Asian People

Australia
Lavan Legal Adds a Corporate Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Norton Rose Fulbright senior partner Derek La Ferla joins the Western Australian firm starting next week.

Australia
Baker & McKenzie Adds Melbourne Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Arthur Apos has resigned from Ashurst after more than 20 years at the firm and legacy Blake Dawson.

Hong Kong
Milbank Taps Another A&O Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

David Kuo will strengthen the U.S. firm’s private equity and high-yield bond capabilities in China.

China
Sidley Austin Poaches Wilson Sonsini's Beijing Head

By Anna Zhang |

Capital markets partner Kefei Li has advised Chinese companies on IPOs in Hong Kong and the United States.

Hong Kong
White & Case Recruits Linklaters Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Peggy Wang is expected to join the U.S. firm’s corporate practice in April.

Singapore
DLA Piper Adds Three Partners in Singapore Hiring Push

By Tom Brennan |

Former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner John Viverito will be the firm's new managing partner in the city-state, while former Jones Day partner Joseph Bauerschmidt is now the head of Southeast Asia capital markets. Former Gibson Dunn of counsel Myles Hankin is also making the move.

Australia
Baker & McKenzie Hires in Brisbane

By Anna Zhang |

Aleisa Crepin is the first partner to join the firm’s newest Australian office since opened last July.

China
Fenwick & West Recruits Shanghai Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former Kaye Scholer partner Niping Wu has made her fourth lateral move in six years.

Singapore
Gibson Dunn Adds New Singapore Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Robson Lee is moving over after 20 years at local outfit Shook Lin & Bok.

Hong Kong
Latham Hires From Freshfields in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

The Los Angeles-based firm brings on partner William Woo following the loss of a seven-lawyer corporate team.

China
Zhong Lun Poaches Two From Rival Fangda

By Anna Zhang |

Private equity lawyers Victor Yu and Jack Qiao join the firm in Beijing.

Vietnam, France
Hogan Lovells Hires in Ho Chi Minh City

By Tom Brennan |

Former Gide Loyrette Nouel Vietnam practice head Samantha Campbell will take on the same role at the Anglo-American firm starting in March.

Singapore
Reed Smith Launches Corporate Practice in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

The Anglo-American firm has hired former Stephenson Harwood partner and head of the U.K. firm's Southeast Asia corporate group Matthew Gorman.

China
Bird & Bird Adds China Competition Practice With Partner Hire

By Anna Zhang |

Former Taylor Wessing counsel Zhaofeng Zhou joins the firm in Beijing as intellectual property related antitrust enforcement increases.

China, Hong Kong
Cadwalader Recruits Seven Latham Lawyers in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Three partners and four counsel led by former Latham China practice co-head Michael Liu have defected to the New York-based firm.

China, India, Singapore
Singapore’s RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Adds Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Indian national Yang Yen Thaw will advise on private equity investments and mergers and acquisitions for the city-state affiliate of Anglo-German firm Taylor Wessing.

China
King & Spalding Hires China-Qualified Lawyer in New York

By Tom Brennan |

Ye Cecilia Hong makes the jump from Kirkland & Ellis and previously worked for the now-defunct Coudert Brothers in Beijing.

China
Covington Hires IP Litigation Partner in Beijing

By Anna Zhang |

Joining from Jun He, Ran Ruixue is a leading practitioner representing Chinese companies in ITC claims.

China
China's Gaopeng Hires Microsoft Litigation Counsel

By Anna Zhang |

Antitrust specialist Ron Xie has joined the Beijing-based firm as a senior partner.

Hong Kong
Last Bingham Hong Kong Partner Joins Mayer Brown JSM

By Anna Zhang |

Vincent Sum’s departure means Morgan Lewis has not acquired any Bingham partners in Hong Kong despite the merger.

Hong Kong
Ropes & Gray Recruits Real Estate Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Ed Sheremeta was previously a partner at DLA Piper.

