Legal Move Updates (April – June 2020)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list.

June 2020

26 June – Clayton Utz (Brisbane, Australia)

Baker McKenzie nabs Kirkland partner in 3rd Hong Kong hire in 2 weeks. Derek Poon advises on private equity transactions.

27 May – Trilegal (Mumbai, India)

Indian law firm Trilegal has boosted its corporate practice with the hire of Cryil Amarchand Mangaldas partners Shruti Rajan and Garima Joshi in Mumbai. Both specialise in financial regulation.

26 May – Baker McKenzie (Hong Kong, China)

Baker McKenzie bolsters Hong Kong with TMT lawyer hire. Lex Kuo specializes in media and entertainment work.

26 May – HKIAC (Hong Kong, China)

The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) has appointed past president of the International Bar Association David W Rivkin and former secretary of justice for Hong Kong Rimsky Yuen SC as its new co-chairs.

26 May – Atlas Asia Law Corporation (Singapore, Singapore)

Atlas Asia Law Corporation, the EY network’s Singapore member firm, has recruited Benjamin Szeto as director and head of its wealth management practice from RHTLawTaylor Wessing, where he was deputy head of that practice.

25 May – Baker McKenzie (Sydney, Australia)

Baker McKenzie has hired a Sydney-based intellectual property and technology partner from Norton Rose Fulbright.

25 May – Link Legal (Delhi, India)

Link Legal India Law Services (LLILS) has boosted its corporate strength in Delhi with the addition of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM) counsel Namita Das.

20 May – V&T Law Firm (China)

V&T Law Firm has recently hired fourteen partners in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Hangzhou. In one press release, the firm says the new hires would further boost its partner team with more young talent.

19 May – Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (Delhi, India)

Indian law firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas has appointed Jaideep Ghosh as its new chief operating officer, succeeding Jennifer Milford. Ghosh, who was most recently at KPMG, has more than two decades of experience, mainly in consulting businesses. He will be based in Delhi.

19 May – Clifford Chance (Singapore, Singapore)

Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance has recruited restructuring specialist Shaun Langhorne as a partner in the firm’s Singapore office from Hogan Lovells. Langhorne is the second partner to leave Hogan Lovells’ Singapore office in a matter of weeks, after M&A lawyer Mark Cooper moved to Latham & Watkins. (from

18 May – Ashurst (Hong Kong, China)

Ashurst has appointed Hong Kong partner Jini Lee as the firm’s new regional head of Asia, the second woman to lead the firm’s Asia practice. Lee took over from predecessor and Beijing partner Patrick Phua on May 1. Phua continues his role as managing partner of the Beijing office. Former partner Lina Lee headed the region before leaving the firm in 2016. (from

18 May – Ashurst (Singapore, Singapore)

Financial services regulatory partner Evan Lam joins in Singapore from local firm Allen & Gledhill, where he was a partner. Lam advises banks, fund managers, and brokerage houses on Singapore financial regulations; he specializes in advising on over-the-counter derivatives.

17 May – Baker McKenzie (Hong Kong, China)Baker McKenzie has hired a partner, Kenneth Ching,  in Hong Kong specializing in leveraged finance from Shearman & Sterling. (from

15 May – Herbert Smith Freehills (Sydney, Australia)Herbert Smith Freehills has bolstered the bench strength of its market-leading global Financial Services Regulatory practice with the addition of new partner Charlotte Henry. (from

13 May – Atlas Asia Law Corporation (Singapore, Singapore)Atlas Asia Law Corporation, a member firm of EY network, has added Emily Low as a director from fintech company Liquid Group, where she was General Counsel. (from

13 May – Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (Delhi, India)Alina Arora, who had resigned from L&L Partners in late November 2019, has now joined Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Bar & Bench has first reported. (from

12 May – DWF (Melbourne, Australia)

Global law firm DWF has hired employment partner George Haros and a team of six lawyers from local firm Macpherson Kelley, its second recent team hire from the firm. (from

