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Brisbane solicitor appointed chair of Australia’s largest law firm

Brisbane-based solicitor Andrew Rentoul has been appointed the chief partner of Australia’s largest law firm, MinterEllison.

MinterEllison today released a statement announcing that the firm’s partners had elected Mr Rentoul – a distinguished mergers and acquisitions lawyer who has been with the firm for more than 15 years – as their new chair.

“Mr Rentoul has a long and distinguished career in law, business and leadership and is a strong supporter of the Arts,” the statement says.

“He is well known for his work as a leading M&A lawyer, advising on major transactions in both the private and public sectors, across industries including energy and resources, utilities, transport and digital.”

Victoria Hepburn has been appointed as MinterEllison’s new Brisbane Office Managing Partner.

Ms Hepburn has been the lead of MinterEllison’s Human Resources and Industrial Relations practice in Brisbane and acted predominately for employers across both Australia and New Zealand for more than 15 years in the public and private sectors.

Outgoing Chair David O’Brien said: “Andrew is a respected and effective leader. I congratulate him on being elected Chair of the Firm.

“He is a senior practitioner who brings to the role his wide experience in the law and business and deep understanding of our firm. It is a privilege to be elected to the role by partners, and I wish Andrew every success.”

MinterEllison is a multinational law firm and Australia’s biggest, providing legal and consulting services through a global network of affiliated firms and associated companies.

Mr Rentoul joined the firm as a partner in 2006 in its Capital Markets & Corporate practice.

“He has played a key role in the growth of the firm’s practice in high value and complex M&A in the infrastructure sector, leading the legal teams supporting many of Australia’s most significant transactions in that sector,” the statement said.

“Andrew has previously served as a Board member of MinterEllison. In taking over as the Firm’s Chair, he relinquishes his role as Brisbane Office Managing Partner.”

Mr Rentoul said: “I thank David O’Brien for his lasting contribution. I am looking forward to working with my fellow board members, Virginia Briggs, our CEO and Managing Partner, and our leadership team.

“The firm has a clear strategy and a strong sense of purpose and values centred on our clients, our people and the community.”

Andrew will combine ongoing client work with his Chair duties.

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