Japan
Norton Rose Adds M&A Partner in Tokyo

By Tom Brennan |

U.S.-qualified Eiji Kobayashi joins from Big Four Japanese firm Nishimura & Asahi.

Singapore
Gibson Dunn Hires in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Jamie Thomas joins the Los-Angeles firm’s finance team as a partner from White & Case.

Singapore
Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson Adds Arbitration Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Former Bryan Cave office head Iain Sharp moves over.

Japan
Greenberg Traurig Raids Rivals to Launch in Japan

By Tom Brennan |

The U.S. firm has opened its third Asian office in Tokyo by recruiting partners from DLA Piper and White & Case.

Chinese citizens wear black hoods in a performance art campaign to protest the government's mistreatment of fellow lawyer Wang Shengsheng in northern Heilongjiang province. One of the photos uploaded sarcastically reads:

China
The Way Forward

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

A new generation of human rights defenders steps up in China.

India
Former AZB & Partners CEO Launches New Firm

By Tom Brennan |

Abhijit Joshi has established Mumbai-based Veritus Legal and fellow former AZB corporate partner Nandish Vyas will join him late next month.

Singapore
Bird & Bird Hires Singapore Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Employment lawyers Seow Hui Goh has joined the British outfit's Singapore association firm.

Australia
Minter Ellison Recruits Tax Team from Maddocks

By Tom Brennan |

Partners Carmen McElwain, Peter Poulos and Chris Kinsella have been hired to bolster the Australian firm's disputes and risk management practices.

Australia
Lawyer Dies in Sydney Siege

By Nathalie Pierrepont |

Katrina Dawson, an Australian barrister, was one of two killed Monday during the siege of the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney.

Hong Kong, Singapore
Kennedys Hires Seven-Lawyer Aviation Team in Asia

By Tom Brennan |

Months after former Kennedys Singapore aviation partner David Johnston defected with a group of lawyers to Clyde & Co, Kennedys has recruited a similar team from Clyde in the city-state.

China, Hong Kong
The Global Lawyer: A Salute to Hong Kong's Occupy Central

By Michael Goldhaber |

Hong Kong's students did themselves proud—and so did its barristers.

The Churn

Singapore, France, Germany, United Kingdom
Gibson Dunn, Kirkland Trade Blows; Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher grabbed a senior debt finance partner from Kirkland & Ellis in London, as the latter snatches Winston & Strawn’s litigation chair in Chicago; Jones Day beefs up in Miami; Sidley Austin snags six from Loeb & Loeb; a half-dozen lawyers leave firms for in-house jobs and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

India
AZB Hires New Mumbai Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Rishi Gautam is returning to India after six years in London working for Clifford Chance and a U.K. subsidiary of e-commerce giant Amazon.com.

Singapore
Hogan Lovells Adds Singapore M&A Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Linklaters senior associate Mark Cooper will join in February.

Singapore
Clifford Chance Transfers Projects Co-Head to Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Paris partner Nicholas Wong moves to the city-state early next month in response to increasing projects work in the Asia Pacific region.

The Churn

Australia, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada
Skadden Adds Top French Dealmaker, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A leading French M&A lawyer heads to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Paris; King & Spalding brings back a former partner and sees its M&A cohead head to the NFL; Squire Patton Boggs makes it rain Down Under and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Hong Kong
Jardine Matheson Taps Another Linklaters Partner for GC Role

By Anna Zhang |

London-based corporate partner Jeremy Parr will be the third Linklaters lawyer out of four general counsel to serve at the Hong Kong conglomerate since 1997.

Australia
Squire Patton Adds Insolvency Litigator in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

Amanda Banton has brought successful class actions against Lehman Brother and Standard & Poors.

Australia
ACC Makes an In-house Connection Down Under

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

The Australian Corporate Lawyers Association is joining the Association of Corporate Counsel's international membership.

