Jones Day adds two lawyers in Australia

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Leah Ratcliff (left) and Shannon Finch

Jones Day announced two lawyers in Australia have joined the firm. Shannon Finch has joined as a partner based in the Firm’s Sydney office and will be part of its M&A Practice, while international dispute resolution lawyer Leah Ratcliff joined as of counsel in Jones Day’s global disputes practice and will be based in Melbourne.

“These two arrivals send a clear message that we remain committed to providing our clients access to the premier legal talent in Australia,” said Chris Ahern, Jones Day’s partner in-charge of Australia and Japan.

“Shannon and Leah bring a thorough understanding of the global and regional complexities with regard to transactions and disputes respectively and will be assets to our clients in Sydney and Melbourne, and around the world.”

Finch brings experience in capital markets transactions, including IPOs, retail bonds, dual-tracks and crowdfunding; public mergers, acquisitions and restructures; corporate governance, including matters relating to directors’ duties and shareholder activism; and listed entities and securities law.

Ratcliff arrives at Jones Day from BHP, the world’s largest diversified mining, metals, and petroleum company, where she was Head of Dispute Resolution. She has more than 15 years of experience in litigation and arbitration across multiple markets and jurisdictions.