Legal Move Updates (Oct – Dec 2021)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list.

December 2021

17 December – Herbert Smith Freehills (Singapore, Singapore)

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has elected Fatim Jumabhoy as its first-ever Singapore managing partner.

Jumabhoy will begin leading the Singapore team effective 1 January. (from

16 December – Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (Mumbai, India)

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) has strengthened its general corporate practice with the hire of Akshay Bhargav as a partner in Mumbai from Khaitan & Co.

With more than a decade of experience, Bhargav specialises in private equity and venture capital transactions as well as on other corporate and commercial matters. (from

16 December – Linklaters (Hong Kong, China)

Linklaters LLP has rehired two veteran lawyers as the global law firm seeks to grow in Asia.

Betty Yap, until recently managing partner for the China practice of New York-based Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, is joining Linklaters as a partner in its corporate practice, according to a press release. She will continue to be based in Hong Kong and will be global co-head of the financial sponsor group. (from

16 December – Linklaters (London then Asia)

Linklaters is also rehiring Carl Fernandes, a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP based in London. Fernandes will join as a partner in its financial regulation practice. He’ll continue to be based in London and will eventually relocate to Asia. Fernandes previously worked at Linklaters in both Hong Kong and London. (from

10 December – FenXun (Shanghai, China) 

FenXun Partners, Baker McKenzie’s Chinese affiliate firm, has hired former Clifford Chance and JunHe partner Hong Zhang as head of its private equity practice in China. (from

16 December – ONC Lawyers (Hong Kong, China)

Hong Kong firm ONC Lawyers has hired Chak Tin Justin Lo as a partner from King and Wood Mallesons (KWM), where he was a senior associate.

Lo, who worked with KWM for more than 12 years, focuses on construction arbitration and dispute resolution, including handling claims, prolongation, and damages. (from

16 December – Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (Singapore, Singapore)

The office will also have director Dipti Bedi, who rejoined CAM in February from Cairn Oil & Gas.

CAM, which had announced the opening of a representative office in Singapore in February, will offer Indian law expertise across various practice areas in the city-state. (from

16 December – Trilegal (Bengaluru & Mumbai, India)

India’s Trilegal has hired four lawyers, namely Sai Krishna Bharathan, Shivani Kabra, Pallabi Ghosal and Vivek Bajaj, from AZB & Partners. While Bajaj will join Trilegal in Bengaluru, the other three will be based in Mumbai.

Bharathan, who has more than 25 years of experience, has led on M&A and private equity transactions in the real estate and allied sectors.

Pallabi Ghosal, who focuses on investment funds and asset management, advises on fund formation, platform joint ventures and financial regulatory matters.

Kabra’s practice includes counselling PE and corporate clients on M&A and other corporate matters.

Bajaj, with over two decades of experience, advises on M&A and other corporate matters. (from

16 December – Sidley Austin (Hong Kong, China)

Steven Hsu, a former counsel at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, has joined Sidley Austin as a partner in the firm’s China corporate and finance group in Hong Kong.

Hsu focuses on equity capital market transactions, including rights issuances and other secondary offerings, alongside corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters. (from

10 December – FenXun (Shanghai, China)

FenXun Partners, Baker McKenzie’s Chinese affiliate firm, has hired former Clifford Chance and JunHe partner Hong Zhang as head of its private equity practice in China. (from

10 December – Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (Singapore, Singapore)

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has officially been awarded a Foreign Law Practice (FLP) license in Singapore and has hired the former Singapore head of Nishith Desai Associates, Vivek Kathpalia, to head that office.

Cyril Amarchand announced its Singapore launch earlier in the year, marking its debut international foray. It was then set up as a representative office but now, with its FLP license, the firm will be permitted to provide Indian law advice and help its clients navigate Indian legal and regulatory frameworks. (from

9 December – Latham & Watkins (Hong Kong, China)

Latham & Watkins has hired commercial litigation partner Dominic Geiser as a partner in Hong Kong from Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF). At Latham, Geiser will be a member of the complex commercial litigation practice.

