Asian People

Singapore
Baker & McKenzie Adds India Capability in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Finance partner Prashanth Venkatesh was most recently at the former Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. in Bangalore.

South Korea
Sheppard Mullin Brings on Another Partner in Seoul

By Tom Brennan |

Capital markets lawyer Johneth Chongseo Park makes the move from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Australia
Pinsent Masons Hires Disputes Specialist in Australia

By Tom Brennan |

Former King & Spalding Singapore partner Peter Megens is returning home to join the U.K. firm's newly opened Melbourne office.

Hong Kong, Singapore
Akin Gump Adds Energy Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Newly hired Paul Greening, formerly with Vinson & Elkins, will relocate from Hong Kong later this year.

China, Hong Kong
Weil Poaches Freshfield Partner for Shanghai Office

By Tom Brennan |

Charles Ching is relocating from Hong Kong to join the U.S. firm's China practice.

Australia
ACC Australia (ACLA) Debuts Down Under

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

The Association of Corporate Counsel is solidifying its plans to joins forces with the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association by creating a singular resource for in-house counsel in the country.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Recruits Longtime Clayton Utz Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Michael Tuckfield joins his new firm's infrastructure and major projects practice in Melbourne.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco

India
Uber Hires First Head of Legal for India

By Tom Brennan |

The taxi-hailing service has tapped Mohit Abraham of Khaitan & Co., the firm currently defending Uber against a ban in Delhi.

Scott Gibson, John Weber, Michael Bowen and Marc Wilshaw pose for a photo at the Hardy Bowen offices on June 22, 2015 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images for DLA Piper)

Australia
DLA Piper Brings Aboard Perth's Hardy Bowen

By Tom Brennan |

A 12-lawyer team from the Western Australian corporate boutique will join DLA Piper's current roster of 51 lawyers in Perth on July 1.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta receives the oath of office from Judge Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on June 19, 2015.

India
First Asian-American Judge Sworn in to D.C. Federal District Court

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, who was born in India and arrived in the United States as a young child, was formally sworn in Friday as the first Asian Pacific American on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Australia
Allen & Overy Adds Sydney Partner

By Anna Zhang |

The Magic Circle firm rehires private equity lawyer Jamie Palmer two months after former Australia PE practice head Grant Koch left for DLA Piper.

Tim Xia

China
China IP Practice Moves From Morris Manning to Locke Lord

By Meredith Hobbs |

Tim Tingkang Xia, who headed Morris Manning & Martin's intellectual property and international practices, has left for Locke Lord with another partner, IP litigator Bryan Harrison, and a 12-member IP team made up of an associate, four patent agents and seven staff.

China
Seyfarth Adds China Partner in New York

By Anna Zhang |

Howard Jiang joins from newly merged Locke Lord.

Japan
King & Spalding Raids Ashurst to Open in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

Four Ashurst partners, including three already in Japan and one in Perth, are expected to join the U.S. firm to launch its second office in Asia.

China
Chinese, More Than Americans, See Benefits of US Law Degree

By Anna Zhang |

A tough market for legal services has prompted many U.S. students to drop the idea of going to law school at all. Their Chinese peers, however, think studying in the States is exactly the edge they need to overcome their own employment hurdles.

Australia
Jones Day Poaches HSF's Deputy Senior Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Mark Crean, a former chairman of legacy Freehills and steward of its merger with Herbert Smith, will lead the U.S. firm's Australian M&A practice from Sydney.

Hong Kong
Last Departing Fried Frank Asia Partner Joins K&L Gates

By Tom Brennan |

Hong Kong-based corporate lawyer Carolyn Sng will start at her new firm on Monday.

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan

Hong Kong, Japan
Davis Polk Plans Leadership Change in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

Linklaters Hong Kong partner Jon Gray will relocate to join the firm in Japan, taking over for soon-to-retire Tokyo managing partner Theodore Paradise.

Thailand
Rajah & Tann Boosts Team in Bangkok

By Tom Brennan |

David Gibbons returns to firm life after about four years operating as a solo practitioner in Singapore and New York.

