Legal Move Updates (July – September 2020)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list.

September 2020

30 September – Mills Oakley (Perth, Australia)

Mills Oakley has again looked to Norton Rose Fulbright for a partner hire, a workplace relations-focused lawyer with three decades’ experience in Perth. (from

28 September – Dechert (Beijing, China)

Dechert has appointed partner Yang Wang to head the firm’s Beijing office from 1st October, 2020 as it looks to pursue the expansion of its Asia operations. He joined Dechert in 2012 and he is admitted to practice in New York and he has previously practiced in China. Yang specializes in cross-border M&A involving Chinese companies as well as with IPOs for Chinese companies in Hong Kong and growth capital investments. (from

28 September – Arbitration Chambers (Beijing, China)

Dechert’s Beijing managing partner and veteran Chinese arbitration lawyer Tao Jingzhou is leaving the firm to join Arbitration Chambers as an independent arbitrator. (from

28 September – White & Case (Melbourne, Australia)

Global law firm White & Case has hired a partner, Aldrin De Zilva, who previously worked at a Herbert Smith Freehills-aligned specialist tax advisory firm in Australia. (from

28 September – Dentons (Brisbane, Australia)

Dentons Hires Brisbane Office Head From Local Australian Bank. Banking partner Craig Chapman joins from the Bank of Queensland where he was group general counsel. (from

25 September – King & Spalding (Sydney, Australia)

King & Spalding poches another workplace partner from Seyfarth & Shaw. King & Spalding has hired Sydney-based Luke Edwards to join its firm’s corporate, finance and investments practice group in Asia, its second poaching from Seyfarth & Shaw in a month. Luke will split his time between the firm’s Singapore and Tokyo offices. (from

24 September – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Singapore, Singapore)

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed a new-look senior leadership team, led by current Asia managing partner Georgia Dawson as its next senior partner.  (from

24 September – McCabe Curwood (Sydney, Australia)

DWF Australian head of corporate and M&A, Jason Lambeth, has left the firm to join Australian mid-sized outfit McCabe Curwood. (from

23 September – Hai Run Law Firm (Beijing, China)

Hai Run Law Firm has expanded its professional team by adding Pang Xiaojun as senior partner, and Bai Baoen, Tao Huaan and Zhao Wantong as partners in its Beijing office. (from

23 September – Mishcon (Singapore, Singapore)

Mishcon de Reya has bolstered its recently launched Singapore office with the hire of an experienced dispute resolution lawyer from boutique Sharpe & Jagger. Gavin Margetson is the first partner to join the office since it opened for business in May when it hired a two-partner team from Withers KhattarWong. (from

22 September – Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (Mumbai, India)

CAM brings back M&A specialist from AZB in Mumbai. Partner Anu Tiwari has left AZB & Partners to rejoin Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in Mumbai. (from

21 September – Oon & Bazul (Singapore, Singapore)

Singapore law firm Oon & Bazul has added corporate specialist Ng Yi Wayn as a partner from local rival RHTLaw. Ng, who spent more the eight years at RHT, focuses on M&A and divestments. She advises clients on domestic and cross-border disposal and acquisitions of shares and assets, divestitures, and takeovers and restructuring. (from

18 September – Haiwen & Partners (Beijing, China)

Haiwen & Partners recently hired Ma Qiang, an expert in trademark law, as a partner in its Beijing office from JunHe. Ma has expertise on trademark, copyright and anti-unfair competition. As an expert in trademark law, Ma has experience in litigation and non-litigation cases in this area, including determination, protection and implementation of trademark rights, as well as trademark overseas protection strategies. Prior to JunHe, Ma has also practiced in Unitalen Law Office and CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office. (from

17 September – MB Kemp (Hong Kong, China)

Malcolm Kemp and Yeeling Wan, former partners of Stephenson Harwood, have established a boutique firm in Hong Kong called MB Kemp that specialises in dispute resolution and insolvency work. It also has a director of legal affairs, Guijun “GJ” Wang, who specialises in marine and international trade. Wang spent 24 years at Stephenson Harwood prior to joining MB Kemp, and was most recently a legal director at his former firm. (from

