KWM Oz chief steps down

By James Barnes

21 May 2013 at 11:17 BST

Hong Kong-headquartered global law firm King & Wood Mallesons has suffered a blow in Australia with the news that its managing partner in the jurisdiction is to step down just 14 months after taking the job.

KWM lose Australia managing partner

Tony O’Malley will leave the role immediately, and will retire from the partnership on 31 December, reports The Australian.
Mr O'Malley has been with the firm for 13 years, but said he would not stay on in another capacity when he leaves the partnership.

Management changes

His appointment as a managing partner last year followed the merger of Australia's Mallesons Stephen Jaques and China's King & Wood which sparked a surge of management changes, including the relocation of Mr O'Malley's predecessor, Stuart Fuller, who moved to Hong Kong to become global managing partner of the merged firm.
A spokeswoman for the firm said the decision has been a mutual one taken by Mr O'Malley and the board.


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