Geiser, who has been with HSF for the entirety of his career, specialises in banking, financial and IPO-related litigation, disputes involving investors, shareholders, joint ventures, equity valuations, and intellectual property, fraud and money laundering claims, and insolvency and arbitration-related litigation. He becomes Latham’s 11th partner in Hong Kong. (from

8 December – McDermott Will & Emery (Tokyo, Japan)

McDermott Will & Emery has added three new IP attorneys to its intellectual property practice. Former Hogan Lovells IP partners Simon Roberts and Jason Leonard will be resident in New York, while former Jones Day IP partner Maxwell Fox will reside in Japan. (from

8 December – Eversheds Sutherland (Hong Kong, China)

Eversheds Sutherland has strengthened its IPO practice in Hong Kong with the hire of Roger Zhou as a partner in Hong Kong from Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

Zhou, a capital markets and general corporate law specialist, represents issuers and underwriters on IPOs as well as counsels on foreign direct investments in China. He also advises on post-IPO compliance issues, annual compliance, M&A, bond issuance and placements.  (from

8 December – IndusLaw (Delhi, India) 

India’s IndusLaw has added Rohit Ambast as a partner in Delhi from rival Khaitan & Co, where he was a counsel.

He is the firm’s second lateral M&A partner hire in about a week. IndusLaw recently add M&A specialist Faraz Khan as a partner in Mumbai from Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas. ( from

2 December – IndusLaw  (Mumbai, India)

India’s IndusLaw has hired corporate expert Faraz Khan as a partner in the firm’s Mumbai office from Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas.

Khan’s hire is IndusLaw’s second partner addition in Mumbai in about a month. At the end of October, real estate expert Avikshit Moral joined the firm from Juris Corp.

Khan specialises in private equity investments, domestic and cross-border M&A, and foreign investment. (from

2 December – DLA Piper (Hong Kong, China)

DLA Piper had added George Wu as a partner in Hong Kong from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he was an of counsel.

Wu is DLA’s second partner hire in Hong Kong a matter of weeks. The firm recently welcomed IP and fintech expert Kristi Swartz, a former managing partner of the Hong Kong office of the legacy Bryan Cave.

Prior to spending a decade at Herbert Smith Freehills, Wu was with U.S. firm Pryor Cashman in New York, and with Baker McKenzie in Shanghai. He advises on corporate and securities transactions including IPOs, debt offerings, private equity, M&A and compliance matters. (from

2 December – Ashurst (Hong Kong, China)

UK firm Ashurst has strengthened its global markets practice with the hire of Jessica Li as a partner in Hong Kong from Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy, where she was a counsel.

Li specialises in debt capital market transactions, including standalone bond offerings, MTN programme establishment and note issuances, with a focus on China-related markets.

Before joining Allen & Overy in 2013, Li worked with Clifford Chance in the firm’s London and Hong Kong offices. (from

2 December – White & Case (Singapore, Singapore)

Private equity funds and M&A specialist Sayak Maity has joined U.S. law firm White & Case as a partner in Singapore from India’s AZB & Partners.

Maity assists PE funds on investments in India and the wider Asia-Pacific region. He also advises on joint ventures and corporate governance.

Prior to his stint at AZB, Maity worked in an in-house role at Tata Sons, and was also with law firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas. (from

2 December – Herbert Smith Freehills (Hong Kong, China)

Herbert Smith Freehills has brought back litigator Rachael Shek to replenish the departure of Hong Kong partner Dominic Geiser, who will be joining Latham & Watkins.

Shek, who has previously served two separate stints as an associate at Herbert Smith Freehills, rejoins the firm as a partner from Clyde & Co. (from

2 December – DLA Piper (Hong Kong, China)

DLA Piper has appointed Russell Wilkinson as a partner in its Finance, Projects and Restructuring (FP&R) practice, based in Hong Kong, the firm announced on Thursday.

