HSF Seoul Co-Managing Partner Departs for Debevoise

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Former Herbert Smith Freehills Seoul co-managing partner Tony Dymond has left to join Debevoise & Plimpton in London, just eight months after launching the firm’s Korean office.

Dymond, a disputes partner, had co-led the office with corporate partner Lewis McDonald since its opening last April. Dymond had relocated from London to manage the firm’s Korean operation, while McDonald had moved from Singapore.

Now Dymond is returning to England to be a part of New York-based Debevoise’s six-partner litigation team in London. He joins former Herbert Smith Freehills London partner Kevin Lloyd, who moved to Debevoise in July. Lloyd was one of several London partners to leave in the months leading up to and following Herbert Smith’s merger with Australia’s Freehills in October of last year.

Dymond has spent the last two decades focusing on construction-related disputes, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He has also advised on general commercial litigation and international arbitration. Prior to relocating to Seoul earlier this year, he had been with Herbert Smith Freehills in London since 2005, and before that worked seven years in the firm’s Hong Kong office.

McDonald will take over as sole head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Korea team. The firm is relocating Doha-based disputes lawyer James Doe, who specializes in construction and engineering matters, to Seoul and promoting him to partner.

Email: tbrennan@alm.com.

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