Legal Move Updates (Jan – Mar 2022)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list.

March 2021

30 March – Midosuji LPC (Tokyo, Japan)

Osaka-headquartered Midosuji LPC has hired intellectual property expert Kozo Yabe as a partner in Tokyo from Yuasa & Hara, where he worked for more than three decades.

Besides intellectual property, Yabe focuses on risk management including scandal response, digital technology, and international M&A. He is also an adjunct professor at the College of Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (from

30 March – Kudun and Partners (Bangkok, Thailand)

Thai law firm Kudun and Partners has hired Thanyaluck (Bee) Thongrompo as a partner in the firm’s corporate and M&A practice from accounting firm PKF Tax and Consulting Services.

Thanyaluck specialises in permits, licences, regulatory and compliance work. With more than 18 years of experience – including stints at consulting firms Bolliger & Company and KPMG, and law firms DFDL and Bryan Cave – she also advises on company formation, M&A and due diligence, tax exemptions, personal data protection, IP, and banking services. (from

30 March – Clyde & Co (Singapore, Singapore)

Clyde & Co has hired regulatory and investigations lawyer Weiyi Tan as a partner in Singapore from Harry Elias Partnership.

Tan, who started her career at Drew & Napier, spent more than a decade at Baker McKenzie, leaving that firm in 2018 as a partner. She joined Harry Elias in early 2020.

With experience in investigations into corruption, money laundering, employee misconduct, fraud, and other white-collar offences, Tan assists clients with the response to enforcement and regulatory authorities in the context of government investigations.

In addition to compliance, Tan also has expertise in litigation and arbitration, and has been appointed to the panels of the Singapore Mediation Centre and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. (from

28 March – King & Wood Mallesons (Melbourne, Australia)

King & Wood Mallesons has hired intellectual property partner Kate Hay from Australian corporate firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Melbourne-based Hay has over 20 years of experience in multi-jurisdictional patent, copyright and trademark litigation, and consumer protection litigation, and was head of IP at Corrs. (from

24 March – L&L Partners (Mumbai, India)

India’s L&L Partners has added Ashutosh Narang as a partner in its corporate practice in Mumbai from financial services platform Capital India Finance, where he was general counsel and head of the legal and compliance team.

Narang joined Capital India Finance in 2018 from law firm Link Legal, where he was a partner. He previously worked at AZB & Partners and Wadia Ghandy.

Over a 17-year career, Narang has focused on fintech, digital lending & payments, derivative contracts, structured finance, debt capital market, venture capital and private equity, merger & acquisitions, general corporate transactions, and related advisory. His clients have included funds, corporates, banks, and other financial entities. (from

24 March – King & Wood Mallesons (Perth, Australia)

Asia’s top-tier International Law Firm King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is investing in its vision for connecting Western Australia to Asia, announcing the appointment of four leading practitioners to the Partnership – Lorenzo Pacitti, Peter Vaughan, Antonella Pacitti and Roger Davies.

Lorenzo and Peter are recognised as top practitioners in the energy and resources sector, with decades of experience and were former Global co-heads of Mining and Oil & Gas, respectively. Their appointments late last year further strengthened the already market-leading KWM resources sector team, and their deep experience across the Asia-Pacific Region adds an additional dimension of capability and connectivity across KWM’s top-tier footprint in the region.

This depth will be perfectly complemented with the addition of corporate dealmakers Antonella Pacitti, and the tremendously experienced Roger Davies. Both Roger and Antonella are recognised leaders in corporate Mergers & Acquisitions and Equity Capital Markets transactions, built on an enviable deal track record of working together to deliver for clients. (from

23 March – Khaitan & Co (Singapore, Singapore)

Khaitan & Co, India’s second-largest firm, has added a third partner to its Singapore office, which opened in August last year. Dispute resolution lawyer Kartikey Mahajan joins from the Mumbai office of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co (SAM), where he was a counsel.

Mahajan becomes Khaitan’s first dispute resolution partner in Singapore. The other partners in the office are Anuj Shah, who specializes in M&A and private client work, and Karun Cariappa, a former head of the India practice at Morgan Lewis Stamford.

In an interview with ALB in July last year, Haigreve Khaitan, senior partner at Khaitan, talked about how dispute resolution would be one of the Singapore office’s areas of focus. “International arbitration has become a preferred mode of dispute resolution, with Singapore-seated arbitrations getting an ever-growing lion’s share of that market,” he said. “Today, a majority of SIAC cases involve an Indian party, and many of the disputed contracts are governed by Indian laws. There’s room for us to add even more value to our clients on such matters through our Singapore office, in collaboration with local and global firms.”

Prior to joining SAM in January last year, Mahajan worked with King & Spalding and Kirkland & Ellis in London, and Clifford Chance in Singapore. He has more than 10 years of experience in arbitrations governed by the rules of ICSID, ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, AAA and GAFTA. (from

22 March – Ashurst (Perth, Australia)

Global law firm Ashurst has appointed three partners for its projects and corporate teams in Perth, all of whom are joining from BigLaw rival Norton Rose Fulbright.

Paul Lingard, Miriam D’Souza and Jessica Davies are set to join Ashurst’s office in Perth as part of the global firm’s plans to further develop its focus on the energy and resources sectors.

Mr Lingard was, most recently, the co-head of NRF’s energy group in Asia-Pacific and co-head of energy, infrastructure and resources in Australia. He has been a partner at NRF since 2018, prior to which he was a partner at Clifford Chance and King & Wood Mallesons.

Ms D’Souza has been a partner at NRF for three and a half years, prior to which she spent nearly 16 years at Herbert Smith Freehills. She currently serves as a director of the Australian Gender Equality Council.

Ms Davies has been a partner at NRF for three years and three months, before which she worked at Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy, King & Wood Mallesons and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in New York. (from

21 March – Ashurst (Melbourne, Australia)

Law firm Ashurst has launched a superannuation offering, combining legal, regulatory and risk expertise, with the firm hiring to lead the offering.