Wilkinson joins the firm from Baker Botts in Hong Kong, where he has been a senior energy partner since 2006. He focuses his practice on the development, acquisition/divestment and financing of energy businesses and infrastructure, and the commercialisation of energy resources. He has extensive experience of upstream and midstream petroleum projects, power generation and transmission projects.  (from

2 December – Feshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Tokyo, Japan)

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed a senior counsel as head of M&A in Japan, amid a flurry of moves across Asia at international firms.

Freshfields has appointed senior counsel Tomoko Nakajima to the new role. She has been with the firm for almost two decades. (from

1 December – Holman Fenwick Willan (Melbourne, Australia)

U.K.-headquartered Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has bolstered its Australian construction team with the hire of a senior associate from Herbert Smith Freehills, who is joining the global firm as a partner.

Michael Debney, who will join HFW’s Melbourne office, advises contractors, financiers and owners on all aspects of project development and implementation and has more than a decade of experience in industry in senior legal and commercial roles in Australia, England and the Middle East. (from

November 2021

24 November – King & Spalding (Singapore, Singapore)

King & Spalding has hired Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom counsel, Parveet Singh Gandoak, as partner for its corporate, finance and investments practice in Singapore.

Gandoak advises private equity sponsors and venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, and multinationals on cross-border M&A, minority and control investments, joint ventures, exits, restructurings and capital markets offerings. He acts for clients dealing in the techn, media, telecommunications, real estate, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, energy and insurance sectors. (from

23 November – Ashurst (Sydney, Australia)

Global law firm Ashurst announces the appointment of Bernie Walrut as a partner in its Restructuring and Special Situations Group in Sydney.

Bernie’s practice covers restructuring, insolvency and special situations with a focus on transactional work in the private capital market. He also acts for insolvency practitioners on contentious administration or liquidation matters, including recovery actions, and has advised on a number of significant insolvency disputes in Australia. (from

22 November – Ashurst (Tokyo, Japan)

Ashurst is hiring a partner in Tokyo for the first time in five years, taking Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Asia sanctions head. Alexander Dmitrenko, who was counsel at Freshfields, will start with Ashurst in 2022. He specializes in white collar-defence, internal investigations, sanctions and export controls advice. (from

18 November – Argus Partners (Bengaluru, India)

India’s Argus Partners has hired Prashanth Sabeshan as a partner in the firm’s corporate and infrastructure practice in Bengaluru from AZB & Partners.

Sabeshan has more than two decades of experience focusing on general corporate, infrastructure, electricity, renewables and clean energy. (from

15 November – Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Brisbane & Perth, Australia)

Australia’s Corrs Chambers Westgarth grabs two employment partners from Herbert Smith Freehills. The pair specialize in industrial relations law, which the firm said will be helpful to clients at a time when they are trying to respond to changes in the way people work brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kirst Falchen joins Corr’s Brisbance office and Anthony Longland join the firm in Perth. (from

15 November – Clifford Chance (Hong Kong, China)

The Shearman & Sterling capital markets partner, Alan Yeung, leaves the U.S. firm after 16 years and rejoin Clifford Chance in Hong Kong.

Yeung is a US-qualified lawyer who advises on equity and debt offerings of securities into US, including IPO, high yield and investment grade bond offerings, and Rule 144A/Regulation S placements. (from

10 November – Hunton Andrews Kurth (Tokyo, Japan)

Hunton Andrews Kurth has snapped up a project finance partner from Hogan Lovells in Tokyo as it continues expanding its global energy and infrastructure team.

Sean Conaty advises governments, lenders and sponsors on infrastructure projects in the energy sector, Hunton Andrews Kurth said in a statement. (from

10 November – Dentons (Brisbane, Australia)

Dentons announces today the continued strategic growth of its Australian Real Estate practice with the addition of Lyndal Draper as partner in the Brisbane office.

