KWM appoints Michael Barker as Managing Partner, M&A and Tax following the relocation of Tim Bednall to the UK

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King & Wood Mallesons has appointed Michael Barker to the role of Managing Partner, M&A and Tax following the relocation of Tim Bednall to the UK where he will join the London M&A practice.

Michael comes to the role with a track record of over 20 years’ private equity and M&A transaction experience and is known for his exceptional client and practice building skills. He also has significant leadership experience within the firm, performing the role of Sydney Staff Partner for 5 years.

He will form part of the Australian Executive team and will be supported by David Friedlander who will become the Head of Public M&A and Mark McNamara who will become the Head of Private Equity. Both are regarded as leaders in their respective fields and together they will work alongside Justin Cherrington, Head of Tax to support Mike in executing our client and market strategy for the M&A and Tax practices, with a focus on client and sector opportunities, strengthening and deepening client relationships and delivering on the practice strategy.

Commenting on the appointments, Managing Partner Australia, Sue Kench said:
“Tim leaves the practice in a position of considerable strength and I am confident that Michael will continue this momentum and use his leadership skills to grow the practice and cement the group’s client focussed strategy.”

Michael, David and Mark’s appointments are effective 1 January 2015 and they will continue to work closely with Tim Bednall in his role as Global Coordinator, M&A.

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