The Churn

Japan, Singapore, Australia, France, Sweden, United Kingdom, Dubai
Three Kirkland Partners Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A trio of partners from Kirkland & Ellis and Edwards Wildman Palmer sets up shop in new locales; three more firms hire Bingham McCutchen refugees; Chadbourne & Parke adds a former U.S. ambassador; Skadden brings back a top federal regulator; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Japan
Jones Day Recruits From MoFo in Tokyo

By Anna Zhang |

Shogo Asaji handles IP litigation in Japan and the United States.

Australia
DLA Piper Adds Property Partners in Australia

By Anna Zhang |

Eagul Faigen and Tim Mathers will respectively join in Perth and Brisbane in February next year.

China
Tech Boutique Han Kun Hires Antitrust Partner

By Anna Zhang |

The addition of former Fangda partner Ma Chen is part of a larger effort by Chinese law firms to push into the competition space as the country's regulators boost enforcement actions.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Adds Restructuring Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former Minter Ellison partner David O'Farrell joins the firm in Brisbane.

China
Stephenson Harwood Hires Energy Partner in Beijing

By Tom Brennan |

Former Clyde & Co partner Lynia Lau is the first lawyer to staff the office since legal director James Zhang left early this year.

Drew & Napier partner Davinder Singh, who picked up the award for best disputes lawyer in the region

Brunei, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam
The Asian Lawyer Emerging Market Awards

By Nick Ferguson |

Many of Asia's leading legal practitioners gathered at the Fullerton hotel in Singapore on Nov. 19 to join The Asian Lawyer in celebrating the best transactions and recognising the best lawyers in the region as part of our inaugural Emerging Markets Awards. Here's a rundown of the winners and the reasons why they were chosen.

Australia
Australian Firm Clayton Utz Loses Three Partners

By Tom Brennan |

Sydney partners John Elliott and David Stammers are headed to Norton Rose Fulbright and Ashurst, respectively, while Perth partner Kevin O’Sullivan declined to comment on his next role.

Australia
HSF Hires Competition Partner in Sydney

By Tom Brennan |

Liza Carver was previously a partner at Ashurst.

Andrew Levander (L), David Bernick (R)

Japan
Dechert's Lateral Hires Take Lead for Troubled Takata

By Brian Baxter |

The embattled Japanese auto parts company has retained a high-powered defense team from Dechert to handle a criminal probe, congressional inquiry and class action litigation related to a growing scandal into defective airbags.

China
Report: CNOOC Severs Baker & McKenzie Ties

By MP McQueen |

The Wall Street Journal reports that CNOOC, China's state-owned oil and gas giant, cut its ties to Baker & McKenzie because of alleged conflicts of interest between an in-house lawyer and her husband, the firm's chief representative in Beijing.

China
Orrick Recruits IP Specialist from Corning in Shanghai

By Tom Brennan |

Yufeng Ma had been the director of intellectual property in Asia for the U.S. specialty glass maker.

China, Singapore
Ashurst Adds Beijing Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Former Clifford Chance counsel Chin Chuan Chen is relocating from Singapore to join the Silver Circle firm.

South Korea
Ropes & Gray Hires in Seoul

By Tom Brennan |

Corporate partner Hyo Young Kang makes the move from Linklaters.

Hong Kong
Simmons & Simmons Adds Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

The U.K. firm has recruited former Edwards Wildman Palmer Hong Kong managing partner Martin Lister to join its insurance team.

Australia
KWM Poaches Indie Australian Firm Managing Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Sharon Cook is leaving Henry Davis York and will join King & Wood Mallesons in February as managing partner for clients relations.

Chinese citizens wear black hoods in a performance art campaign to protest the government's mistreatment of fellow lawyer Wang Shengsheng in northern Heilongjiang province. One of the photos uploaded sarcastically reads:

China
The Global Lawyer: Two Paths to Real Rule of Law in China

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Eschewing martyrdom, a rising generation of Chinese rights lawyers finds its voice.

Singapore
Clyde & Co Adds Singapore Marine Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Colin Ng & Partners shipping practice head Gerald Yee joined.

