Asian People

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.

Hong Kong
DLA Piper Adds Another Partner to Asia Corporate Team

By Tom Brennan |

Melody He-Chen joins in Hong Kong after three years at Morrison & Foerster.

Hong Kong, South Korea
Mayer Brown JSM Brings on Real Estate Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Kwon Lee has joined the firm's Asia outbound real estate transactions team and will relocate to New York after spending most of the year in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong
Bird & Bird Expands Hong Kong Corporate Offering

By Anna Zhang |

Capital markets partner Wing On Chui joins from King & Wood Mallesons.

Australia
Minter Ellison Hires Senior Insurance Partner

By Tom Brennan |

Onetime DLA Piper Hong Kong partner Will Harrison has been tapped to grow the Australian firm's insurance practice in Asia.

China
China's Jun He Adds Shanghai Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Paul Hastings employment of counsel Gordon Feng moves over.

John Attanasio

China, France
Former Law Dean in Prostitution Arrest, Plus the Name Game in China and France

By Vivia Chen |

Another leading academic faces a sex scandal; Norton Rose's Chinese doppleganger; why you're unlikely to meet a Frenchwoman named Nutella.

Hong Kong
Ropes & Gray Adds Hong Kong Investigations Partner

By Anna Zhang |

Hong Kong-qualified Andrew Dale joins from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Hong Kong
K&L Gates Hires Funds Partner in Hong Kong

By Tom Brennan |

Michael Wong was most recently a counsel at Allen & Overy.

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.