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Weil Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Investment funds specialist Albert Cho was previously a partner in Hong Kong with Kirkland & Ellis.

New Financial Disputes Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills

By Tom Brennan |

The firm has been seeking to bolster its practice in the area since some high-profile departures last year.

Squire Sanders Adds Sydney Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Investment funds specialist Michelle Segaert was previously a partner with Sparke Helmore.

O'Melveny Hong Kong Partner Moves to DLA Piper

By Tom Brennan |

At DLA Piper, Mark Fairbairn will serve in the newly created role of head of Asia restructuring.

Slaughter and May Hires Hong Kong Lateral

By Tom Brennan |

John Moore will become the Magic Circle firm's first lateral partner ever when he joins from Morrison & Foerster next month.

K&L Gates Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Greg Heaton was previously a partner in Hong Kong with Deacons.

DLA Piper Adds Bangkok Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Corporate finance specialist Timothy Tan was previously a counsel in the Singapore office of O'Melveny & Myers.

Bird & Bird Adds Shanghai Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Sven-Michael Werner was previously a partner in Shanghai with Anglo-German firm Taylor Wessing.

Employment Partner Joins Clyde & Co in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

Iris Duchetsmann is joining Clyde from the Shanghai office of Eversheds.

Three Colin Ng Partners Move to Singapore's Virtus Law

By Anna Zhang |

Elaine Beh, who previously led the corporate practice at Colin Ng & Partners, is joining 11-lawyer Virtus Law with fellow partners Allan Tan and Kong Seh Ping.

K&L Gates Adds Pair of Tokyo Partners

By Tom Brennan |

Takahiro Hoshino and Takahiro Tsumagari are joining the firm's commercial disputes and real estate practices, respectively.

Corrs Chambers Adds Brisbane Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Nick Le Mare is currently general counsel of state-owned railway operator Queensland Rail Ltd.

Pinsent Masons Boosts Singapore with KhattarWong Hires

By Tom Brennan |

Perry Yuen, Kelvyn Oo and Bethia Su were the last corporate partners at KhattarWong.

Shearman Adds Singapore Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Anthony Patten was the Perth-based head of the Asia Pacific oil and gas practice at Allens.

Allen & Overy Adds Australian Competition Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Peter McDonald was previously a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Cleary Partner Heads to Hong Kong Securities Regulator

By Tom Brennan |

Megan Tang is joining the Hong Kong Securities & Futures Commission as a director in its corporate finance division.

Sidley Adds Beijing Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Lan Tao was previously a partner in the Beijing office of White & Case.

Dechert Hong Kong Head Leaves for Zhong Lun

By Anna Zhang |

Basil Hwang said he needed a larger China-focused platform and cited restrictions on international firms' practices.

Hogan Lovells Recruits Freshfields Asia Tech Head

By Tom Brennan |

Mark Parsons is expected to start at Hogan Lovells at the end of the month.

HWL Ebsworth Adds Five Partners

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian firm has brought aboard new partners in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane.

King & Wood Founder Moves to Different Beijing Firm

By Anna Zhang |

Bai Yanchun, one of the three founding partners of the former King & Wood, has joined Commerce & Finance Law Offices as a partner.

Shearman Adds Nuclear Power Partner in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

George Borovas was previously head of international nuclear projects for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Hogan Lovells Adds Singapore Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Debt capital markets specialist Andy Ferris was previously a senior associate with Allen & Overy.

Edwards Wildman Palmer Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Man Chiu Lee was previously a partner in Hong Kong with Hogan Lovells.

New Singapore Partner for Stephenson Harwood

By Tom Brennan |

Tom Platts was previously a senior associate in the Singapore office of Herbert Smith Freehills.

Clifford Chance Adds Perth Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Energy and resources specialist Paul Lingard is joining from King & Wood Mallesons.

DaHui Brings Aboard Shearman Counsel as Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Chris Chen, who has worked in Beijing for Shearman since 2004, focuses on capital markets work.