The Churn

France, United Kingdom, Mexico, United States
Covington Nabs MoFo Financial Services Pro, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Covington & Burling picks up a leading consumer financial services lawyer from Morrison & Foerster, a firm that recently saw a technology transactions partner join the NBA; Gibson Dunn makes a government hire after election season; two more firms raid Bingham; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Hong Kong
Debevoise Recruits HSF Asia Managing Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Disputes lawyer Mark Johnson will retire to join the New York firm in Hong Kong.

India
Khaitan & Co. Hire Two Mumbai Partners

By Anna Zhang |

Former Amarchand partner Abhimanyu Bhattacharya and Bombay High Court counsel Hormaz Daruwalla both joined.

Singapore
Jones Day Poaches Nabarro Singapore Head

By Anna Zhang |

Emerson Holmes is a disputes lawyer specializing in construction and infrastructure projects.

Australia
King & Wood Mallesons Adds Brisbane Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Jamie Wells moves from Allens, where he was head of national workplace and employee relations.

China
The Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Litigation Daily |

In the decade since The American Lawyer first profiled human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, the Chinese state set out to break his body and spirit. It only half succeeded.

Japan, Australia
HSF Taps Two Corporate Partners From Ashurst

By Tom Brennan |

Damian Roberts and Ian Williams will be based in Tokyo and Brisbane, respectively.

Australia
Perth Firm Lavan Legal Adds Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Employment lawyer Charmaine Tsang joins from fellow Australian firm Rockwell Olivier.

China
DaHui Hires Shanghai Partner From Skadden

By Anna Zhang |

Lincoln Zhao is an M&A specialist and also the author of a tell-all book about the uber-rich in Beijing.

Australia
Norton Rose Fulbright Brings on Brisbane Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Dale Rayner previously worked as a special counsel at Clifford Chance in Sydney.

David Buxbaum at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China

China
Court Removes Attorney Who Will Be Called as Witness

By Ben Bedell |

Running afoul of the advocate-witness rule, an American lawyer based in China lost his bid to remain as counsel in a case that his China-based firm brought against a former client for unpaid fees.

Singapore
Clayton Utz Recruits Property Partner in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Former Herbert Smith Freehills partner Simon Taskunas is relocating from Singapore.

Australia
Squire Patton Adds Construction Partner in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Brendan Reilly was most recently at Western Australian firm Allion Legal.

The Churn

China, Japan, Australia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Willkie Adds Another Ex-Kirkland Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter and Wenxiong Zhang |

Eight months after leaving Kirkland & Ellis for McDermott Will & Emery, private equity partner Leonard Klingbaum is on the move again; Greenberg Traurig hires a former California Senate leader; Weil, Gotshal & Manges adds a high-yield partner in London and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Australia
Baker & McKenzie Hires M&A Veteran in Melbourne

By Tom Brennan |

The U.S. firm has tapped Corrs Chambers Westgarth senior partner Peter Ickeringill to join its Australian team.

South Korea
Bae, Kim & Lee Hires Two Partners From Kim & Chang

By Anna Zhang |

Wook Rae Lee and Young Hoon Park have joined the Seoul-based firm's employment practice.

Japan
HSF's Tokyo Corporate Head Leaves for MoFo

By Tom Brennan |

James Robinson is moving over to the San Francisco-based Morrison & Foerster after 15 years with Herbert Smith Freehills.

Singapore
Baker & McKenzie Adds a Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Chen Yih Pong was formerly a capital markets partner at WongPartnership.

Singapore
Hogan Lovells Hires Energy Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Alex Cull makes the move after seven years with Norton Rose Fulbright.

Hong Kong
Kirkland Recruits Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Private equity lawyer Gary Li is joining the office from rival Ropes & Gray.

Vietnam
Hogan Lovells Hires First Vietnam-Based Partner

By Tom Brennan |

The Anglo-American firm has recruited Allen & Overy's Jeff Olson to work from Ho Chi Minh City.

Hong Kong
Ashurst Hires Again in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Regulatory partner Ben Hammond joins from Slaughter and May's London office.