Ashurst appointed superannuation lawyer Scott Charaneka as partner. He joins from Thomson Geer where he was head of superannuation and wealth management from 2014. (from

21 March – Clifford Chance (Perth, Australia)

Clifford Chance has hired a major projects and contentious construction partner to join its Perth, Australia, practice as clients’ transition to renewable energy, creating a need for risk mitigation strategies.

Spencer Flay, who joins from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, has 20 years of experience and advises developers, principals, project sponsors and contractors on dispute management and resolution arising from projects in the natural resources, oil and gas, and infrastructure development sectors. (from

17 March – Anthony Siu & Co (Hong Kong, China)

Hong Kong firm Anthony Siu & Co, PRC firm Jia Yuan Law Offices’ association firm in the city, has hired Bonita Chan, an expert in commercial litigation and arbitration, as a partner from Ince.

With more than 25 years of experience, Chan focuses on cross-border dispute resolution, international arbitration, shareholder and company disputes, banking and securities-related litigation, white-collar crime, and contentious regulatory matters.

Chan joined Ince in August 2020 from Han Kun Law Offices’ Hong Kong association firm. Prior to that, she was an of counsel at K&L Gates from 2016 to 2017. She had also worked as at Hong Kong local firm Hastings & Co. for more than eight years starting from 2007. (from

15 March – Kirkland & Ellis (Hong Kong, China)

Kirkland & Ellis has hired another partner for its Hong Kong office. Peng Yu joins the firm from Ropes & Gray, where he was a partner and had practiced for over a decade.

Yu advises private equity firms and corporate clients on buyouts, take privates, growth capital investments, divestitures, joint ventures and private investment in public equity (PIPE) deals. (from

10 March – Saraf and Partners (Delhi, India)

India’s Saraf and Partners has expanded its projects, regulatory and litigation team in Delhi with the addition of Alok Shankar as a partner from HSA Advocates.

Founded last July following a split from L&L Partners, Saraf has been growing steadily. Last month, it expanded its competition law and data privacy practice with the hire of Akshayy S Nanda from Trilegal.

A former lawyer at Luthra & Luthra Law Offices – later to become L&L, Shankar is an expert in regulatory and general disputes in the power and energy sector, mining, aviation, and disputes relating to contractual agreements/ constitutional rights. He joined HSA in May last year, after spending three years at Advaita Legal. (from

10 March – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Hong Kong, China)

Capital markets specialist Howie Farn has joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a partner in Hong Kong from Kirkland & Ellis.

Farn’s practice focuses on capital markets transactions, including pre-IPO and post-IPO financings and investments, as well as various general corporate and regulatory matters related to U.S. securities law. He was a counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett prior to joining Kirkland. (from

10 March – IndusLaw (Mumbai, India)

India’s IndusLaw has hired dispute resolution expert Soura Subha Ghosh as a partner in Mumbai from Hariani & Co.

Ghosh has more than 15 years of experience in commercial civil litigation, dispute resolution, arbitration, mediation, and conciliation. (from

9 March – Ropes & Gray (Hong Kong, China)

Ropes & Gray, a market-leading law firm in Asia, serving clients across the region, announced today that asset management partner Vincent Ip has been named the managing partner of the firm’s Hong Kong office, effective April 1.

Vince succeeds Dan Anderson as part of the firm’s periodic leadership rotation. Dan has been the firm’s Hong Kong managing partner for five years, and will continue to play a senior role and lead the firm’s restructuring and special situations practice in Asia. (from

3 March – Kirkland & Ellis (Hong Kong, China)

Brian Ho, a former executive director of Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), will join Kirkland & Ellis in August as a partner in its transactional practice.

At the SFC, Ho oversaw takeovers and mergers regulations and listing policy matters. He was also a member of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited’s Listing Nominating Committee, before retiring in August last year.

With the addition of Ho, Kirkland will have 32 partners in Hong Kong. Since last year, the office has seen the exits of M&A partner Xiaoxi Lin to Linklaters, financial restructuring specialist Daniel Margulies to Dechert, corporate partner Michael D. Rackham to Latham & Watkins in Singapore, and capital markets expert Li-Chien Wong to HKEx. It also welcomed back Mengyu Lu from Sidley Austin. (from

3 March – Reed Smith (Singapore, Singapore)

Reed Smith has hired Bryan Tan as a partner in Singapore from Pinsent Masons MPillay, where he was head of its technology, media, and telecommunications practice.

Joining Tan in the move to Reed Smith are Pinsent Masons associates Nathanael Lim and Bernice Tian.

With over 20 years legal experience, Tan focuses on TMT transactions, as well as on venture capital investments, cryptocurrency projects, cyber security, data protection and digital trade facilitation matters.

Prior to joining Pinsent Masons in 2013, Tan spent nine years at Singapore boutique Keystone Law Corporation, a firm that he founded. He has also worked at Rajah & Tann, Baker McKenzie, and Allen & Gledhill. (from

3 March – Johnson Winter & Slattery (Brisbane, Australia)

Australian firm Johnson Winter & Slattery has poached the partner-in-charge of Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s Brisbane office, a lawyer who specializes in technology, media and telecommunications, as the firm continues to tap into Australia’s booming tech sector.

Helen Clarke, who will join the firm’s Brisbane office on Monday, was also a member of Corrs’ diversity and inclusion council. (from

3 March – White & Case (Tokyo, Japan)

U.S. firm White & Case has hired Kristian Bradshaw as a local partner in its project development and finance practice in Tokyo. He recently held an in-house role at Japanese oil company INPEX Corporation.

Bradshaw, who has worked in London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, focuses on energy transition matters including renewable energy power projects, hydrogen projects and clean tech-related technologies investments.