Former Partner Rejoins Jones Day as Asia Head

By Tom Brennan |

David Carden, former cohead of the firm's securities litigation practice in New York, left two years ago to become the first U.S. ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Reed Smith Dubai Chief Joins Singapore's Drew & Napier

By Anna Zhang |

Lee Chau Ee, Reed Smith's Dubai managing partner since 2011, will lead a construction and engineering practice for Drew & Napier.

HWL Ebsworth Adds Three Partners

By Tom Brennan |

Commercial litigator Craig Powell, franchising lawyer Sean O’Donnell and technology specialist Brendon Noney are joining from Thomsons Lawyers.

Allen & Overy Hires Tokyo Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Nick Wall is joining from the local office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a senior associate.

Hogan Lovells Recruits Southeast Asia Disputes Head

By Anna Zhang |

Singapore-based Maurice Burke formerly headed a similar practice for Herbert Smith Freehills.

Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Insurance litigator Declan McDaid was previously a partner with Hong Kong firm Deacons.

Melbourne IP Team Moves to Minter Ellison

By Anna Zhang |

The 10-lawyer group led by partners Wayne McMaster and Robert Cooper previously worked at King & Wood Mallesons, where McMaster was head of the Australia IP practice.

Perth's Lavan Legal Adds Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Daniel Kirk was previously a Perth partner at King & Wood Mallesons, where he worked in the energy, resources and project group.

Baker & McKenzie Brings Aboard Melbourne Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Finance specialist Martin Irwin was formerly a partner with Herbert Geer.

Two Partners Join Pillsbury in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

Energy and infrastructure specialists Anthony Raven and Simon Barrett were previously partners in the Tokyo offices of Hogan Lovells and Simmons & Simmons, respectively.

K&L Gates Adds Tokyo Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Philip Hyde was formerly head of the finance practice in Hogan Lovells' Tokyo office.

Loeb & Loeb Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Jae Chul Lee was previously a partner in Hong Kong with DLA Piper.

Prosecutor Moves to Defense at Yoon & Yang

By Tom Brennan |

Young Kon Cho is joining the firm from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office, where he was chief prosecutor.

Stephenson Harwood Global Aviation Head Joins Milbank

By Anna Zhang |

Paul Ng will lead Milbank's Asian aviation practice from Singapore.

Yulchon Adds IP Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Dong Soo Han was most recently presiding judge of the Civil Appellate Court in Suwon, and has spent 16 years as a judge in various Korean courts.

Rajah & Tann Adds Singapore Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Marae Ciantar was formerly the Singapore managing partner for Australian firm Allens.

New Partner Joining Berwin Leighton in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Nigel Ward was previously a Beijing partner with Norton Rose Fulbright.

Bae, Kim & Lee Brings Aboard Three Ex-Judges

By Anna Zhang |

Taeck Soo Kwon, most recently an appellate judge with the Seoul High Court, is joining the firm’s intellectual property practice. Former Seoul Central District Court judge Joo Hyae Jun and former Supreme Court research judge Il Yeon Kim will join the firm's litigation department.

Dentons Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Wei Guangqin was previously a special counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson specializing in corporate finance and capital markets.

The Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards

By Anthony Lin |

On March 5, at a gala dinner held at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong, The Asian Lawyer presented its inaugural All-Star Awards. We sought to do something different, recognizing excellence in advising key industries rather than simply honoring the biggest, highest-profile deals of the year (though we took those into account too). We also said we would be publishing the reasons for the decisions that we made. And so here we do exactly that, category by category.

Rajah & Tann Recruits Hunton & Williams Team in Bangkok

By Tom Brennan |

Surasak Vajasit, Melisa Uremovic and Pakpoom Suntornvipat will all join Singapore-based Rajah & Tann as partners, taking 11 lawyers with them.

K&L Gates Hires Sydney Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former Henry Davis York partner Elizabeth Gray has joined the firm's investment management practice.

K&L Gates Adds Taipei Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Jim Wu headed the Taipei office for the former Preston Gates & Ellis between 2002 and 2004.

