Australian corporate law firm MinterEllison elected mergers and acquisitions lawyer Andrew Rentoul as its new chair.
Rentoul, who joined the firm as a partner in 2006, will succeed David O’Brien, who became chair in 2019.
Ratoul is a well-known M&A lawyer, advising on major transactions in both the private and public sectors, and across industries, including energy and resources, utilities, transportation and digital, MinterEllison said in a statement.
“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,” O’Brien said in a statement.
Rentoul, who previously served as a board member of the firm, relinquishes his role as Brisbane office managing partner. Victoria Hepburn was appointed to that role.
Rentoul will continue with his client work as he takes on the new responsibilities as firm chair.
“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,” Rentoul said. ”The firm has a clear strategy and a strong sense of purpose and values centered on our clients, our people and the community.”
Last year, MinterEllison was in turmoil when it fired then-managing partner Annette Kimmitt after she sent an email to staff apologizing that a partner of the firm—a defamation specialist—had agreed to represent Commonwealth Attorney General Christian Porter, who was accused of a 1988 rape.