Lyndal brings over 15 years’ of experience advising client on all aspects of property law, including; development, sales and acquisitions and leasing. She has prepared, advised on, and worked under various development and joint venture agreements for developers, large institutions, statutory trusts, and private companies. Her development experience includes off-the-plan strata and flat-land developments for residential, mixed use and commercial applications.  (from

10 November – King & Wood Mallesons (Melbourne & Sydney, Australia)

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has announced the appointment of Renae Lattey as the new Chief Executive Partner of the Australian practice, and David Friedlander as Chairman of the Australian practice.

Currently Managing Partner Clients and Mergers & Acquisitions, Renae has been a member of the firm’s Australian Executive Management team since 2017 and will succeed Berkeley Cox who has held the position for a similar time. (from

10 November – AZB & Partners (Delhi, India)

India’s AZB & Partners has hired antitrust expert Ram Kumar Poornachandran as a partner in Delhi from Talwar Thakore & Associates (TTA).

Poornachandran, who focuses on competition and corporate law, spent more than a decade at TTA. Prior to that, he was at Fox Mandal and Bird & Bird ATMD. (from

8 November – Stephenson Harwood  (Hong Kong, China)

Stephenson Harwood has added new partners to their Hong Kong office. Wei Kang advises clients on international estate and asset protection planning, the Canadian tax and corporate aspects of private wealth structures, and the development of family governance structures. (from

8 November – Mishcon de Reya (Singapore, Singapore)

Mishcon de Reya announced the appointment of Henry Winter as a Partner, marking an expansion to the Firm’s international Dispute Resolution capabilities. Henry becomes the fourth Partner operating from the Firm’s Singapore office, which has grown to 14 lawyers since opening last year.

Henry specialises in cross-border dispute resolution, including international commercial and investor-state arbitration, litigation, and investigations. He also has considerable experience dealing with regulators throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Henry’s extensive experience includes representing multinational corporates, foreign investors, and governments in complex litigation and arbitrations under the SIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL and ICSID rules. His sector focus includes international trade, energy (renewable and conventional), resources, financial services, fraud, infrastructure, and construction. (from

8 November – Mayer Brown (Hong Kong, China)

Mayer Brown announced on Monday that it has added a team led by investment funds partner Paul Moloney to its corporate and securities practice in Hong Kong.

Moloney will join Mayer Brown along with counsel Helen Wang and associate Gigi Ma.

Moloney specializes in the establishment of public and private investment funds in Hong Kong and other jurisdictions, including Ireland, Singapore and the Cayman Islands, according to Mayer Brown. His clients include financial institutions, asset managers and institutional investors, the firm said. (from

3 November – Baker McKenzie (Sydney, Australia)

Baker McKenzie has appointed Joshua Saunders as a construction partner in Sydney. Joshua joins Baker McKenzie from Lendlease, where he held the position of Deputy Head of Legal.

Baker McKenzie’s National Managing Partner, Anthony Foley stated: “Joshua comes to us with a broad range of important skills in the transport, utilities, telecommunications and renewables sectors. Taken together with the recent addition of Matt Coleman as a partner in our Construction team in Melbourne, Joshua’s recruitment in Sydney reflects the growth and ambition of our construction, infrastructure and project work. (from

3 November – Ashurst (Melbourne, Australia)

Global law firm Ashurst has appointed Melbourne-based partner Hilary Goodier as co-leader of Ashurst Advance, the firm’s fast-growing NewLaw division. Goodier joins London-based Chris Georgiou as co-division head and became a member of the firm’s global executive team as of Nov. 1. (from

1 November – Allen & Gldehill (Singapore, Singapore)

The Partners of Allen & Gledhill are pleased to announce the admission of Goh Eng Cher into Partnership, with effect from 1 November, 2021. Eng Cher will be joining us as Co-Head of our Private Wealth Practice, and will advising clients in the areas of trusts, private wealth, and tax.