16 September – Rajah & Tann (Singapore, Singapore)

Singapore Big Four firm Rajah & Tann has hired private-wealth specialist Craig Paynter as a partner from offshore law firm Bedell Cristin, where he was senior associate. (from

16 September – S&R Advocates (Mumbai, India)

S&R Associates has elected arbitration and litigation counsel Shahezad Kazi into its partnership. (from

15 September – Seyfarth Shaw (Melbourne, Australia)

Seyfarth Shaw hires a well-known Health and Safety Partner, Penny Stevens, in Melbourne, Australia. (from

15 September – Merits & Tree (Shanghai, China)

Merits & Tree has added intellectual property expert Ma Chenglong and human resources specialist Li Ming as partners in Shanghai. (from

14 September – Norton Rose Fulbright (Sydney, Australia)

Bryan Pointon will join Norton Rose Fulbright in Sydney on October 1 from PwC Legal and has experience in health; technology, media and telecommunications; food and beverage; and agribusiness sectors, NRF said in a statement. (from

14 September – Holding Redlich (Melbourne, Australia)

Australian law firm Holding Redlich has hired a tax partner, Sue Williamson, from Ernst & Young as it anticipates that Australian tax authorities will be taking a tougher stance. (from

10 September – King & Spalding (Singapore, Singapore)

King & Spalding has hired a duo, Antony Patten and Lachlan Clancy  from rival U.S. firm Shearman & Sterling to its Singapore office. Antony Patten is project finance lawyer who focuses on international oil and gas projects. Clancy will join Patten at King & Spalding later this month. (from

8 September – Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (Delhi, India)

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, India’s third-largest firm by headcount, has appointed Nawneet Vibhaw as a partner in Delhi from Khaitan & Co. (from

8 September – Han Kun Law Offices (Beijing, China)

Han Kun Law Offices has hired real estate expert Fang Rong as a partner in Beijing from King & Wood Mallesons. (from

7 September – Nishimura & Asahi (Tokyo, Japan)

Japan’s Nishimura & Asahi has hired a project finance partner, Adrian Joyce, from Norton Rose Fulbright. (from

7 September – Han Kun Law Offices (Beijing, China)

China’s Han Kun Law Offices has hired a second partner from King & Wood Mallesons in a month. Kathy Fang joins the firm in its Beijing head office; she was most recently a partner at King & Wood Mallesons advising real estate investment and financing. (from

7 September – Tanner De Witt (Hong Kong, China)

Hong Kong firm Tanner De Witt has hired Kevin Warburton as partner in the firm’s arbitration practice from Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May, where he was a counsel. (from

7 September – King & Wood Mallesons (Beijing & Hong Kong, China)

King & Wood Mallesons has hired former Davis Polk & Wardwell associate Sam Huang as a partner in its Beijing and Hong Kong offices. Huang is a corporate finance lawyers with experiences in Hong Kong and U.S. listings as well as debt offerings. (from

4 September – K&L Gates (Sydney, Australia)

K&L Gates has hired a finance partner, Richard Hayes, from Hogan Lovells in Sydney as it expands its finance practice. (from

4 September – Tucker & Cowen (Brisbane, Australia)

Brisbane law firm Tucker & Cowen has hired a Dentons partner who specializes in dispute resolution in banking, insolvency and financial services. (from

4 September – Haiwen & Partners (Beijing, China)

Haiwen & Partners recently hired cybersecurity and anti-corruption expert Yang Jianyuan as partner in its Beijing office from Fangda Partners. (from

2 September – Merits & Tree Law Offices (Beijing, China)

Merits & Tree Law Offices has hired capital market experts Geng Bei and Luo Han as partners in Beijing from Haiwen & Partners and Fangda Partners, respectively. (from

1 September – Latham & Watkins (Hong Kong, China)

Latham & Watkins has hired a debt finance partner, Andrew Bishop, in Hong Kong from White & Case as Gary Hamp departs. (from

August 2020

27 August – Han Kun Law Offices (Shenzhen, China)

Han Kun Law Offices has hired capital markets and M&A expert Yuan Jiani as a partner in Shenzhen from JunHe.

