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ANZ hires Ken Adams as its top lawyer

ANZ has appointed Ken Adams as its top lawyer to replace the retiring Bob Santamaria

ANZ has appointed Ken Adams as its top lawyer to replace the retiring Bob Santamaria.

Mr Adams, who has been a senior partner at Herbert Smith Freehills since 1998, has already advised ANZ on major legal matters including last year's financial services royal commission.

He will join ANZ in August ahead of Mr Santamaria's retirement as group general counsel the following month.

Mr Adams will report to ANZ chief executive Shayne Elliott and will provide senior legal counsel to the board and executive committee.

"We are fortunate enough to have one of Australia's leading commercial lawyers join ANZ to lead our legal function," Mr Elliott said on Tuesday.

"We thank Bob for his significant contribution and wish him and his family the very best in his well-earned retirement."