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DLA Phillips Fox announces appointment of Sue Brown

DLA Phillips Fox announces appointment of Sue Brown as Partner

TUESDAY 6 MAY 2014

On I July, high profile financial markets specialist Sue Brown will join DLA Phillips Fox as partner in its Wellington office.

Best known for her recent role as Head of Strategy, Innovation & Engagement at the Financial Markets Authority (FMA), Sue has more than 25 years’ local and international experience in financial markets and law, including in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

In her new role Sue will provide expert advice on corporate, regulatory and government issues. She will also work closely with colleagues globally as the firm continues its close relationship with the world's largest law firm, DLA Piper.

“In New Zealand, I’ll focus on helping clients find solutions to challenges they face in the financial markets, regulatory and government sectors, deepen the alignment of the firm with DLA Piper, promote the strategic growth of the Wellington office and assist in developing depth and expertise among the team,” she says.

FMA’s Chief Executive Rob Everett, said “Sue has been a massive contributor to FMA and to New Zealand’s financial services regime during her time here and whilst we are very sorry to see her go, we look forward to her continued leadership and influence in the development of our markets at DLA Phillips Fox.”

Andrew Darwin, Country Managing Partner, Australia and International Chief Operating Officer, DLA Piper says: “We are excited that a senior executive of the calibre of Sue Brown is joining to advance the firm’s capability in an area of great significance to clients, both regionally and globally. She will play an important role in developing our Trans-Tasman and regional financial services practice.”

Commercial and pragmatic, Sue has a reputation for managing and resolving complex and challenging issues on behalf of clients. She has played a lead role in shaping and delivering FMA’s regulatory approach and capability – both through the financial market regulator’s establishment phase and in supporting the future growth of New Zealand’s financial markets through the Financial markets Conduct Act.

Qualified in law in the UK, and admitted as a solicitor in New Zealand, Australia (NSW) and England & Wales, Sue is also a Board member of Dress for Success Wellington.

“The appointment of Sue Brown as a partner is a great achievement for the firm, and acknowledgement of the firm’s significant capability and strong Trans-Tasman and international connections,” says Chairman of DLA Phillips Fox, Martin Wiseman. “We are delighted to have her join us.”

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