Australia
Gadens Taps Two from K&L Gates

By Tom Brennan |

Jol Rogers and Brihony Boan have joined the Australian firm's corporate and property teams, respectively, in Melbourne.

Japan, Singapore
Withers Launches in Tokyo With MoFo Hires

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. private wealth boutique has hired former Morrison & Foerster tax specialists Chizuko Tomita and Takeo Mizutani to lead its newest office in Asia, while former Singapore partner Eric Roose will serve as head of international corporate tax in Asia.

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Brings on Insolvency Veteran

By Anna Zhang |

Longtime Clayton Utz restructuring partner David Cowling joins the firm in Sydney.

India
BakerHostetler Adds India Partner in New York

By Tom Brennan |

Transactions lawyer Rajiv Khanna makes the move from Seyfarth Shaw.

Australia
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Boosts IP Practice

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian firm has tapped former Griffith Hack principal Kate Hay to work from Melbourne.

China, Hong Kong
Wilson Sonsini Adds China Corporate Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Paul Hastings partner Ouyang Dan will split her time between Beijing and Hong Kong advising capital markets deals.

Singapore, Australia
Clyde & Co Adds Three in Singapore and Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

The British firm has hired from Korea's Lee & Ko, Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson and Australia's Minter Ellison.

Japan
Lander & Rogers Brings Aboard Japan Adviser

By Tom Brennan |

The Australian firm has hired former government minister Andrew Thomson to bolster its Japan practice after a free-trade pact between the two countries came into effect earlier this year.

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Hires Melbourne IP Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Litigation specialist Matthew Swinn has joined the firm from Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Hong Kong
Cadwalader Hong Kong Partner Leaves for Simmons & Simmons

By Tom Brennan |

The departure of U.S. securities lawyer David Neuville follows the arrival of former Latham & Watkins China partner Michael Liu and a six-lawyer capital markets and transactions team at the firm in January.

Hong Kong, India
White & Case Boosts India Practice With New Hire

By Tom Brennan |

Deals specialist Pradyumna Mysoor was most recently with Linklaters in Hong Kong.

Singapore
Sidley Austin Lures White & Case Singapore Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former Indonesia practice head Charlie Wilson has joined Sidley's mergers and acquisitions and private equity group.

China
China's DaHui Hires HSF Disputes Counsel

By Anna Zhang |

International arbitration specialist Arthur Ma joins as a partner in Beijing.

Hong Kong
Dorsey & Whitney Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

High yield bond specialist Joe Sevack joins the firm from Troutman Sanders.

Hong Kong
Dealmaker Spotlight: Latham & Watkins’ Cathy Yeung

By Anna Zhang |

So far in 2015, Yeung has already advised the largest three IPOs and the largest follow-on offer in Hong Kong

Nadia Soraya

Indonesia
Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Another Projects Partner in Jakarta

By Anna Zhang |

Second White & Case former Indonesian associate firm partner Nadia Soraya found home.

China
China's Broad & Bright Hires Siemens In-house Counsel

By Anna Zhang |

Libin Zhang returns to the firm two years after leaving it to head the German company's Asia in-house M&A team.

Mita Djajadiredja

Indonesia
Baker & McKenzie Jakarta Member Firm Adds Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Mita Djajadiredja returns to Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners two year after leaving to form an association with White & Case.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Hires Sydney Corporate Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Rowan McDonald most recently spent 12 years as a partner at K&L Gates and Australian legacy firm Middletons.

Australia
HSF Hires Energy Partner in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Graeme Gamble makes the move from Ashurst, making partner for the first time in his career.

Hong Kong
Eversheds Adds Senior Hong Kong Disputes Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Barclays Middle East legal head Muna Dandan has relocated from Dubai to lead the U.K. firm's financial services disputes and investigations practice in Asia.

Hong Kong
Howse Williams Bowers Boosts Disputes Practice

By Tom Brennan |

The Hong Kong firm has acquired a shipping, international trade and insurance practice by recruiting former Eversheds partner William Leung.