8 May – RPC Premier Law (Singapore, Singapore)

RPC Premier Law, RPC’s joint law venture in Singapore, has strengthened hired partners Boey Swee Siang, Navin Joseph Lobo and Lin Yuankai from Bird & Bird ATMD. (from

8 May – AnJie Law Firm (Shanghai, China)AnJie Law Firm recently welcomed Zhao Xu to join its Shanghai office as a partner. Zhao specializes in patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. She joined AnJie from Chen & Co Law Firm, where she was senior counsel, and has been engaged in intellectual property research, teaching and practice since 2008.  (from

8 May – Resource Law (Singapore, Singapore)

Resource Law, Reed Smith’s formal law alliance in Singapore, has added corporate expert Johnny Lim as a director from Shook Lin & Bok, where he was a partner. Lim’s hire is the second director-level lateral in the past few months, after Collin Seah in December who was from Quahe Woo & Palmer. (from

8 May – Link Legal (Mumbai, India)

Indian law firm Link Legal has appointed M&A specialist Vijay Sureka as a corporate partner in Mumbai from Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas. Sureka advises investors and promoters on joint ventures and M&A in industries including manufacturing, infrastructure, IT, hospitality, and education.  (from

8 May – Minter Ellison (Sydney, Australia)

Top-Tier Australian firm hires transactions partner from Norton Rose Fulbright. Shaun Clyne has experience in the technology, telecommunication and health sectors—areas that will be important as the economy starts to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, MinterEllison said.  (from

6 May – Kewei (Shanghai, China)

HSF promotes disputes lawyer, Weina Ye, as an international partner in its China Affiliate Firm Kewei in Shanghai. (from

5 May – Herbert Smith Freehills (Hong Kong, China)

Partner May Tai has been appointed to lead Herbert Smith Freehills’ Asia practice, effective 1 May 2020. (from

5 May – Mishcon (Singapore, Singapore)

Mishcon opens in Singapore with team hire. The new base, Mishcon’s only overseas office, is the latest example of growth in Singapore while Hong Kong doubts continue. (from

1 May – Simmons & Simmons (Hong Kong, China)

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has announced that James Pedley has joined the firm as a partner. James joins the financial markets team as a dedicated securitisation and asset-backed finance specialist covering the Asia region and focusing on the Hong Kong and regional cross-border market. The appointment has boosted the firm’s existing financial markets practice and will further enhance the expertise of their market leading finance practice in the region. Prior to joining Simmons & Simmons, James was a foreign legal consultant at Clifford Chance. (from

30 April – Bird & Bird (Sydney, Australia)

Bird & Bird Promotes Australian Partner, Vince Baudille, to Co-Head Global Real Estate Group. He will share the global role with Jonathan Baker from the firm’s London office. (from

29 April – HKEX (Hong Kong, China)

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited has appointed a former Kirkland & Ellis partner, Stephanie Lau, to help oversee the vetting of initial public offerings after her predecessor was charged with taking bribes. Lau is currently Senior Vice President, listed issuer regulation. Also, Katherine Ng, Managing Director, listing, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, listing. Currently Chief Operating Officer of listing, Grace Hui, will move to the markets division to take on a new role, as Managing Director, Head of Green & Sustainable Finance. (from

29 April – Stephenson Harwood (Hong Kong)

Stephenson Harwood promotes 6 lawyers to partnership. Among 6 new partners, there are 4 partners came from Hong Kong. (from

29 April – Clifford Chance (Asia Pacific)

Leading international law firm, Clifford Chance, today announced the promotion of 26 lawyers to the partnership. The new partners are drawn from all of the firm’s market-leading practices, and from across the firm’s global network.