Prior to joining INPEX Corporation, Bradshaw worked with law firms Allen & Overy, Ashurst, and Herbert Smith Freehills. (from

3 March – Gadens (Sydney, Australia)

Australian law firm Gadens has hired five lawyers, including a partner from K&L Gates and two special counsel from Norton Rose Fulbright, as it expands its partnership in Sydney and Melbourne.

Savannah Hardingham joins from K&L Gates, where she was an intellectual property partner.

She has experience in the protection, management, exploitation and enforcement of IP rights, including trademarks, copyright and designs and is also experienced in matters relating to the misuse of confidential information, passing off and misleading and deceptive conduct, Gadens said. (from

3 March – Carey Olsen (Singapore, Singapore)

Offshore firm Carey Olsen has hired Tom Katsaros as a consultant in Singapore from rival Maples Group, where he was the head of the firm’s funds and investment management team in the city-state.

Katsaros, who worked with Maples for nearly 14 years across two stints, advises on corporate and commercial law, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and financing transactions.

After initially spending four years at Maples’ Cayman and Channel Islands offices, Katsaros rejoined the firm when it opened its Singapore office in 2012, following a spell at Adelaide’s Kain Corporate and Commercial Lawyers.

Katsaros’ clients include large financial institutions and investment funds sponsors, as well as boutique and start-up investment managers. (from

1 March – Baker McKenzie (Hong Kong, China)

Baker McKenzie continues the rapid growth of its Hong Kong transactional practice with the hire of senior capital markets specialist Thomas Tarala as partner. Thomas brings a wealth of transactional experience to the Firm and will be advising clients on public offerings, private placements of debt and equity securities, secondary offerings, and securitization. This latest hire builds on the recent appointment of Capital Markets partner Victoria Lloyd in July 2021 and virtual asset specialist Joy Lam in January 2022.

Thomas has broad experience in both equity capital markets (ECM) and debt capital markets (DCM) transactions, M&A (including leveraged acquisitions and disposals of private and public companies), funds formation, loans, corporate restructurings, as well as litigation and regulatory issues. As a senior practitioner with over 25 years of experience, he has worked with investment banks, intermediaries and major corporations in Hong Kong SAR, Mainland China, Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States, and he is well-versed in SEC-registered offerings and offerings pursuant to Regulation S and Rule 144A. (from

February 2021

28 February – Herbert Smith Freehills (Sydney, Australia)

Herbert Smith Freehills has poached two financial services partners from top-tier local firm MinterEllison as it seeks opportunities to work with pension funds.

Maged Girgis and Andrew Bradley will join the firm’s Sydney office. (from

28 March – Morgan Lewis (Singapore, Singapore)

Morgan Lewis has launched its Singapore tax practice offering with the hire of a new tax partner, Kai Lee Lau, who joins the firm from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).

In addition to his title as partner at Morgan Lewis, Lau will also become a director at the firm’s merged Singapore brand, Morgan Lewis Stamford. (from

28 February – Shearman & Sterling (Hong Kong, China)

Global law firm Shearman & Sterling today announces the appointment of Wanda Woo as a Capital Markets partner in Hong Kong. Her return to Shearman & Sterling adds to its capital markets offering in the Asian market, further strengthening the firm’s global platform.

Wanda brings extensive experience advising on capital markets transactions in Hong Kong including initial public offerings, share placings, rights offerings and bond offerings, as well as regulatory and compliance matters. Her clients include leading investment banks and companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Wanda has also advised clients on mergers and acquisitions transactions under Hong Kong law. Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Wanda was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. (from

24 February – PDLegal (Singapore, Singapore)

Singapore boutique PDLegal has hired disputes expert Cathryn Neo as a partner in the firm’s international arbitration and China practices from Ashurst ADTLaw, where she was a senior associate.

Neo focuses on international arbitration, insolvency and restructuring, and mediation in the financial, energy and construction sectors. She also assists clients in managing cross-border litigation before Australian, Brunei and Indonesian courts. (from

24 February – AZB & Partners (Mumbai, India)

India’s AZB & Partners has welcomed back Nandish Vyas as a senior partner in Mumbai from Veritas Legal.

Vyas has focused on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, general corporate and private equity matters for more than 15 years.

He began his legal career with AZB in 2006, and was with the firm for close to a decade. (from

24 February – Trilegal (Mumbai, India)

When Nishant Parikh and Sridhar Gorthi were elected co-managing partners of Indian law firm Trilegal, they had grand plans for the firm’s strategic direction. What they didn’t count on, though, was that by April 2020, when their new roles took effect, they would be neck-deep in crisis management.

Trilegal became the second Indian firm to democratically elect new co-managing partners. The industry in India is made up of predominantly family-led firms, but Parikh, Trilegal’s former head of corporate, and Gorthi, a co-founding partner, were chosen by the firm’s partners to lead its operations when the two founding managing partners stepped down from the top leadership role at the end of March 2020. At that time, 55-partner Trilegal already had an elected management committee that comprised Gorthi, Parikh and the firm’s other co-founding partners, Rahul Matthan, Karan Singh and Akshay Jaitly. (from

24 February – Herbert Smith Freehills (Singapore, Singapore)

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has added capital markets specialist Xavier Amadei as a partner in Singapore from Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow.

Amadei is HSF’s second partner hire in a matter of weeks: Project finance specialist Rupert Baker recently re-joined the firm as a partner in Singapore from the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group.

An expert in equity, debt and equity-linked offerings, Amadei joined Baker McKenzie in 2019. Prior to that, he spent nearly 15 years at Linklaters in the U.S., Hong Kong, and Singapore. He was previously at White & Case. (from

17 February – Dentons (Tokyo, Japan)

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, announces that Aragon St-Charles has been appointed as the Firm’s first Global Head of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG).