Sunrise at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar
Baker & McKenzie Adds Tax Capability in Yangon

By Tom Brennan |

The Chicago-based firm has recruited new partner Ola Nicolai Borge from another professional services firm that got its start in the Windy City, accounting giant Grant Thornton.

The Churn

Japan, Spain, United Kingdom, Dubai, United States
On the Move

By Brian Baxter |

Lateral hires in the United Kingdom, Spain, Dubai and Japan, as well as around the United States.

Vietnam
From Saigon to Big Law and Back Again

By Brian Baxter |

On the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, The Am Law Daily catches up with several Vietnamese American lawyers to discuss the journey from refugee to Big Law.

Singapore
Head of Clyde's Singapore Partner Firm Leaving for Nabarro

By Anna Zhang |

Steven Lim will lead the construction-focused firm's city-state office; Clyde & Co says its Singaporean joint law venture is still intact.

The Churn

China, Hong Kong, India, Japan
McKenna Long Tax Chief Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The head of McKenna Long & Aldridge's national tax group leaves ahead of a merger with global legal giant Dentons; Arnold & Porter and Cozen O'Connor both make bulk hires from smaller firms; a Jones Day bankruptcy baron returns; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Hong Kong
Mayer Brown JSM Adds Capital Markets Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Thomas Kollar joins the firm's Hong Kong office from Clifford Chance.

Singapore
King & Spalding Hires Projects Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Simon Cowled was most recently a counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Australia
DLA Piper Poaches A&O's Australian Private Equity Head

By Tom Brennan |

Grant Koch, who worked five years at Allen & Overy, will hold the same title at his new firm.

Hong Kong
Paul Hastings Takes Two Fried Frank Hong Kong Partners

By Tom Brennan |

Private equity lawyers Douglas Freeman and Victor Chen are moving over, leaving two senior lawyers at Fried Frank's soon-to-close Asia offices.

Singapore
Bird & Bird Boosts Corporate Team in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Clean energy specialist Ken Cheung has left Berwin Leighton Paisner to join the rival U.K. firm as a partner.

Norton Rose Fulbright's new team in Hong Kong: Associate Muriel Cheng, Senior Consultant Philip Nunn, Partner Alfred Wu, Associate Anita Fong and Associate Kevin Hong

Hong Kong
Norton Rose Hong Kong Hires 5-Lawyer Team From Fried Frank

By Tom Brennan |

Three months after Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson announced it was pulling out of Asia, the firm's disputes practice in Hong Kong, led by former partner Alfred Wu, has found a new home.

Japan
Life After Bingham for Hideyuki Sakai

By Tom Brennan |

The former Bingham McCutchen Tokyo managing partner discusses his move to Anderson Mori & Tomotsune and why he didn't follow his former colleagues to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Japan
Orrick Adds Senior Japan Partner in New York

By Tom Brennan |

Former Skadden counsel Hiroshi Sarumida will oversee the firm's Japan-related transactions practice in the U.S.

Kevin Stewart, Lavan Legal

Australia
Minter Ellison Hires Disputes Head in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Kevin Stewart joins from Western Australian firm Lavan Legal and will oversee the office's two-partner disputes team.

China
Sidley Austin Adds Shanghai Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Wenseng Pan was most recently a counsel at O’Melveny & Myers advising on mergers and acquisitions.

Hong Kong
Dear PR Professional

By Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief |

How to work better with American Lawyer journalists.

Ashurst global pro bono head Sarah Morton-Ramwell

Australia
Ashurst Names New Global Pro Bono Head

By Tom Brennan |

Former Reed Smith London-based lawyer Sarah Morton-Ramwell will lead the practice from Sydney.

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Steals DLA's Global Mining Head

By Anna Zhang |

Perth partner Robert Edel will join the firm in June.

Singapore
Baker & McKenzie Recruits Stamford Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Min-tze Lean was most recently a director at the former Stamford Law Corp.