27 August – East & Concord Partners (China)

East & Concord Law Firm has hired the following partners: Zhang Ruijun and Zou Juanjuan in Wuhan; Mao Chenguang in Hangzhou; and Gao Jinlin, Chen Yu, Yao Shi, Zhong Qianmin and Zhou Xuemei in Chengdu. (from

27 August – Withers (Singapore, Singapore)

UK firm Withers has appointed international arbitration expert Shaun Leong as a partner in Singapore from Eversheds Sutherland. Leong’s addition is Withers’s second disputes partner hire this month, after it welcomed Chenthil Kumarasingam and his team from Oon & Bazul. (from

26 August – Sidley Austin (Hong Kong, China)

Sidley Austin has welcomed back finance specialist Olivia Ngan as a partner in the firm’s China corporate and finance practice in Hong Kong. Ngan joins from Linklaters, where she was a counsel. Ngan previously worked with Sidley for seven years before joining Linklaters in August 2019. She has also worked with UK law firms Fieldfisher and TLT. (from

26 August – Thomson Geer (Melbourne, Australia)

Australia’s Thomson Geer makes fourth team hire in two months. The firm has hired one tech partner and two lawyers from local firm Russell Kennedy. Russell Kennedy principal Andrew Chalet and lawyer Stephanie McHugh will join the firm in Melbourne, while special counsel Peytee Grusche, a patent attorney, will join the Perth office. (from

26 August – EY (Melbourne, Australia)

Big Four accounting firm EY has hired an employment partner, Sarah Ralph, from global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright to join its Melbourne office. (from

25 August – Stratage Law Partners (Mumbai, India)

Darshan Upadhyay, Shyam Pandya, Amit Manubarwala and Bhavin Gada, erstwhile private equity partners at Indian firm Economic Laws Practice, have left to set up a boutique firm, Stratage Law Partners, in Mumbai. (from

25 August – Rimon Law (Shenzhen, China

Rimon Law welcomes Xiaowei Ye, former Managing Partner of Morgan Lewis’ Beijing office, as a Partner in DC and Shenzhen offices. (from

21 August – Hylands Law Firms (Beijing, China

Beijing-based Hylands Law Firm has hired dispute resolution expert Tian Jie as a partner from Zai Dao Law Firm. Tian specializes in dispute resolution and litigation, criminal compliance, entertainment, media and Internet, with experience in defending in cases involving economic crime and cybersecurity crime. She has provided criminal risks compliance training to a number of companies. (from

21 August – Merits & Tree Law Offices (Shanghai, China)

Beijing-headquartered Merits & Tree Law Offices has hired tax and dispute resolution expert Zhang Guohao as partner in Shanghai. Zhang was previously a partner in local boutique Shanghai Senyue Law Firm. Zhang has expertise in tax compliance, tax planning, contract review tax, litigation and arbitration, particularly in sectors like life science, medical treatment and health, real estate, infrastructure and construction, and high-end manufacturing. (from

21 August – Mills Oakley (Australia)

Australian midtier firm Mills Oakley has poached a partner from Dentons and a senior associate from Baker McKenzie as it looks ahead to boost its mergers and acquisitions practice. M&A lawyers Daniel Kirk joins from Dentons in Perth and Chris Taylor joins from Baker McKenzie in Melbourne. Both will start as partners on Monday. (from

18 August – Morrison & Foerster (Hong Kong, China)

Morrison & Foerster has hired a disputes partner in Hong Kong focusing on U.S. law government enforcement and white collar defense. Chen Zhu joins from Davis Polk & Wardwell where he was counsel most recently. U.S.-qualified Zhu specializes in cross-border government and internal investigations and commercial litigation.  (from