Prior to joining us, Eng Cher was concurrently Assistant General Counsel and Executive Director at JP Morgan. During her time there, she was involved in supporting trust companies operating out of multiple jurisdictions including the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Switizerland and Singapore. Her experience also includes working on cross-jurisdictional trust issues involving changing regulation and legislation. (from

1 November – Kennedys (Sydney, Australia)

We are delighted to announce the appointment of insurance and commercial litigation specialist Alexandra Bartlett as a partner in the firm’s Insurance group in Sydney. Alex joins Kennedys from YPOL, where she was a director.

Alex practises in financial lines, D&O and professional indemnity, and has more than 15 years’ experience in defending claims and advising on coverage. (from

1 November – CMS (Hong Kong, China)

CMS has hired Hong Kong financial restructuring lawyer Kingsley Ong as a partner for its local office, continuing its expansion in the city-state.

In Hong Kong, CMS operates in association with domestic firm Lau, Horton & Wise.

Ong acts for arrangers, borrowers, investors, issuers, lenders, liquidators, sponsors, swap counterparties, trustees, and underwriters, advising on financing debt restructuring and insolvency matters. (from

October 2021
31 October – O’Melveny & Myers (Seoul, Korea)

O’Melveny & Myers has added corporate lawyer, Woojae Kim, as partner for its Seoul office.

Kim joins the O’Melveny from Korea’s Big Six firm, Kim & Chang, where he was partner.

Kim advises Korean companies on their outbound deals. He also acts for international investment banks and private equity clients on transactions involving Korean businesses.

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Kim is registered as a foreign legal consultant in Korea and is admitted to practice in New York. He had previously practiced in New York and Hong Kong. (from

28 October – Withers KhattarWong (Singapore, Singapore)

Withers KhattarWong, the Singapore office of Withers, has hired three lawyers specialising in private wealth, including partners Yeoh Lian Chuan and Koh Chin Chin.

Yeoh and special counsel Wong Wei Ling join Withers KhattarWong from Deloitte Legal’s Singapore firm, Sabara Law, while Koh moves from EY.

Koh specialises in succession planning for family businesses, family governance and family office set-up, advising on tax, legal and governance matters. (from

28 October – IndusLaw (Hyderabad & Mumbai, India)

India’s IndusLaw has added M&A specialist Apurbalal Malik and real estate expert Avikshit Moral as partners in the firm’s Hyderabad and Mumbai offices, respectively.

Malik, who joins from Link Legal and has over 14 years of experience, advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and venture capital.

Meanwhile, Moral advises on conveyancing, real estate financing, title diligence, joint ventures, succession planning, investor protection laws, structured transactions, and related commercial laws. He was recently a partner at Juris Corp. (from

22 October- Sullivan & Cromwell (Hong Kong, China)

Sullivan & Cromwell has welcomed back its Asia M&A/PE head Michael George DeSombre, who will be working from its Hong Kong office. DeSombre has once again assumed his responsibilities from his previous tenure with the firm – aside from leading the Asia M&A/PE practices, he will also helm the Korea team. In addition, the returning partner will serve as coordinator of Sullivan & Cromwell’s Southeast Asia practice. (from

21 October – Tiang & Partners (Hong Kong, China)

Tiang & Partners, a Hong Kong firm that works closely with PwC’s global legal network, has hired Gaven Cheong as head of its investment funds practice from Simmons & Simmons.

Cheong’s previous employers include Herbert Smith Freehills, Clifford Chance, and Sidley Austin. He joins Tiang a couple of months after the firm hired Chiang Ling Li as its IP head.

With over 15 years of experience in funds, Cheong’s practice focuses on the establishment and structuring of various collective investment schemes including hedge funds, real estate funds, and private equity arrangements, and the provision of regulatory advice in relation to investment management activity generally. (from

18 October – Hall & Wilcox (Perth, Australia)

Australian firm Hall & Wilcox has boosted its employment and safety capability with the appointment of new partner Rosemary Roach from major Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Roach, who was a partner at Corrs before becoming a consultant with the firm, will join Hall & Wilcox’s Perth office. (from

15 October – Norton Rose Fulbright (Beijing, China)

International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has expanded its energy and infrastructure team in Beijing with the appointment of corporate partner Jerry Li.