Robert Pe with Suu Kyi

The Lawyer and 'The Lady'

By Tom Brennan |

Since the fall of 2012, Robert Pé, a litigation and arbitration partner in the Hong Kong office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, has served as senior legal adviser to Nobel Peace Prize winner and democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi, now a member of parliament and leader of the political opposition in Myanmar. The assignment has been the fulfillment of a longtime dream for Pé, whose father left the country formerly known as Burma 50 years ago.

Morrison & Foerster Adds Singapore Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Shirin Tang was previously a counsel in the Singapore office of Shearman & Sterling.

Yoon & Yang Adds M&A Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Do Hyung Kim was previously a partner with rival Korean firm Yulchon.

Pinsent Masons Adds Partner in Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

Helena Chen was previously a partner in Taipei with Taiwanese law firm Formosan Brothers.

Clyde & Co Adds Singapore Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Eugene Tan will lead the British firm's Southeast Asian construction practice.

Sydney Employment Partner Joins DLA Piper

By Tom Brennan |

Brett Feltham was previously head of the New South Wales employment team at Hunt & Hunt.

Khaitan & Co Adds Two Partners

By Anna Zhang |

New Mumbai partner Kartick Maheshwari is joining the Indian firm from the Singapore office of White & Case, while Delhi partner Dibyanshu Sinha was most recently a senior associate with J. Sagar Associates.

Three Partners Join Zhong Lun in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

The trio includes former King & Wood Mallesons and Morrison & Foerster partner Edward Li.

Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Singapore Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Sheela Moorthy was previously the Singapore corporate head for DLA Piper.

V&E Partner Moves to Latham Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

David Blumental previously headed Vinson & Elkins' Shanghai office, which was closed last year.

Two Partners Join Howse Williams Bowers

By Anna Zhang |

Stacy Devoy was previously a Hong Kong partner with Withers while Alison Scott was mostly recently chair of the Residential Property Tribunal in Wales.

K&L Gates Adds Beijing Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Frank Voon was previously a counsel with Allen & Overy.

Goodwin Procter Adds Two Partners in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Christopher Yu and Andrew Yang were previously associates at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, respectively.

Ashurst Adds Sydney Structured Finance Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Jennifer Schlosser was previously a special counsel with King & Wood Mallesons.

Bird & Bird Adds Hong Kong Tech Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Michelle Chan previously headed the Asia TMT practice for Herbert Smith Freehills.

Linklaters' Top Bengoshi Joins MoFo

By Tom Brennan |

Akihiro Wani, who served as joint managing partner of Linklaters' Tokyo office from 2005 to 2012, is joining Morrison & Foerster as a senior counselor.

DLA's Asia Corporate Head Jumps to Winston & Strawn

By Tom Brennan |

Mabel Lui has assumed the same role at the Chicago-based firm, taking with her a team of three lawyers.

Zhong Lun Adds Shanghai Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Litigator Gary Gao was previously with Duan & Duan.

Ashurst Hires Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Banking and finance lawyer Kate Allchurch has moved over from White & Case.

Mayer Brown Hires China-Focused Partner in New York

By Anna Zhang |

Henry Liu was most recently a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he led the firm's financial institutions and infrastructure teams covering Asia.

Kilpatrick Townsend Hires Shanghai Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Gentry Sayad, former Shanghai managing partner of Minneapolis-based Fredrikson & Byron, handles cross-border investments in China.

Squire Patton Adds Asia-Focused Partners in Los Angeles

By Tom Brennan |

Kenji Funahashi and Hiroki Suyama are joining from Jones Day and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, respectively.

K&L Gates Recruits Energy Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

John King, who specializes in liquefied natural gas projects, was formerly a Perth-based partner at Clayton Utz.

HWL Ebsworth Adds Brisbane Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Kelly Alcorn has joined the firm’s planning, environment and government practice.

Jun He Hires Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Esther Leung was most recently a partner at DLA Piper.