Aragon will work with Dentons’ global leadership team and Global Board to design and implement the Firmwide ESG strategy, bringing together critically important efforts across the Firm, while coordinating with Stephen Shergold, Chair of the Firm’s Global ESG Steering Committee, responsible for developing market-leading ESG products and services for Dentons’ clients. (from

17 February – Three Crowns (Singapore, Singapore)

Global arbitration law firm Three Crowns has launched an office in Singapore with the hire of Shearman & Sterling’s Singapore office head Daryl Chew.

Singapore will be Three Crowns’ first Asian outfit. Launched in 2014, the firm also has offices in London, Paris, Washington D.C. and Bahrain, and counts 64 lawyers including 15 partners globally.

Chew joins Three Crowns as office managing partner along with Shearman & Sterling associate, Shaun Pereira. He will also be joined by Three Crowns Paris partner Simon Elliot and London counsel Penny Martin, both of whom will transfer from their respective locations. (from

17 February – HKEx (Hong Kong, China)

The Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Market (HKEx) has hired Kirkland & Ellis partner Li-Chien Wong as managing director and co-head of IPO vetting.

Wong is expected to join HKEx in March. She will report to HKEx’s Head of Listing, Bonnie Chan, and work closely with the other co-head, Stephanie Lau to oversee all issuer listing applications.

Wong has had a 25-year career in practice, focusing on corporate and capital markets. Prior to joining Kirkland, she was with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Sidley Austin. (from

16 February – Jones Day (Brisbane, Australia)

International law firm Jones Day has hired partner Dan Howard from Australian firm Clayton Utz to join its energy practice in Brisbane. (from

14 February – McDermott Will & Emery  (Singapore, Singapore)

International law firm McDermott Will & Emery announced today the appointment of Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi as the Asia Chair of the Transactions Practice to lead the Pan-Asian build out of its energy and infrastructure practice. Based in Singapore, Clarinda adds a wealth of experience in projects and finance to a strong pre-existing corporate and finance team covering the entire region.

She joins from Latham & Watkins where she was a former Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Power Industry Group and launched its Women Enhancing Business initiative across Asia.

Clarinda specialises in international project development and finance and has over two decades of experience in advising, developers, sponsors, commercial lenders, multilateral agencies, export credit agencies and governments on a wide range of projects, including many of Asia’s landmark power, oil & gas, petrochemicals, infrastructure and mining projects. (from

13 February – Hall & Wilcox (Sydney, Australia)

Australian firm taps into infrastructure boom with international partner poaching. Hall & Wilcox has hired real estate Jennifer Degotardi and a team of three other lawyers from K&L Gates. (from

13 February – MinterEllison (Sydney, Australia)

MinterEllison appoints Simon Harvey as partner in infrastructure, construction and property practice, Simon has over 20 years’ experience as an infrastructure development and construction lawyer, with extensive experience advising on global energy (including renewable energy), water and other infrastructure projects.

Simon joins MinterEllison from Reed Smith, Dubai, where he led the transactional infrastructure practice. His international experience also extends to working in the Russian Federation, as well as advising on projects across the Middle East and Central Europe. (from

10 February – Saraf and Partners (Delhi, India)

India’s Saraf and Partners has hired Akshayy S Nanda as a partner in the firm’s competition law and data privacy practice in Delhi from Trilegal.

Nanda joins Saraf and Partners, established in July last year, as the firm continues to bulk up. In October, Saraf hired real estate partners Sachit Mathur, Ajay Bhadu, and Astha Singh Trehan in Delhi, and banking and finance partner Sagar Manju in Mumbai in October.

Nanda, who has nearly 15 years of experience, advises clients on competition law issues including cartel enforcement, abuse of dominance, merger control, leniency applications, competition law audits, and compliance. (from

10 February – Watson Farley & Williams (Hong Kong, China)

London-headquartered Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has hired Jonathan Silver, an expert in assets and structured finance, as a partner in its Hong Kong office from offshore law firm Maples Group.

A former head of the North Asia shipping practice at Norton Rose Fulbright, Silver has more than 18 years of experience advising on general banking and finance matters, working capital loans, syndicated and bilateral lending, secured lending, structured trade and commodity finance, debt capital markets and alternative finance. He also advises on the debt financing of ships, ship sale-and-leaseback lease finance, sale and purchase of ships, and other commercial shipping contracts.

Silver joined Maples in 2019 after nearly 15 years at Norton Rose across two spells on either side of a stint as partner at independent Hong Kong law firm Howse Williams (then known as Howse Williams Bowers) between 2013 and 2014. (from

10 February – Mourant (Hong Kong, China)

Offshore firm Mourant has added disputes and insolvency lawyer Michael Popkin as a partner to its litigation team in Hong Kong from rival Campbells, where he was a counsel.

Popkin, who has close to three decades of legal experience, advises clients on contentious issues arising out of investment and commercial disputes.

Prior to joining Campbells, Popkin worked for more than a decade with Allens in Australia, and also had stints at Siam Premier International Law Office and DFDL in Thailand and Cambodia, respectively. (from

10 February – LawPlus (Bangkok, Thailand)

Corporate lawyer Paul Westover has joined Thai firm LawPlus as a partner in Bangkok from Stephenson Harwood, where he previously led the Greater China corporate group.

Westover spent about 25 years at Stephenson Harwood in two spells on either side of a stint at Hong Kong’s Tanner de Witt between 2005 and 2010. He advises on corporate/commercial matters in Asia with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, specifically cross border, joint ventures, private equity and inward investment into the region. (from

10 February – Herbert Smith Freehills (Singapore, Singapore)

Leading international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has hired Rupert Baker as partner, adding specialist Asia project finance expertise as part of its broader expansion of that practice within the region.

A firm alumnus, Rupert advises sponsors, investors and financiers on all aspects of project financing in Asia Pacific. This includes financing greenfield projects and brownfield asset refinancing as well as financing related aspects of secondary market acquisitions.