Previously with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Li has 20 years of experience advising oil & gas, renewable energy, and infrastructure companies, as well as financial institutions, on corporate, M&A, joint venture, trading, project financing, credit facility, regulatory, and compliance matters.

Li’s extensive knowledge of the energy and infrastructure sectors in China will bolster Norton Rose’s competitiveness to reach a wider customer base in the world’s largest renewable energy market. (from

13 October – L&L Partners (Mumbai, India)

The Mumbai office of L&L Partners nabbed 12 lawyers, including M&A partner Nishant Singh, from rival IndusLaw. With nearly two decades of experience, Singh specialises in cross-border equity and debt financing transactions including, public takeover, PIPE and going private. (from

13 October – Phoenix Legal (Delhi, India)

India’s Phoenix Legal has hired Harsh Arora as a partner in Delhi from HSA Advocates.

Arora joins Phoenix Legal weeks after Jatin Arora was hired as the head of the firm’s indirect tax practice in Mumbai.

With almost two decades of experience, Arora focuses on banking and finance, restructuring, infrastructure and public-private partnerships. (from

11 October – Dechert (Hong Kong, China)

Dechert announces today the appointment of Daniel Margulies as a partner in the firm’s global financial restructuring practice based in Hong Kong.

A market-leading lawyer with a wealth of knowledge of the Asian market, Daniel has extensive experience in financial restructuring and insolvency matters, distressed asset sales as well as cross-border and special situation financings. Over the past decade and a half as a key member of market-leading financial restructuring practices in Asia, Mr. Margulies has had significant roles on the largest and most complex corporate defaults and restructurings, acting for debtors, creditors, private equity and hedge fund clients. His appointment to lead the firm’s financial restructuring practice in Asia will expand Dechert’s leading emerging markets restructuring practice and build on the firm’s successes in Asia. (from

11 October – Dentons Rodyk & Davidson (Singapore, Singapore)

Singapore’s Dentons Rodyk & Davidson has hired Debby Lim as a partner from boutique firm BlackOak, where she was a director.

A finalist for Woman Lawyer of the Year at the ALB Southeast Asia Law Awards 2021, Lim focuses on restructurings, insolvencies, and commercial litigation. (from

8 October – McDermott Will & Emery (Singapore, Singapore)

McDermott Will & Emery has made its fourth partner hire for its new Asia head office in Singapore. Siddhartha Sivaramakrishnan, a U.S. securities and corportate finance lawyer, has joined from Herbert Smith Freehills. He focuses on capital markets and securities transactions in the Asia Pacific and in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He also has substantial experience in advising on the financing of major energy and infrastructure projects in the region. (from

7 October – Weil, Gotshal & Manges (Hong Kong, China)

U.S. firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges has hired insolvency expert Kathleen Aka as a partner in Hong Kong from Ropes & Gray.

Aka advises on financial restructuring, creditor enforcement, formal insolvency, insolvency litigation, distressed M&A, and distressed secondary debt trading. She joined the Hong Kong office of Ropes & Gray in 2014, and was made a partner in 2018. In 2019, Aka was named on the ALB 40 Under 40 list. (from

7 October – IndusLaw (Mumbai, India)

India’s IndusLaw has grown its corporate practice with the hire of Ravi Kumar as a partner in Mumbai from Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM).

Kumar’s hire comes days after IndusLaw lost Mumbai corporate partner Sudipta Routh to rival L&L Partners.

