Independent Australian law firm Lander & Rogers has announced that partners Peter Monk and Simon Davidson, two of Hive Legal's founding principals, will join the firm’s national corporate practice next month, based in Melbourne.
In an exciting period of evolution for the firm, the two appointments bolster Landers’ client offering across the full suite of corporate services, and highlight the firm’s tenacious focus on the advancement of its innovation agenda.
Peter brings over 25 years’ experience in mergers & acquisitions (M&A), private equity, infrastructure investment, and corporate activity across Australia, Asia, and the Middle East. He advises listed and private companies, boards, funds, and family offices on domestic and multi-jurisdictional business.
Simon has significant cross-border experience, having worked in Australia, the UK, and the Middle East. He brings extensive expertise across the spectrum of corporate transactions, with a particular focus on equity capital markets and M&A, as well as general corporate advisory work.
Peter and Simon were two of five founding principals of Hive Legal in 2014. Hive has been independently recognised as an innovative new law legal services provider and disruptor to traditional big law services. Within three years of opening the doors of Hive they successfully built an independently ranked (Legal 500) M&A and Capital Markets practice, and were individually recognised in Best Lawyers in Australia.
In announcing the appointments, Jackie Solakovski, Partner and Corporate Practice Group Leader, said the appointments increase the firm’s bench strength in equity and capital markets and M&A, and signal to the market the firm’s strong intent to continue to grow and expand its corporate offering.
“Peter and Simon are highly regarded in the corporate arena and have built very successful practices at Hive over the past four years, and with DLA Piper and Minters prior to that. They bring greater depth to our national practice as well as an innovative approach to delivering legal services and enhancing the client experience.
“This is an exciting development in the evolution of our practice group; it's created a real buzz amongst the team. It highlights the firm's commitment to continue building a market-leading corporate practice in our priority sectors,” she continued.
Landers’ Chief Executive Partner, Andrew Willder, said the appointments were closely aligned with the firm’s innovation agenda and were another step in its evolving approach to delivering legal services of the future.
“Innovation and working smarter are concepts well-grasped by Peter and Simon, given their roles as new law founders, their expertise in designing and delivering technology-based solutions, and their commitment to the principles of alliance, collaboration, and network development as an alternative to competition.”
Mr Willder also noted the historic close relationship between Hive Legal and Landers.
“We have collaborated with Hive Legal through many successful transactions over the past four years, and both firms look forward to continuing this collaborative approach where it assists our clients,” he said.