He worked most recently at SoftBank Group Corp. as Senior Counsel and Head of Legal, Project Finance & Energy. (from

9 February – Lander & Rogers (Sydney, Australia)

Growing corporate law firm Lander & Rogers has poached the founder and leader of KPMG’s commercial law practice, David Morris, as the exodus of leading lawyers from the big four consultancies continues.

Three senior lawyers from Mr Morris’ mergers and acquisitions team at KPMG are also jumping ship to Landers, signalling the law firm’s aggressive growth of both its Sydney office and its broader M&A and equity capital markets practices. (from

8 February – Herbert Smith Freehills (Melbourne, Australia)

Leading law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has signed up PwC partner Cameron Whittfield for its technology practice.

The move has been revealed internally at HSF, but it has yet to be announced to the market and his profile remains on PwC’s website.

Whittfield, who takes on his new role in March, will help drive the firm’s global ambitions in the technology, cyber security and digital space. He is the second partner to join HSF’s technology arm in Australia this year. (from

8 February- White & Case (Sydney, Australia)

Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its Global Project Development and Finance Practice with the addition of partner Joanne Emerson Taqi in Sydney.

Joanne is a project development lawyer with experience advising on a wide range of construction and project agreements in the infrastructure, utilities and real estate sectors. She advises on all types of developments, including commercial, industrial, domestic, public private partnerships and all forms of contracts, including the FIDIC and NEC suite of agreements and the Australian Standards. Joanne brings more than 20 years’ experience and joins White & Case from Norton Rose Fulbright, where she was a partner. (from

8 February – Rita Ku & Solicitors (Hong Kong, China)

Sharon Ser, a senior regional partner at Withers specialising in divorce and family law, has announced that she will join recently launched Hong Kong boutique firm Rita Ku & Solicitors (RKS).

RKS, which specialises in family law, was established by Rita Ku, a former partner at Withers. Joining Ku in her new venture are four former Withers associates.

In a LinkedIn post, Ser wrote: “Later this year I will join Rita Ku in her HK boutique life solutions family law firm, where I will be able to combine my legal career with a growing commitment to charitable work. I was Rita’s mentor some 20 years ago and she became a long-time friend and business partner.” (from

7 February – K&L Gates (Melbourne, Australia)

Global law firm K&L Gates continues to grow its Australian labour, employment and workplace safety team with the addition of partner Dominic Fleeton, who returns to K&L Gates’ Melbourne office from Kingston Reid.

An experienced safety and industrial relations lawyer and litigator, Fleeton works across a range of industries, including construction, to help clients achieve their goals, and is known for his ability to balance the robust pursuit and defence of claims and the management of clients’ reputational outcomes. (from

4 February – MinterEllison (Sydney, Australia)

MinterEllison is delighted to welcome new Partner, Amela McPherson, to the Finance Solutions team. Amela has over 15 years of experience specialising in finance across top tier law firms and within major financial institutions. A MinterEllison alumnus, she re-joins MinterEllison after several years in the inhouse legal team at Westpac Institution Bank.

Amela, who is based in Sydney, brings her experience in corporate lending, leveraged finance and corporate finance, alongside project and real estate finance. (from

4 February – Johnson Winter & Slattery (Sydney, Australia)

Leading independent law firm Johnson Winter & Slattery has bolstered its tax practice with the lateral hires of two new partners in Sydney, Matthew Shanahan and Annemarie Wilmore.

Infrastructure and projects tax specialist Matthew Shanahan joined the team on 1 January 2022 from Deloitte, where he was a partner. Matthew is widely recognised as one of the “go to” infrastructure tax specialists in the Australian market. He brings more than 22 years’ experience advising large corporates on infrastructure, M&A, property, funds management, banking, tax disputes and international tax matters, gained through his experience in professional services firms and working in a leading infrastructure advisory team at an international investment bank.

Annemarie Wilmore specialises in tax dispute resolution, bringing 17 years’ experience. She has advised on high-profile tax disputes and litigation for a range of clients, including those in the resources, technology, infrastructure and pharmaceutical sectors. Annemarie’s expertise includes advising clients at all stages of a tax dispute, from an initial assessment of tax risk in potential transactions through to reviews, audits, objections and appeals. She joined the firm on Monday 17 January 2022 from KPMG Law where she was Director in its Tax Controversy Team, and has previously worked at PwC and the ATO. (from 

3 February – Gilbert + Tobin (Sydney, Australia)

Gilbert + Tobin has appointed one of the world’s leading climate change lawyers, Ilona Millar, as a partner in its Banking + Projects practice.
Ilona joins from Baker McKenzie, where she was a partner and global head of the Climate Change Practice. She has extensive experience in advising on carbon market transactions and helping clients respond to climate change risks and opportunities.

Ilona’s recruitment strengthens G+T’s reputation as a leading Australian advisor on all legal aspects of climate change and ESG matters. It positions G+T to be the go-to firm for carbon markets transactions, decarbonisation and energy transition projects, climate risk governance and climate litigation. (from

3 February – Herbert Smith Freehills (Brisbane, Australia)

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathryn Pacey as a partner in the firm’s market-leading Real Estate practice in Brisbane.

Kathryn, who starts at Herbert Smith Freehills in early February, joins from Clayton Utz where she has been a partner for 10 years. At Clayton Utz, Kathryn was the National Practice Group Leader of the Environment and Planning team.

Kathryn specialises in environmental assessment, major project approvals, incident management and compliance, planning litigation and regulatory issues. She also has extensive experience in managing investigations and assisting clients on environmental issues arising from M&A transactions.  (from

2 February – Allens (Sydney, Australia)

Allens has appointed Ellen Thomas as a Partner in its tax practice, strengthening the practice’s expertise in mergers and acquisitions and finance transactions.

Over her 20 year career, Ellen has advised on a range of domestic and international M&A transactions, corporate restructures, post-acquisition integrations, international tax planning, distressed debt transactions, infrastructure investments and financial arrangements.