17 August – Ashurst (Melbourne, Australia)

Ashurst has hired a Herbert Smith Freehills partner to join its infrastructure and energy practice in Melbourne to boost its project finance capabilities. Chris Skordas joined the firm from the Dubai office of HSF, where he has been a partner since May 2016, Ashurst said. He was previously a senior associate in HSF’s Melbourne-based project finance team. (from

17 August – Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (India)

Gaurav Dayal and Amritha Salian have joined the Corporate and M&A practice at Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan. While Dayal joined the Delhi office as a Partner last month, Salian has joined the Bengaluru office of the firm as a Partner this month. (from

14 August – Thomson Geer (Melbourne, Australia)

Fresh from making raids on teams from DLA Piper and Dentons, Australian law firm Thomson Geer has raided a rival firm’s media team to gain access to high-profile cases. Thomson Geer has hired the eight-member media team from local firm MacPherson Kelley, led by partners Justin Quill and John-Paul Cashen. (from

13 August – Jingtian & Gocheng (China)

Jingtian adds corporate partners from Dentons, KWM, Fangda, Llinks. Jingtian & Gongcheng has boosted its corporate practice after hiring Li Li and Nan Tiejian as partners in Beijing, and Tang Xue and Zou Ye as partners in Shanghai. (from

12 August – Thomson Geer (Perth, Australia)

An 11-strong, three-partner-led team from DLA Piper in Perth, Australia has jumped to the Adelaide-based law firm Thomson Geer — the second raid of a global law firm in as many months. DLA Piper’s M&A partners Scott Gibson, Marc Wilshaw and Michael Bowen will join the firm later this year, Thomson Geer said in a statement. A legal and support team of eight will also join the firm, which has 116 partners around Australia. (from

12 August – IndusLaw (Mumbai, India)

India’s IndusLaw has recruited finance specialist Siddharth Manchanda as a partner in Mumbai from local boutique Algo Legal. (from

12 August – Singh & Associates (Gurugram, India)

India law firm Singh & Associates has named Smita Singh as the firm’s new head of indirect tax practice in Gurugram. She joins from Ashok Dhingra Associates, where she was a partner. (from

10 August – Paul Hastings (San Diego, USA)

Paul Hastings has hired back disputes partner Tang Haiyan in a global push to strengthen government enforcement, investigations, compliance and litigation capabilities. Tang has rejoined the firm in San Diego and will relocate to Shanghai soon. She was most recently chief legal and compliance officer at Shanghai-based healthcare private equity firm CBC Group, which she only joined in 2019. Before that, Tang was a litigation partner with Paul Hastings in Shanghai. (from

10 August – Ince (Hong Kong, China)

Ince has hired dispute resolution and litigation lawyer Bonita Chan as a partner in its Hong Kong office from Miao & Co., which operates in association with PRC firm Han Kun Law Offices. (from

7 Aug – Han Kun Law Officers (Beijing, China)

Han Kun Law Offices has hired former King & Wood Mallesons dispute resolution partner You Yang in Beijing; meanwhile, in Hong Kong, the firm lost former litigation partner Bonita Chan to Ince. (from

6 Aug – CM Law Firm (Shanghai, China)

CM Law Firm has hired investment and M&A expert Jiang Junfeng as a partner in its Shanghai office from Internet giant Tencent, where he was a senior legal counsel. (from

5 Aug – Withers (Singapore, Singapore)

UK-headquartered firm Withers has expanded its litigation and arbitration practice in Singapore with the hire of partner Chenthil Kumarasingam and his team from Oon & Bazul. Kumarasingam handles commercial and civil disputes across banking, financial, mining and aviation industries. (from

