LONDON — Multidisciplinary advisory firm Dentons Global Advisors (DGA) has expanded its senior bench with five new partners in London and New York.

The fast-growing firm, which was set up this summer with a minority stake from Dentons, the world’s biggest law firm, said it had made the hires to broaden its expertise in crisis, issue and dispute management, corporate transformation, corporate positioning, financial communications and ESG strategy.

In London, Jonathon Brill, James Melville-Ross, Jennifer Walmsley and Harald Kinzler join the senior regional team led by Deborah Scott, head of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Brill joins DGA after 17 years at FTI Consulting, where he was a senior managing director and built the firm’s retail and consumer industries sector practice in the UK. In his new role, he will play a key role developing strategic partnerships across the business.

Melville Ross also joins from FTI Consulting, where he was a senior managing director and established and led the crisis communications team, and also led the technology, media and telecommunications sector team for 10 years. James is an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, particularly in terms of disability, and will play a significant role in DGA’s efforts to foster an inclusive culture and workplace environment.

ESG specialist Walmsley joins from Teneo, where she was a managing director. She was previously head of investor engagement at the UK Financial Reporting Council and led the shareholder engagement team at Hermes Fund Managers.

Kinzler joins from Kekst CNC, where he was a partner working in London and Frankfurt. He will help Dentons Global Advisors’ clients around the world engage with the investment community.

In the US, Kimberly Kriger joins the senior team led by head of New York Adam Cubbage. Kriger also joins from Kekst CNC. In her new role, she will help the firm integrate sustainability and ESG strategy into its corporate transformations, activism, international M&A, restructuring and litigation communications businesses.

The appointments follow three other new partners joining the firm in September this year. DGA was formed this summer when Dentons bought public affairs agency Albright Stonebridge Group and it quickly bought European public affairs firm Interel.

Dentons Global Advisors CEO Edward Reilly said: “We are delighted to welcome these highly-regarded experts to our team at Dentons Global Advisors, as their exceptional experience and track records of success will prove invaluable to our mission of delivering sophisticated strategic counsel and best-in-class integrated solutions to clients in this interconnected and increasingly complex world.”