Ellen’s appointment will support the firm’s growth strategy and is an important step in growing the tax practice. Ellen joins Allens from PWC where she was a partner and head of the PwC Tax Deals Team.  (from

2 February – Allen & Overy (Perth, Australia)

Allen & Overy has announced Derek Chia as the new Head of the Advanced Delivery Centre in Australia, which is due to open in the second quarter of 2022.

Derek, a senior Australian legal practitioner, joins A&O from Herbert Smith Freehills and will lead a team of associates and legal support professionals, providing high quality, cost-efficient support to Allen & Overy legal teams around the world.

The new centre, to be based in Perth, Western Australia, will provide technology-enabled support on areas such as due diligence, document review, eDiscovery, regulatory-filings, as well as general transaction support and management.

The new centre will comprise senior associates, associates and legal support professionals, as well as dedicated project management and eDiscovery specialists and will build on the success of A&O Belfast, which opened in 2011. The team will integrate seamlessly with the Belfast office, providing increased language and legal skills, increased capacity and broader time-zone coverage for A&O’s network. (from

January 2021

31 January – Wotton + Kearney (New Zealand)

Native Insurance coverage agency poaches 18 legal professionals from DLA Piper in New Zealand.

Specialist insurance coverage agency Wotton + Kearney has poached an 18-strong crew from DLA Piper in New Zealand to turn into the biggest insurance coverage and dispute decision agency within the nation.

The crew, together with companions Peter Leman, Caroline Laband and Misha Henaghan, will be a part of the agency on Tuesday. (from

31 January – Ashurst (Sydney, Australia)

Ashurst is already ranked as a leading firm in Financial Regulation in Australia, having been recognised by Chambers with a Band 1 ranking for many years. The appointment of Narelle reflects Ashurst’s commitment to leading the market in this area.

With three decades of experience in financial services regulation, Narelle is widely recognised as a leader in the field. She has advised both domestic and international financial services providers on regulatory compliance, investigations and enforcement proceedings and M&A transactions in the financial sector.

Narelle’s experience extends to financial services, credit, privacy, anti-money laundering, fraud, bribery and corruption. She has overseen complex, large-scale, multi-faceted investigations, devised effective remediation programs, and managed the regulatory issues arising on financial services projects and corporate transactions.

With a client base encompassing the leading banks, BNPL providers, other financiers, payment service providers and technology companies, Narelle has acted on many regulatory firsts. She is a longstanding advisor to the Reserve Bank, which she has advised on payment systems reform for almost 20 years. (from

31 January – Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Sydney, Australia)

Australian law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth has tightened its grip on rival Allen & Overy’s banking and finance team, securing another pair of senior lawyers.

Corrs boss Gavin MacLaren told staff on Monday afternoon that the firm had hired James Abbott and Simon Huxley, both Allen & Overy partners, to work alongside their former colleague and new Corrs recruit Adam Stapledon.

MacLaren told staff that Abbott specialised in project, corporate and acquisition financings, including in the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors, while Huxley specialised in construction and commercial matters including complex project finance and M&A matters. (from

28 January – Rita Ku & Solicitors (Hong Kong, China)

Highly regarded litigator Rita Ku has left Withers’ Hong Kong office after more than 11 years to set up her own family law boutique, taking a trio of associates with her.

Ku, who has been a partner at Withers since 2012, said on LinkedIn she was ‘delighted to embark on a new journey with the establishment of my firm, Rita Ku & Solicitors (RKS).’

Senior associate Elaine Chung and associates Natalie Leong and Sarina Cheung have moved over from Withers alongside her, with the rest of RKS’ team made up of senior associate Sindy Wong, who has joined from HSBC but before that was also an associate at Withers, and client solutions director Leo Leung. (from

27 January – Jones Day (Melbourne, Australia)

The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Lisa Taliadoros has been appointed Partner-in-Charge of its Melbourne Office. Ms. Taliadoros joined Jones Day’s Sydney Office in 2010, and in 2018 returned to Melbourne, her home town, to assist in establishing Jones Day’s fourth Australian office. She was appointed as Australian Chair of the Jones Day Global Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement Committee in 2015.

Ms. Taliadoros has led the Intellectual Property Practice in Australia since 2018. The practice was recently ranked as a leader in the Chambers and Partners 2022 Asia-Pacific Guide.

Ms. Taliadoros’ practice focuses on global intellectual property disputes, including in relation to patents, trademarks, copyright, and consumer law/passing off. In particular, she acts in the Australian and New Zealand chapters of multijurisdictional patent litigation in relation to pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices, including in a number of landmark High Court cases. She also advises clients on intellectual property issues in high-value international corporate transactions across a range of sectors including energy and resources, banking, consumer products, and healthcare. (from

27 January – Peter & Kim (Seoul, Korea)

International disputes firm Peter & Kim has hired arbitration expert Seokchun Yun as a partner in Seoul from Kim & Chang.

Yun’s practice focuses on cross-border arbitration and litigation, international trade, international taxation, and shareholder disputes. He joined Kim & Chang in May 2020 as a partner from fellow Korean Big Six firm Bae Kim & Lee (BKL). (from

25 January – Milbank (Seoul, Korea)

Milbank LLP is pleased to announce that David K. Cho, one of the leading corporate and M&A lawyers focused on South Korea, has joined the firm as a partner in the firm’s Global Corporate Group. Temporarily based in Los Angeles, Mr. Cho will ultimately be based in the firm’s Seoul’s office where he will lead the office as Managing Partner. Mr. Cho will be joined by special counsel Spencer Park and associates Amos Yoo and Susan Yoon.

