DLA Piper boosts financial services litigation capability with partner hire in Australia

Global law firm DLA Piper announces that financial services dispute resolution and class actions lawyer Matthew (Matt) Spain has joined the firm, effective today.

Matt joins DLA Piper from King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) Financial Services Dispute Resolution group, where he has spent the past 13 years. During his time at KWM, Matt has built a successful financial services dispute resolution and class actions practice, advising a number of organisations in the financial services sector, including IOOF, Zurich, Westpac and ANZ.

Commenting on this appointment, DLA Piper’s Managing Partner in Australia, Amber Matthews, said: “We are delighted to welcome Matt to our growing Australian partnership. His extensive financial services experience will be a valuable addition to our Litigation & Regulatory practice, and enhance our class actions offering to local and international clients.”

DLA Piper’s Head of Litigation and Regulatory Australia, Cameron Maclean, said: “Financial services class actions have been on the rise since 2013, and coupled with the rise in the availability of funding for litigation means we will likely see this trend continue. Matt is a skilled dispute resolution and class actions lawyer, and his capabilities will strengthen our growing litigation practice.”

Matt’s hire follows a number of recent partner appointments in Australia over the past two months – including tax disputes partner Paul McNab and litigation lawyer John Fogarty, and five partner promotions – taking the total number of new partners to eight.

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