Kumar advises on public and private M&A, private equity transactions and joint ventures. He spent his entire career at CAM and the legacy Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co. (from

6 October – Allen (Sydney, Australia)

Australia corporate law firm Allens has hired a construction projects partner from another top-tier local firm amid strong demand for infrastructure lawyers. Kip Fitzsimon, who joins Allens’ Sydney office from MinterEllison, specialises in construction and major projects across the infrastructure, property and energy and resources sectors. (from

6 October – ZICO Insights Law (Singapore, Singapore)

ZICO Insights Law, the ZICO Law network’s Singapore member firm, has hired Liu Hern Kuan (L) and Vincent Ooi as the head and deputy head of its tax practice, respectively.

Both Liu and Ooi join from local firm Tan Peng Chin. They are ZICO Insights’ second and third senior lateral hires this year; the firm hired corporate lawyer Jeremiah Huang as a director from RHTLaw in March.

Liu, who has more than 25 years of tax experience, was earlier a partner and head of the tax practice at Singapore Big Four firm Rajah & Tann. He previously worked with Big Four accounting firms KPMG and PwC. (from

6 October – Dentons (Hong Kong, China)

Dentons has hired David Blumenfeld as the head of its Asia-Pacific real estate practice from Paul Hastings, where he held a similar role. He is based in Hong Kong.

Blumenfeld’s clientele includes private equity funds, financial institutions and investment banks. He has experience in equity and debt transactions, and China in-bound and out-bound real estate acquisition, joint venture, and financing transactions. (from

4 October – Goodwin (Hong Kong, China)

Global law firm Goodwin announced today that Phil Culhane and Elyn Xing have joined the firm’s Hong Kong office as partners in the global Private Investment Funds practice. Culhane and Xing previously worked together at an international law firm.

Culhane has over 30 years of experience in advising on the formation of private investment funds. He has particular expertise with representing Asia-based alternative asset managers, from start-up first time funds to established multi-strategy firms.

Xing specializes in advising sponsors of private investment funds, co-investment vehicles and separately managed accounts, covering numerous sectors and strategies, including debt, energy, growth capital and emerging markets funds. (from

4 October – SIAC (Singapore, Singapore)

Former co-head of international arbitration and public law at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Lucy Reed, has stepped into the role of president of the court of arbitration at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). Reed succeeds Gary Born after his third term and six years as SIAC’s president. (from

1 October – White & Case (Tokyo, Japan)

Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice with the addition of Naoya Shiota as a partner in Tokyo.

Naoya is a mergers & acquisitions lawyer who advises global private equity clients and Japanese corporate clients on cross-border and domestic acquisitions and disposals. He has substantial experience advising on transactions in a wide range of sectors, particularly the automotive, technology and entertainment sectors. Naoya joins White & Case from Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, where he was a partner. Naoya is admitted to practice in both Japan and New York. (from

1 October – Dentons (Melbourne, Australia)

Dentons has strengthened its Patents offering with new patent partner Steven Wulff bringing his expertise to the Melbourne office.

Steven specialises in strategic patent and innovation counselling for technology start-up companies. He advises clients across a wide range of industries on patent and intellectual property matters, including patent drafting and prosecution. (from

1 October – Linklaters (Singapore, Singapore)

Linklaters today announced the hire of market-leading energy and construction lawyer Mark Veitch as Head of Asia Construction in its energy and infrastructure practice, based in the firm’s Singapore office.

Mark has over 14 years of specialist construction experience in the energy and infrastructure market, focusing on major projects for downstream hydrocarbons, industrial estates, manufacturing, transport and utility infrastructure and power. He joins the firm from Herbert Smith Freehills where he led their front-end construction practice for Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Mark was a senior associate in the Global Transactions practice at King & Spalding LLP. (from

1 October – Macquarie Group (Sydney, Australia)

KWM Australian M&A Head quits for General Counsel role at a major client. King & Wood Mallesons Australian head of mergers and acquisitions and banking and finance Evie Bruce is leaving the firm to join local bank Macquarie Group. Bruce will join Macquarie in January 2022 as group general counsel and head of legal and governance, and will work alongside incumbent GC Michael Herring until he leaves in May 2022. (from

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