Bingham Adds Beijing Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Frederick Chang was one of the co-founders of 30-lawyer Chinese law firm FenXun Partners.

Hogan Lovells Brings Aboard Litigator in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Shaun Langhorne will join the firm as a partner in August from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he is a senior associate.

Winston & Strawn Adds Taipei Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Horng-Dar Lin is coming aboard from Sovereign Law Office, a Taipei-based firm he founded last year. He was also previously vice president responsible for intellectual property at contract electronics maker Foxconn Technology Group.

Baker & McKenzie Adds Sydney Antitrust Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Rowan McMonnies, most recently a special counsel with Corrs Chambers Westgarth, was previously a senior lawyer with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

King & Wood Mallesons Adds Sydney Partners

By Tom Brennan |

Ruth Stringer and Nathan Hodge both specialize in advising retirement funds.

Beijing Partner First New Hire at Squire Patton Boggs

By Anna Zhang |

Li Hua is joining the newly-merged firm from the Beijing office of French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel.

Wilmer Cutler Adds China IP Partner in Silicon Valley

By Anna Zhang |

Song Zhu was previously a San Francisco-based partner with Hogan Lovells.

China Partner Joins Foley & Lardner in D.C.

By Tom Brennan |

Richard "Tad" Ferris, formerly a Washington partner with Holland & Knight, focuses on product-safety and environmental issues arising in foreign investments in China.

MoFo Adds Shanghai Real Estate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Maria Wang was previously a counsel with Allen & Overy in Shanghai.

King & Wood Mallesons Hong Kong Pair Break Off

By Anna Zhang |

Corporate partners Larry Kwok and Conrad Chan are leaving to start their own firm.

Hill Dickinson Adds Hong Kong, Singapore Partners

By Anna Zhang |

Former Kennedys disputes partner Anthony Woo is joining Hill Dickinson in Hong Kong, while Chris Edwards is coming aboard from the Singapore office of Clyde & Co.

Latham Relocates Litigation Partner to Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

The firm's relocation of former federal prosecutor Catherine Palmer from New York comes at a time of intensified regulatory scrutiny of multinationals operating in China.

Zhong Lun Brings Aboard Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Victor Pang was most recently a Beijing-based counsel with Reed Smith.

Ashurst Finance Partner Moves to Gadens

By Tom Brennan |

Tim Lipscombe handles both cross-border and domestic finance transactions, as well as asset and equipment lease deals.

DLA Piper Adds Sydney Technology Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Peter Jones was previously a partner at Gilbert + Tobin specializing in outsourcing transactions.

Squire Sanders Partner Moves to Chinese Firm

By Anna Zhang |

Ni Xudong's move to Concord & Partners comes just as Squire Sanders prepares for its merger with Patton Boggs in the U.S.

Eversheds Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Samuel Chau was most recently Hong Kong banking and finance head of Gide Loyrette Nouel.

Johnson Winter & Slattery Hires Brisbane Partner

By Anna Zhang |

David Beckett was formerly a finance partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Withers Adding Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Tax specialist Stacy Choong is returning to private practice after four years as a managing director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

Dentons Hires Partner in Beijing

By Tom Brennan |

Former Baker & McKenzie special counsel Frank Niu has joined the firm’s corporate practice.

Dentons Hires Finance Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Jeffrey Chen was formerly a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

Clifford Chance's Associate Firm Adds Jakarta Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Linda Widyati and Partners is bringing aboard former Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo partner Arisia Pusponegoro.

Three Asia-Based Partners Exit DLA Piper

By Tom Brennan |

The moves are the latest in a number of departures for the firm in the region.

Clyde & Co Adds Beijing Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Patrick Zheng moves over from Clifford Chance, where he was co-head of the firm’s arbitration practice in China and Hong Kong.

Clifford Chance, DLA Piper Name New Korea Chiefs

By Anna Zhang |

Counsel Thomas Walsh is stepping in as chief representative for the Magic Circle firm, while corporate partner Daniel Kim assumes the role at DLA Piper.