China
King & Wood Mallesons Hires JPMorgan Chase China Head

By Anna Zhang |

New partner Shao Zili will co-lead the firm's China practice from Beijing.

Australia
Norton Rose Hires Melbourne Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Insurance disputes specialist Mark Attard joins from Australian firm CBP Lawyers.

Indonesia
Norton Rose Boosts Jakarta Team

By Tom Brennan |

Projects partner Benny Bernarto joins from Indonesian firm Makarim & Taira S.

Singapore
Rajah & Tann Scores Senior Counsel From Stamford Law

By Anna Zhang |

International arbitration specialist Tan Chuan Thye joins the Singaporean firm as a partner.

China, Hong Kong
Freshfields Lifts Second Linklaters Partner in Three Weeks

By Anna Zhang |

Former Linklaters partner Thomas Ng is relocating from Beijing to join Freshfields three weeks after former Hong Kong partner David Ludwick made his own move to the rival Magic Circle firm.

Hong Kong
White & Case Hires Hong Kong Private Equity Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Linklaters counsel Kyungseok Kim is the second PE partner to join White & Case from the Magic Circle firm's Hong Kong office this year.

Hong Kong, Singapore
White & Case Taps New York Partner to Lead Asia

By Tom Brennan |

Global banking practice leader Eric Berg has come east to take on the newly created role of Asia practice head.

Australia
Bird & Bird Adds IP Partner in Australia

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm has hired away K&L Gates' former head of intellectual property in Sydney.

Singapore
HSF’s Southeast Asia Energy Head Leaves for King & Spalding

By Anna Zhang |

Richard Nelson is among a spate of departures from Herbert Smith Freehills’ Asia offices in recent months.

Hong Kong
Weil Brings on PE Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Tim Gardner has left Latham & Watkins after nearly nine years to join U.S. rival Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Hong Kong
Berwin Leighton Paisner Adds Hong Kong Arbitration Practice

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm has acquired seven-lawyer Hong Kong firm Haley & Co, bolstering its disputes, construction and major projects teams in Asia.

China
Miller Canfield Takes China Lawyer From Hogan Lovells

By Anna Zhang |

Insurance specialist Anna Elshafei has joined the Detroit-based firm in Shanghai.

Hong Kong
King & Wood Mallesons Taps Longtime HSF Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Gary Lock, a 15-year veteran of Herbert Smith Freehills and one of its top capital markets partners in Asia, has joined King & Wood's corporate and securities team.

Hong Kong
Jones Day Hires Funds Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Scott Peterman makes the jump from Sidley Austin.

Singapore
Reed Smith Nabs DLA's Asia Restructuring Head

By Tom Brennan |

Troy Doyle has joined the firm's commercial restructuring and bankruptcy group in Singapore.

Tom Daschle.

Taiwan
Daschle to Register With DOJ as Lobbyist for Foreign Client

By Katelyn Polantz |

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, now at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, said he will register with the federal government as a lobbyist for the first time in his career. Daschle will work on behalf of Taiwan.

Malaysia, Thailand
ZICOlaw Launches IP Practice in Thailand

By Tom Brennan |

The Kuala Lumpur-based firm has brought aboard two new partners from rival Tilleke & Gibbins, in addition to bolstering its intellectual property team in Malaysia.

The Churn

China, Hong Kong, Australia, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Dubai, Canada
Musical Chairs at McKenna Long, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

McKenna Long & Aldridge, poised to vote Monday on a union with Dentons, saw two new partners depart due to conflicts; Morgan Lewis lures eight partners in Dallas ahead of another merger in Singapore; Winston & Strawn poaches 10 more partners from Pillsbury; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

China
Jones Day Hires NDRC Official in Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

Xue Qiang will bring the firm an insider’s view of the all-important National Development and Reform Commission, one of the most important regulators in China.

Hong Kong
Freshfields Poaches Linklaters Asia U.S. Practice Leader

By Anna Zhang |

The arrival of capital markets specialist David Ludwick will create a four-partner team advising on U.S. law matters at the Magic Circle rival.

