worldwide.