Mr. Cho’s market-leading practice focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as other corporate finance and capital market transactions including public offerings registered with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and Rule 144A / Regulation S offerings. Mr. Cho has extensive experience working with multinational clients, including major Asian companies, on international transactions spanning a wide array of sectors, such as private equity, ESG, technology, life-sciences, manufacturing and energy. (from

25 January – DLA Piper (Melbourne, Australia)

Global law firm DLA Piper has today confirmed the appointment of Sallie Bowtell as a Melbourne-based partner in our real estate practice.

Sallie is joining from Moray & Agnew, where she specialises in major property projects, acting for institutional developers, foreign investors and developers, and listed and unlisted property trusts. (from

24 January – Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Sydney, Australia)

Australia’s leading independent law firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, has today announced that prominent banking and finance practitioner Adam Stapledon is joining the firm, based in Sydney.

Adam is currently the Head of Allen & Overy’s Debt and Projects practice in Australia. He has more than two decades of experience working with sponsors and lenders in Australia and the Asia Pacific, across project and acquisition finance, infrastructure, energy and resources, and syndicated lending. He covers the full spectrum of financing, including capital markets, banks and private credit, and has particular expertise in implementing complex multi-source financing structures. (from

20 January – Lavan (Perth, Australia)

Lavan is coming into 2022 strong with several new senior appointments.

The firm brought in a three-strong team led by partner Bruno Di Girolami to beef up its employment, safety and education practice. Di Girolami was joined by special counsel Sharon Payn and associate Anna Lee.

Di Girolami and his team are experienced advisors when it comes to current workplace-related concerns like flexible workforces, vaccination strategies, discrimination and sexual misconduct, complex employment and safety litigation and COVID-19 restrictions on global mobility and migration. Di Girolami himself has played roles in significant employment and health and safety cases that have been brought before a variety of courts and tribunals. (from

20 January – Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Melbourne & Perth, Australia)

Australia’s leading independent law firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, has today announced that it has appointed two new partners to its Energy & Natural Resources practice, with Tracey Greenaway joining the firm in Perth and Anthony Lepere joining in Melbourne.

Tracey is a specialist in the energy sector with extensive experience advising on a wide range of project developments, joint ventures and M&A transactions. She has more than 20 years’ international experience with a particular focus on oil and gas and LNG. Tracey’s experience includes advising on upstream oil & gas exploration and development, midstream transportation and storage infrastructure, large scale LNG import and export infrastructure transactions and commodities marketing and trading.

Tracey is joining Corrs from Allens where she has been a partner for almost a decade. In addition to her experience in private practice, Tracey worked as a senior in-house counsel with Shell for eight years in Europe and Australia. As a result she is a leading specialist in the sector who combines in-depth industry knowledge with a focus on commerciality.

Anthony specialises in corporate and project development in the energy and resources sector. He is a trusted advisor to mining industry stakeholders and regularly works with management teams and governments on business-critical issues. He undertakes a wide variety of commercial work, including in relation to the energy transition and the regulation of digital assets. Anthony has joined Corrs from Shearman & Sterling in London, where he was a partner in the global energy and infrastructure practice. (from

20 January – Seyfarth Shaw (Hong Kong, China)

U.S. law firm Seyfarth Shaw has hired TMT expert Paul Haswell as a partner in Hong Kong from Pinsent Masons, where he worked for nearly 15 years.

Haswell’s practice focuses on telecoms projects and commercial contracts relating to technology, data, outsourcing, supply chain, cryptocurrency, blockchain, and licensing. (from

18 January – Simmons & Simmons (Beijing, China)

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has announced that Ruina Liu has joined the firm as a partner in its technology, media, and telecom practice in China.

This appointment furthers the growth of the firm’s TMT practice as well as continues to build on its multi-practice presence in China covering transactions, compliance and IP.

Ruina joins the firm from Han Kun Law Office, where she focused on corporate M&A and private equity transactions and, compliance in relation to TMT and life sciences clients. She has advised these clients on matters across the telecommunications, internet, e-commerce, IT, media and entertainment, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology spaces. She also covered a wide range of work encompassing foreign direct investment, private public partnership, capital markets, infrastructure and project finance, real estate, employment and intellectual property in China. (from

17 January – Linklaters (Singapore, Singapore)

Linklaters has hired a partner from US rival Morgan Lewis & Bockius to set up an investment funds practice in Singapore, its third Asia partner lateral in a month.

Joel Seow brings experience advising sponsors in Asia on the establishment of private investment funds across asset classes and jurisdictions, with a particular focus on private equity, venture capital, real estate and infrastructure, as well as hedge funds and special situations funds. (from

17 January – Baker McKenzie (Hong Kong, China)

Leading virtual assets and investment funds lawyer Joy Lam has joined Baker McKenzie’s Financial Services Practice in Hong Kong, where she will advise clients on virtual asset funds, tokenized offerings, and the development of infrastructure that support the virtual assets ecosystem.

Joy has market leading virtual assets experience and has acted on several ground breaking transactions including advising on Asia’s first open-ended tokenized fund, Asia’s first close-ended tokenized fund and securing the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission’s first approval for a virtual assets fund that permits subscriptions and redemptions to be effected in cryptocurrency. Joy’s significant experience also includes advising on virtual asset funds, non-fund tokenized offerings, and the complex and rapidly evolving regulatory requirements for managing investments in virtual assets and operating secondary exchanges for virtual assets.  (from

17 January – Karas (Hong Kong, China)

Karas LLP in association with Mishcon de Reya is pleased to announce a significant addition to the firm’s regional dispute resolution and private wealth offering with the arrival of Kevin So as a Partner.

Kevin has an outstanding track record in the Hong Kong disputes space, particularly in handling various high-stakes contentious trust and international succession matters, and various probate, family and mental health disputes. His arrival further enhances the market leading dispute resolution practice and private wealth capability of Karas LLP, and perfectly complements the wider offering of Mishcon de Reya.