Singapore
Singapore's Virtus Law Adds Disputes Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Shook Lin & Bok partner Terence Seah has moved to Stephenson Harwood's Formal Law Alliance partner firm.

South Korea
Bae, Kim & Lee Adds Two Partners in Seoul

By Tom Brennan |

The Korean firm has brought aboard former senior judge Jung Il Moon and former prosecutor Jung Ho Lee.

China
Shearman Takes Kirkland China M&A Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Stephanie Tang specializes in delisting Chinese companies from U.S. exchanges.

Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Sydney Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Emanuel Confos was most recently head of the construction practice at Gilbert + Tobin.

Singapore
Dechert Hires Arbitration Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Mark Mangan had spent 10 years with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, most recently as counsel, before joining the Philadelphia-based firm.

Hong Kong
O’Melveny Taps Arbitration Partner to Lead in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

In what looks like a push for the firm’s Asia disputes practice, Friven Yeoh has been tapped for managing partner following the hire of two senior litigation lawyers for the office since last fall.

Christopher Reynolds

Japan
Toyota Creates New Global GC and CLO Role

By Sue Reisinger |

Toyota Motor Corp. has promoted Christopher Reynolds, previously general counsel of its U.S. subsidiary, to general counsel and chief legal officer for the global corporation.

Australia
Jones Day Hires Away Ashurst Partner in Perth

By Anna Zhang |

Infrastructure specialist Paul Riethmuller is the third partner to join the office since it opened nearly a year ago.

Hong Kong
O'Melveny Taps U.S. Federal Prosecutor for APAC Matters

By Tom Brennan |

New partner Ronald Cheng will work from Hong Kong and Los Angeles as a part of the firm's white collar defense and corporate investigations group.

China, Hong Kong
Hogan Lovells Poaches Mayer Brown IP Trio

By Anna Zhang |

Former Mayer Brown JSM partner Alan Chiu, associate Eugene Low and senior consultant Kenny Wong have joined the firm a year after Hogan Lovells partner Gabriela Kennedy defected to lead Mayer Brown's intellectual property practice in Asia.

Hong Kong
Norton Rose Fulbright Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former K&L Gates partner David Johnson will lead the firm's U.S. securities team in Asia.

Baker & McKenzie's Chairman Eduardo de Cerqueira Leite

The Toughest Job in Big Law?

By Douglas McCollam |

Long-haul flights. Time zone shifts. Calls and emails around the clock. When did the job of managing partner become so grueling?

Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright Hires in Perth

By Anna Zhang |

Real estate partner Andrea Rezos is joining from Ashurst.

Singapore
Mayer Brown JSM Recruits Veteran Tax Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Singapore-based Pieter de Ridder joins after spending 20 years with Dutch firm Loyens & Loeff.

Hong Kong
Kobre & Kim Hires in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

The litigation firm has brought aboard former O’Melveny & Myers counsel Vasu Muthyala, who has relocated from Washington, D.C.

Australia
Clayton Utz Rehires Former Real Estate Practice Head

By Tom Brennan |

David Wilkie was one of 15 of the firm's partners to leave for Allen & Overy when it opened its first Australian offices in 2010.

Japan
In-house in Japan Seen as Underqualified 'Black Sheep'

Corporations in Japan need to better manage their risks and reputations, but there are few in-house lawyers in the country, and many are not qualified.

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Adding Partner in Brisbane

By Tom Brennan |

Tax specialist Katrina Parkyn is moving over from Allens.

Australia
K&L Gates Boosts Finance Practice in Sydney

By Tom Brennan |

Jason Opperman is joining the U.S. firm after spending much of his career at Henry Davis York.

China, Hong Kong
Bird & Bird Loses Four-Lawyer China IP Team

By Anna Zhang |

Former partner Ai-Leen Lim has left to launch new offices in Beijing and Hong Kong for Swedish intellectual property consultancy Awapatent A.B.