3 Aug – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher  (Hong Kong, China)

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has hired a technology transactions and privacy partner from Allen & Overy to join its Hong Kong office. Connell O’Neill, who joins from the Sydney office of the Allen & Overy, focuses on corporate transactions in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors, including fintech, ecommerce, technology infrastructure and consumer technologies. (from

3 Aug – Chance Bridge Partners (Beijing, China)

Boutique firm Chance Bridge Partners has hired Zhang Zongwei as partner in its Beijing head office. Zhang is a dispute resolution expert. He has worked as a judge in a local people’s court in Beijing for many years, before moving in-house to China Railway Materials Commercial Corp and Beijing Equity Exchange, successively, handling dispute matters in the areas of trade finance, equity exchange and futures. (from

3 Aug – K&L Gates (Hong Kong, China)

K&L Gates has recruited a team of three partners specializing in an integrated funds and private equity practice. Sook Young Yeu, Scott Peterman and William Ho all join from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, which has decided to close its Hong Kong office. (from

July 2020

30 July – Tattarang (Perth, Australia)

Longtime Herbert Smith Freehills partner and firm managing partner of finance, real estate and projects Jason Ricketts has resigned from the firm to join the investment company and charitable foundation of billionaire iron ore miner Andrew Forrest. Perth-based Ricketts will join the Minderoo Foundation and the Tattarang investment group as general counsel in October. (from

30 July – DLA Piper (Hong Kong, China)

DLA Piper is pleased to announce that Matthew Worth has joined the firm in its Hong Kong office as a partner in the Restructuring practice. Matthew was previously at Linklaters, whom he joined in 2009. His practice focuses on special situations, restructuring, insolvency and distressed debt matters. (from

29 July – Cavenagh Law (Singapore, Singapore)

Clifford Chance’s Singapore-based alliance partner firm Cavenagh Law has recruited a new disputes partner. Paul Tan will join Cavenagh on Sept. 1 and is currently a partner with Singaporean firm Rajah & Tann where he specializes in international arbitration as well as high stakes court litigation including appellate practice. Tan has also represented multinational companies and governments on investor-state arbitrations. (from

28 July – DLA Piper (Melbourne, Australia)

DLA Piper boosts Restructuring practice with partner hire in Australia Global law firm DLA Piper announces that Restructuring partner Lionel Meehan joins the firm based in Melbourne, effective 1 August. Lionel joins DLA Piper from boutique insolvency and restructuring firm Edwin Legal, which he founded after leaving Ashurst, where he was a partner. Lionel has extensive experience in financial restructuring, large-scale insolvency and commercial law, and deep sector knowledge across the Resources, Construction, Financial Services and Fintech sectors. (from

27 July – Simmons & Simmons (Singapore, Singapore)

Simmons & Simmons has announced that Dax Lim has joined the firm as a partner together with his team of associates. Dax joins the Asset Management and Investment Funds team as a dedicated venture capital and financial regulatory specialist covering the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region and focusing on the Singapore market. The team move boosts and expands the firm’s already highly successful funds practice in Singapore. (from

27 July – Loeb & Loeb (Hong Kong, China)

Loeb & Loeb LLP announced today that it has added a team of four trusts and estates lawyers to its Hong Kong office. The move expands the firm’s preeminent reputation in private client work into Asia for the first time. Partners Erik Wallace and Laurence Ho will lead the newly formed Hong Kong Trusts and Estates team, which will include associates Sarah Lai and Letao Tao. The team joins Loeb & Loeb from Stephenson Harwood. (from

24 July – Johnson Winter & Slattery (Melbourne, Australia)

Mid-tier Australia law firm Johnson Winter & Slattery has hired the former global leader of Sidley Austin’s project finance and infrastructure group to join its partnership in Melbourne. (from

24 July – Simmons & Simmons (Hong Kong, China)

Simmons & Simmons announced its delayed 2020 partner round this week, with the firm making fewer promotions than previous years. In a boost to the firm’s Hong Kong office and a nod to that city’s strong banking sector, Ivy Yam was promoted in the financial markets team. (from