Clifford Chance announced the promotion of 26 lawyers to the partnership. Among 26 new partners, there are 5 partners came from Asia Pacific: Viola Lui (Hong Kong), Mark Gillgren (Perth, Australia), Tom Lin (Singapore), Daryl Liu (Singapore), Chad Bochan (Sydney, Australia). (from

29 April – Hogan Lovells (Perth, Australia)

Hogan Lovells has hired an oil and gas specialist, Paul Shillington, for its Perth-based finance practice as it continues to expand its Australian finance team. (from

25 April – IndusLaw (Hyderabad, India)

IndusLaw has added Kochhar & Co partner Shabbeer Ahmed as a partner in its Hyderabad office. (from

23 April – DLA Piper (Sydney, Australia)

Tax disputes partner Paul McNab joins the DLA Piper’s Sydney office from PwC and Litigator John Fogarty joins from Corrs Chambers Westgarth. (from

22 April – Jones Day (Brisbane, Australia)

Jones Day has hired longtime Herbert Smith Freehills partner Matthew Bull for its antitrust and competition law practice in Brisbane, Australia. (from

22 April – Kyora (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Indonesia’s Kyora Law Firm, formerly ANC Attorneys at Law, has hired commercial disputes lawyer Triangga Kamal as a partner in Jakarta from Hogan Lovells’ associated firm Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners (DNFP), where he was a senior associate. (from

21 April – Withers (Hong Kong, China)

Withers has expanded its international arbitration practice in Hong Kong with the hire of Sherlin Tung as a partner from CMS, where she was a senior associate. Anticipating that international arbitration will significantly increase globally, Withers has hired an international arbitration partner in Hong Kong. (from

20 April – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Asia)

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has promoted 21 lawyers to the partnership. Among the 21 new partners, there are 2 partners came from Asia: Bing Guan (Hong Kong), Bui Thanh Tien (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam).

20 April – Herbert Smith Freehills (Asia Pacific)

Leading global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills announced today the promotion of 26 new partners to its global partnership. This is the firm’s largest promotion round since its merger in 2012. The gender balance of the new partners is 50:50. This includes the first partner promotion in the firm’s Pro Bono practice. Brooke Massender, Head of Pro Bono, is being promoted to the firm’s partnership. The firm is also promoting the second partner in its Alternative Legal Services practice, following the first such promotion in 2017. Lisa McLaughlin, a Director, is being promoted to partner. The promotions take effect on 1 May 2020. The new partners are focused on supporting the firm’s clients across its core practice areas and key global industry sectors.

Among the 26 new partners, there are 12 partners came from Asia Pacific: Steven Catanzariti (AUS), Chad Catterwell (AUS), Melanie Debenham (AUS), Kam Jamshidi (AUS), Shivchand Jhinku(AUS), Brooke Massender (AUS), Nicole Pedler (AUS), Christine Tran (AUS); Isaac Chen (Beijing), Jojo Fan (Hong Kong), Jamie McLaren (Singapore), Gitta Satryani (Singapore).

16 April – Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (Bangalore, India)

J. Sagar Associates (JSA) Bangalore partner Arjun Perikal has joined Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas in the city earlier this month. (from

15 April – Ant Financial (China)

Chinese firm Fangda Partners’ longtime leader Jonathan Zhou is leaving the firm to join Alibaba-affiliated Ant Financial Services Group as general counsel. (from

14 April – Ashurst (Brisbane, Australia)

Top-tier law firm Ashurst has bolstered its real estate practice in Brisbane, poaching partner Tim Mathers from DLA Piper. (from

14 April – Holman Fenwick Willan (Perth, Australia)

Holman Fenwick Willan has hired workplace, industrial relations and safety specialist Charmaine Tsang to bolster the workplace relations practice it started in Australia last year. (from

13 April – King & Wood Mallesons (China)

KWM grows China practice, hires 10, litigation specialist becomes Incisive Law’s new managing director. (from

13 April – Dentons (China)

Dentons has hired Jiang Jian, Yang Wenlong, Jia Shihong and Frank Wu as senior partners across various offices in China. (from

9 April – Gaien Partners (Tokyo, Japan)

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto M&A lawyers Satoko Kuwabara and Shin Kikuchi have left to co-found a new firm called Gaien Partners in Tokyo along with partners Junichi Tobimatsu and Hisafumi Sato. (from