Australia
Johnson Winter & Slattery Adds Partners in Melbourne

By Tom Brennan |

Both Reynah Tang and Stewart Grieve had both worked more than 20 years at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Japan
Sidley Adds Asia-Focused Litigation Partner

By Patience Haggin |

Scott Nonaka joins the firm's San Francisco office from O'Melveny & Myers.

Singapore
Baker & McKenzie Adds Arbitration Partner in Singapore

By Tom Brennan |

Nandakumar Ponniya joins the Chicago-based firm after five years with White & Case.

China
Bird & Bird Recruits from DLA Piper in Shanghai

By Anna Zhang |

Ying Wang has joined the U.K. firm's employment practice.

Australia
Clayton Utz Adds Employment Partner in Canberra

By Tom Brennan |

Jennifer Wyborn was formerly a partner at Meyer Vandenberg.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Taps Two Partners From Sparke Helmore

By Tom Brennan |

Dianne Hollyoak and Alan Girle join the firm's employment practice in Brisbane.

Australia
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Recruits in Perth

By Tom Brennan |

Rebecca Field joins the Australian firm's banking and property finance group from Ashurst.

China
Haynes and Boone Hires in Shanghai

By Tom Brennan |

The Dallas-based firm has recruited Louis Meng from Allbright Law Offices to cohead its Asia practice.

Australia
K&L Gates Adds Banking Partner in Sydney

By Tom Brennan |

Tom Lennox has moved over after a year with Squire Patton Boggs.

Australia
HWL Ebsworth Hires in Adelaide

By Tom Brennan |

Former Finlaysons associate Peter Staniszewski has joined the Australian firm's banking and finance group.

Hong Kong
Two More Bingham Hong Kong Partners Move to Akin Gump

By Tom Brennan |

Mark Fucci and Anne-Marie Godfrey are joining Charles Rogers, Naomi Moore and Matthew Puhar as part of the firm's raid of Bingham’s London, Frankfurt and Hong Kong offices.

China
Broad & Bright Hires in Shanghai, Plans Tokyo, L.A. Launch

By Anna Zhang |

Peter Neumann, former Shanghai managing partner for Miami's Greenberg Traurig, will join the Chinese firm next week.

Hong Kong
Akin Gump Takes Another Bingham Hong Kong Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Matthew Puhar will join fellow partners Charles Rogers and Naomi Moore on their move to Akin Gump, following its raid of Bingham’s London, Frankfurt and Hong Kong offices last week.

Hong Kong
Norton Rose Fulbright Hires Hong Kong Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Shipping finance lawyer Jonathan Silver returns to the firm after spending a year at local outfit Howse Williams Bowers.

India, Singapore
DLA Piper's India Co-Head Leaves for Squire Patton

By Anna Zhang |

Former Singapore-based corporate partner Biswajit Chatterjee, the second DLA Piper partner to leave the firm this week, will now co-lead the India practice at Squire Patton Boggs.

India
Steptoe Lawyer Nominated as U.S. Ambassador to India

By Katelyn Polantz |

The White House has nominated Richard Verma, a Washington, D.C.-based senior counselor at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, as the next U.S. ambassador to India.

Hong Kong
Berwin Leighton Paisner Taps DLA's Asia Pacific Head

By Tom Brennan |

Hong Kong-based Bob Charlton will join the U.K. firm next month after two years overseeing the region for DLA Piper.

business men in London

Hong Kong
Akin Gets Two Hong Kong Partners in Bingham Raid

By Julie Triedman and Brian Baxter |

Corporate partner Charles Rogers and restructuring partner Naomi Moore are moving over as part of Akin's en masse recruitment of most of Bingham's London and Frankfurt offices.

Singapore
Singapore’s Virtus Law Adds New Partner

By Anna Zhang |

The associate firm of Stephenson Harwood has recruited corporate partner Douglas Koh from Colin Ng & Partners.

Hong Kong
Ropes & Gray Recruits U.S. Federal Prosecutor for Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Patrick Sinclair joins the Boston-based firm from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he was the deputy chief of the general crimes section.