The team joining Karas LLP with Kevin includes two senior associates (Geoffrey Lai and Veronica So) and two associate level lawyers (Jamie Chan and Tricia Yu). (from

14 January – Christopher & Lee Ong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Christopher & Lee Ong warmly welcomes Annette Soh and Daphne Lam to the Firm.

Annette Soh joins the Capital Market Practice as co-head, bringing with her a wealth of experience in the field of equity capital markets, acquisitions and disposals, mergers and demergers, and joint ventures. Annette is also a member of the Bar Council Corporate and Commercial Law Committee (CCLC), and she heads the Securities Commission Sub-Committee.

Daphne lam brings extensive experience in this field, having successfully advised on numerous IPOs as well as equity and debt securities offerings. She has advised clients from a wide range of industries from industrial automation solutions providers, to those in the construction and manufacturing industries, in relation to their corporate exercises. Daphne’s expertise also extends to matters involving takeovers, mergers and acquisitions, commercial property transactions, and joint ventures. (from

14 January – Tencent (Hong Kong, China)

A Hong Kong-based Slaughter and May partner has left the firm to take on a senior legal advisor in-house role at Tencent, the Chinese multinational technology and entertainment conglomerate known for developing the instant messaging app WeChat.

Corporate finance and M&A partner Charlton Tse left the firm at the end of 2021 to take on the role at Shenzhen-headquartered Tencent, according to a person with knowledge of the move.

Tse was promoted to partner in 2014 and he had a notable role in building the firm’s corporate and investment banking client relationships in both Hong Kong and the PRC. (from

14 January – Tjajo & Partners (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Indonesian boutique Tjajo & Partners has added capital markets expert Ken Prasadtyo as a partner in Jakarta from Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners (HHP), Baker McKenzie’s Indonesia member firm, where he worked for more than a decade.

Additionally focusing on M&A and financial services, Prasadtyo represents international banks and financial institutions, and various business groups.

Prasadtyo, who began his legal career at HHP, was named on ALB’s Indonesia Rising Stars list for 2021. (from

13 January – LC Lawyers (Hong Kong, China)

Hong Kong’s LC Lawyers, a member of the EY global network, has hired corporate finance expert Li Fai as a partner from PRC firm Jingtian & Gongcheng.

Li has extensive experience in IPOs, enterprise restructuring, private equity finance, and corporate compliance. He has advised various mainland Chinese companies on their Hong Kong IPOs and also guided Hong-Kong listed companies on their restructuring and M&A projects, spanning industries like manufacturing, retailing, food, media, medicine, and energy. (from

12 January – RPC (Hong Kong, China)

London-based law firm RPC has hired the co-head of Ashurst’s Korea practice in Hong Kong to lead its newly-formed Korea desk.

Peter Kwon brings experience advising Korean financial institutions, industrial conglomerates and investment funds in major cross-border disputes, as well in securities regulatory matters. (from

12 January – Withers (Singapore, Singapore)

Tien Gui Koh joins Withers in Singapore as a partner from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, which will have five lawyers, including one partner, remaining.

Koh represents hotel operators, developers and owners of hotel developments and serviced apartments. He advises on hotel management, franchise and leasing arrangements, joint ventures and real-property, providing advice related to hotel operations and disputes. (from

11 January – Gateway Law (Singapore, Singapore)

King & Spalding and Norton Rose Fulbright have lost two veteran partners to Singapore boutique firms Gateway Law Corporation and Breakpoint LLC. Both local firms focus on providing litigation and arbitration representation.

Simon Dunbar leaves King & Spalding along with counsel, Kevin Lim, to join Gateway Law Corporation. Established in 2006, Gateway focuses on intellectual property, real estate and technology disputes. With its new hires, the firm counts 11 lawyers including three directors. (from

11 January – Charles Russell Speechlys (Hong Kong, China)

London-headquartered Charles Russell Speechlys (CRS) has hired family law specialist Lisa Wong as a partner in Hong Kong from local boutique Boase Cohen & Collins.

Wong focuses on all aspects of matrimonial law. She also advises on matters in relation to surrogacy and parental orders, jurisdictional disputes, as well as same-sex relationship disputes. Wong joined Boase Cohen in 2010, and became a partner in 2014. (from

5 January – Cooley (Singapore, Singapore)

Cooley has hired a top lawyer from Goldman Sachs in Singapore—the law firm’s first capital markets partner in the city-state.

Tim Pitrelli served as a Singapore-based executive director and senior counsel in the investment banking division at Goldman. He has significant experience in IPOs and other regional and international cross-border transactions, as well as a comprehensive knowledge of the Singapore and Southeast Asia markets, the firm said. (from

5 January – Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton (Shanghai, China)

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has appointed Charles Gray managing partner of its office in Shanghai. He succeeds Kris Reed, who had served in that role since 2017.

Gray, who leads the firm’s Asia patent practice, has been with Kilpatrick for nearly 15 years and was a founding member of the Shanghai office when it opened in February 2017. His practice focuses on patent counseling and prosecution of both U.S. and international patent applications. (from

4 January – Withers (Hong Kong, China)

Withers has added a partner in Hong Kong as part of the launch of a global asset finance practice.

Paul Jebely joins as head of Withers’ new global asset finance practice, according to a firm statement. He was previously at U.S.-based firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he was a partner for five years and served as managing partner of the Hong Kong office as well as co-chair of the firm’s private wealth and asset finance practices. (from

3 January – Mayer Brown (Singapore, Singapore)

Mayer Brown announced today that Soumitro Mukerji has joined its Banking & Finance practice as a partner in Singapore. He joins from Hogan Lovells in Singapore, and previously practiced in London at Linklaters.

Mr. Mukerji has nearly 15 years of experience advising on complex banking and finance matters, including fund-level financing, leveraged and acquisition financing, general corporate financing and structured lending. His clientele includes banks, financial institutions, funds, corporates and financial advisors across the credit spectrum. (from

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