8 April – Incisive Law (Singapore, Singapore)

The international legal and professional services business, the Ince Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of litigation specialist Loh Wai Yue as the new Joint Managing Director of its alliance firm in Singapore, Incisive Law LLC, with immediate effect. Wai Yue will serve alongside current Joint Managing Directors Bill Ricquier, who has led the firm since its inception, and Edgar Chin whose appointment was in 2016. (from

7 April – White & Case (Seoul, Korea)

Global law firm White & Case has expanded its global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practice with the addition of Dongho Lee as a partner in Seoul. (from

7 April – Withers (Tokyo, Japan)

Withers expands Tokyo office with Orrick hire. Real estate investment partner Toshihiko Tsuchiya moves over. (from

6 April – IndusLaw (Delhi, India)

JSA Partner Mayank Mishra has left the firm to join IndusLaw as a Partner in their Delhi office. (from

2 April – Ashurst (Singapore, Singapore)

Ashurst has appointed Danny Tan to lead its investments funds practice in the Asia-Pacific. Tan joins from Singapore Big Four firm Allen & Gledhill, where led the private funds practice. (from

2 April – DLA Piper (Bangkok, Thailand)

Anglo-American firm DLA Piper has strengthened its Bangkok office with the hire of Waranon Vanichprapa and Samata Masagee as partners from Baker McKenzie and Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners, respectively. Waranon primarily handles cross-border financing and structured finance with particular focus on interbank lending, export credit financing and debt restructuring. (from

2 April – DLA Piper (Bangkok, Thailand)

Anglo-American firm DLA Piper has strengthened its Bangkok office with the hire of Waranon Vanichprapa and Samata Masagee as partners from Baker McKenzie and Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners, respectively. Samata specialises in cross-border M&A and disposals for TMT, energy, agricultural and financial institutions. In 2018, she was named as one of ALB’s Asia 40 Under 40. (from

2 April – Withers (Tokyo, Japan)

Withers has continued growing its real estate practice in Tokyo with the hire of partner Toshi Tsuchiya and his team from Orrick. (from

1 April – CMS (Singapore, Singapore)

Building on the firm’s rapid expansion across Asia-Pacific, international law firm CMS is pleased to announce the appointment of Intellectual Property (IP), Technology and Data Privacy specialist, Sheena Jacob, who joins as a partner in the firm’s Singapore office. (from

1 April – J Sagar Associates (Hyderabad, India)

J Sagar Associates (JSA) has hired Tatva Legal partner Rajeev Reddy G as its second partner based in Hyderabad. (from

1 April – Ashurst (Melbourne, Australia)

Global law firm Ashurst has launched a consulting arm in Australia, aimed at supporting clients with the sea of risk that has emerged in the thick of the Covid-19 crisis. The firm has appointed former Deloitte partner Philip Hardy to head up the division. (from

1 April – Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom (Hong Kong, China)

Skadden names new partners. They are pleased to announce that Shu Du has become partner of the Corporate practice in Hong Kong. (from

1 April – Latham & Watkins (Singapore, Singapore)

Mergers and acquisitions partner Mark Cooper joins the U.S. firm in Singapore from Hogan Lovells, while CMS, Ashurst and DLA Piper also hired partners in the region. (from

1 April – J Sagar Associates (India)

J. Sagar Associates (JSA) has promoted ten of its lawyers to partnership across Bangalore, Delhi, Gurugram and Mumbai. Partners: Akshat Jain, Kunal Kaul, K.Z. Kuriyan, Rakesh Warrier, Rakki K, Ritika Vaswani, Shashank Singh, Shivani Chugh, Sneh Parikh, Udhav Gulati. (from

1 April – HSA Advocates (India)

HSA Advocates announced that it has promoted five of its associate partners – Abhirup Dasgupta, Akshay Malhotra, Nitish Gupta, Pratik Ghose, and Puja Priyadarshini – to full-time partnerships with the law firm. (from

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