24 July – Global Law Office (China)

Since the beginning of 2020, Global Law Office (GLO) has welcomed 6 new partners to join the firm. They are Ruby (Yubing) Shao who joined our Beijing office, Michael (Yi) Chen, Catherine (Cuihong) Song and Tim (Yimin) Liu who joined our Shanghai office, as well as Eric (Jieyi) Chen and Yang Zhang who joined our Shenzhen office. (from

 22 July – Reed Smith (Singapore, Singapore)

Reed Smith has added two energy and natural resources specialists to strengthen its offering in Singapore. Partner Omar Al-Ali, who joined the firm in 2018, will be relocating from London to Singapore, where he will advise clients on prepayment financings, borrowing base financings, inventory monetizations, pre-export financings, numerous receivables financing structures and commodities repos, as well as other aspects of trade and commodities finance, Reed Smith announced on Tuesday. (from

21 July – Oldham, Li & Nie Lawyers (Hong Kong, China)

Hong Kong firm Oldham, Li & Nie Lawyers (OLN) has hired Simon WH Wong as a partner in its corporate and commercial practice from Bird & Bird, where he was a counsel. (from

20 July – Deacons (Hong Kong, China)

We are pleased to announce the admission of Helen Liao as partner of our firm. (from

20 July – Cliff Chow (Hong Kong, China)

Ashurst bolsters Hong Kong disputes practice. Former Allen & Overy of counsel Cliff Chow is now a partner at the new firm. (from

16 July – Clifford Chance (Hong Kong, China)

Clifford Chance has appointed Connie Heng as regional head of its Asia Pacific practice. She is the firm’s first ever female leader of a major region and will take over from predecessor Geraint Hughes from November 1, the firm said in a statement. Hughes will remain a partner at the firm. (from

16 July – Kirkland & Ellis (Hong Kong, China)

Kirkland & Ellis has boosted its debt finance practice group with the appointment of Manas Chandrashekar as a partner in Hong Kong from Latham & Watkins. (from

15 July – FTI Consulting (Singapore, Singapore)

Advisory firm FTI Consulting has bolstered its financial crime compliance practice with the hire of forensic and litigation experts Andrew McCarthy and Anna Bleazard in Singapore from Deloitte, where they were partner and director, respectively. (from

13 July – R&P China Lawyers (Shanghai, China)

R&P China Lawyers announces that three seasoned, high-profile lawyers have recently joined them. Ms. Peng Qiao, Ms. Annabella Fu and Mr. Art Dicker have each built distinguished practices, and so they are very proud that they have selected R&P as the next step in their careers. (from

13 July – Zhong Lun Law Firm (Hong Kong, China)

Zhong Lun Law Firm has hired Jaycen Liao as partner in its Hong Kong office. Liao joined from Sullivan & Cromwell, where he was a senior associate. Liao’s practice focuses on Hong Kong capital markets matters such as IPOs, bond offerings, take-overs, privatizations and securities regulatory compliance. He also advises clients on cross-border M&As and private equity investments. (from

13 July – Link Legal (Mumbai, India)

Link Legal India Law Services has hired into its Mumbai projects, finance and infrastructure practice with IDFC First Bank vice president legal, Aditya Bhardwaj. With him, Link Legal has 32 partners, including 10 partners in Mumbai. (from

9 July – Haiwen Partners (Beijing, China)

Haiwen Partners hired labour law specialist Liu Yuxiang as a partner in its Beijing office. Liu, who was a partner at River Delta Law Firm and the director of its Beijing office, is experienced in handling complicated labour and personnel disputes involving non-compete clauses, commercial briberies, and compliance. (from

8 July – SIPS (Shanghai, China)

China-based IP firm SIPS has promoted Shanghai-based Joshua Miller to partner. (from

8 July – Pinsent Masons (Singapore, Singapore)

Pinsent Masons has hired a pair of transactions partners in Singapore. Nicholas Hanna and Mark Tan both join from K&L Gates where they were partners specializing in transactions in the fintech and medical technology sectors. (from

