Cutlers appoints new banking and finance partner

By: Thomsons Lawyers  22-Oct-2005

Specialist business law firm Cutler Hughes Harris today announced the appointment of experienced banking and finance lawyer, John Driscoll, as a partner of Cutler Hughes Harris. The appointment extends Cutlers services to the banking sector, adding to the firms established finance, tax, commercial and insolvency practices. Johns experience includes establishing domestic and offshore debt issuance programs for financiers, corporations and government agencies, and acting for financiers in infrastructure developments such as shopping centres, tollroads, hospitals and public utilities. He has managed and settled major regulatory investigations, and has dealt with regulators on issues including insider trading and APRA compliance. John has extensive in-house corporate experience, having held senior roles with Credit Suisse First Boston and Commonwealth Bank. As director, general counsel and head of compliance for Australia and New Zealand for Credit Suisse First Boston, John oversaw Telstras initial public offering, AMP's demutualisation and CSFB's acquisition of First Pacific Stockbrokers. Cutlers chief executive officer, Ray Gould, said: Johns wide knowledge of the banking and finance sector will be a great asset to Cutlers. His appointment strengthens our services to banks and financial institutions as well as our project finance expertise, especially in public-private partnerships. His experience on both sides of the street provides understanding of the clients need to get the optimum result. As legal costs come under scrutiny, we have seen a greater readiness of Australian banks to outsource legal work to mid-tier firms. No longer is banking and finance work the preserve of the largest law firms. Cutlers excellent reputation for client service means we are well placed to take advantage of this shift. John holds Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Master of Laws degrees and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Company Secretaries.