7 July – White & Case (Sydney, Australia)

White & Case has hired an in-house counsel from multinational construction, property and infrastructure company Lendlease Group to join its global commercial litigation practice in Australia. (from

7 July – Hogan Lovells (Shanghai, China)

Corporate partners Don Williams, Tony Mou and Cheng Xu join the firm’s Shanghai office from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.  (from

7 July – Hogan Lovells (Singapore, Singapore)

Hogan Lovells has today announced that high-profile lawyer Charlie Clayton-Payne has re-joined the transatlantic firm as a partner in its Corporate & Finance practice, based in its Singapore office. (from

7 July – Hogan Lovells (Tokyo, Japan)

Tokyo partner Lloyd Parker has now taken on a new role as the firm’s Asia Pacific regional managing partner. (from

7 July – Zhong Lun Law Firm (Haikou & Guangzhou, China)

Zhong Lun Law Firm has hired Liao Hui, Chen Ting, Jiang Huizhen, Luo Rong and Li Bo as partners in Haikou and Guangzhou. Liao, Chen, Jiang, and Luo joined the firm in Haikou, Hainan province.

Liao and Chen joined from local Hainan Realiser Law Firm, where they were partners and associate, respectively. Both are dispute resolution experts with expertise in the real estate sector. Meanwhile, Jiang and Luo joined from Yingke Law Firm, where they were partners and senior partners, respectively. They also practice on dispute resolution, with Jiang focusing on real estate related disputes and Luo on corporate disputes. Luo also advises on M&A, taxation, and wealth planning. Li joined Zhong Lun in Guangzhou from Dentons, where he was a senior partner. He practices banking and finance, real estate, private equity, and investment fund, with a special focus on non-performing assets issues. (from

6 July – Ashurst (Sydney, Australia)

U.K.-based Ashurst has hired partner Costa Koutsis, an indirect tax specialist, from PwC to join its Sydney practice.

6 July – Gall (Hong Kong, China)

July 6th, 2020 – Gall, a leading independent Hong Kong law firm focusing primarily on dispute resolution, announced today that Kajal Aswani has joined the firm as a Partner in the Family & Divorce practice. Kajal joins from Robertsons in Hong Kong where she was a Partner from 2015. (from

3 July – Allen & Overy (Sydney, Australia)

Allen & Overy has hired a partner from Baker McKenzie to join its Asia Pacific restructuring and recovery group. David Williams joins the firm as a Sydney-based partner as firms in the region witnessed an increase in insolvency and restructuring work. (from

2 July – Oon & Bazul (Singapore, Singapore)

Singapore law firm Oon & Bazul has recruited Keith Han as a partner in the firm’s restructuring and insolvency practice from Cavenagh Law, Clifford Chance’s local alliance firm, where he was a senior associate. (from

1 July – Gilbert + Tobin (Sydney, Australia)

Australian law firm Gilbert + Tobin has hired an investment partner from rival corporate outfit MinterEllison. Nathan Cahill joins the firm as a corporate advisory partner from MinterEllison, where he spent 17 years, according to his LinkedIn profile. (from

1 July – Reed Smith (Singapore, Singapore)

Kyri Evagora, who relocated from New York to the firm’s Singapore office earlier this year, succeeds Hong Kong-based partner Denise Jong. Evagora takes over the role July 1 from Hong Kong partner Denise Jong, who has held the position since 2018. Jong will continue to co-chair Reed Smith’s global corporate practice with London partner Delphine Currie. A longtime Hong Kong partner, she became the first Asia-based managing partner to oversee the firm’s Asia practice in 2018. (from

1 July – Co-effort Law Firm (Shanghai, China)

Shanghai Co-effort Law Firm has hired Hao Hongying as partner in its headquarter from local ZHH Law Firm. Hao practices mainly on areas of finance, media and entertainment, internet and real estate and private equity. (from

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