Legal Move Updates (Apr – Jun 2023)

Hughes-Castell Legal Move Updates Lateral Hire, Par

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list.


22 Jun – Hogan Lovells (Singapore, Singapore)

Hogan Lovells has named corporate partner and India practice co-head Biswajit Chatterjee as managing partner of its Singapore office.

From July 1 Chatterjee will succeed corporate and finance partner Alex Wong, who has been head of the firm’s Singapore office since 2020. Wong is due to leave the partnership to become a judicial commissioner of the Singapore Supreme Court beginning August 1. (from

21 Jun – Ashurst (Melbourne, Australia)

Partner Neil Pathak will leave Australia’s Gilbert + Tobin and join Ashurst as head of its Australian mergers and acquisition practice. He will be joined by Susannah Macknay, who is also coming across from G+T.

The highly-regarded Pathak has worked on some of the largest public M&A and private equity transactions in Australia for over 25 years. His practice covers the full range of M&A/corporate transactions, with a particular focus on listed company takeovers, cross-border acquisitions, private equity deals and corporate governance advice. (from

19 Jun – Bird & Bird (Sydney, Australia)

Bird & Bird has become the largest dedicated sports practice in Australia with the hire of partner Brianna Quinn for its Sydney office, its second Australia hire in a week.

Quinn spent more than a decade at Swiss arbitration firm Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler before returning to Australia and joining Bird & Bird on June 1. (from

19 Jun – Han Kun Law Offices (Singapore, Singapore)

Beijing-based Han Kun Law Offices has hired Duane Morris & Selvam’s Singapore-based director Lan Yu as a partner for its newly-opened Singapore office.

The lateral hire comes four days after Han Kun announced the official opening of its office in Singapore, marking the Chinese firm’s first international foray beyond Greater China. Its Singapore outfit, which is headed by corporate partner Dafei Chen, is the firm’s third new office in just 18 months. (from

19 Jun – Charles Russell Speechlys (Hong Kong, China)

Charles Russell Speechlys has added a partner to its Hong Kong office.

Vanessa Duff, who has spent the last 15 years at Withers and was most recently a senior associate, joins the firm to focus on family law including issues arising from divorce, financial arrangements and separation, custody, child maintenance, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements.  (from

16 Jun – AZB & Partners (Mumbai, India)

Indian law firm AZB & Partners has welcomed back aviation lawyer Sarah Jayne Rufus as a partner in Mumbai from airline IndiGo, where she was associate general counsel.

With about two decades of experience, Rufus advises on M&A, securities Law, and banking and finance within the aviation sector. Her first stint with AZB was from 2006 to 2010, before she moved to S&R Associates, and then to IndiGo in 2015. Rufus earlier worked for New Delhi Law Offices.  (from

15 Jun – King & Wood Mallesons (Melbourne, Australia)

King & Wood Mallesons has hired a construction partner from Australian law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Melbourne-based Jane Hider has more than 20 years’ experience, and specialises in major projects and procurement, real estate development and transport and energy infrastructure.  (from

14 Jun – Simmons & Simmons (Singapore, Singapore)

Trade finance specialist Angelia Chia has left Mayer Brown to join fellow UK law firm Simmons & Simmons as a partner in Singapore.

Chia joined Mayer Brown in 2017 from Standard Chartered Bank, where she was the global head of legal for trade. At that firm, she co-led its trade finance practice launch in Singapore.

With more than 25 years of experience, Chia advises on trade and supply chain financing, including risks and disputes arising from trade in multiple jurisdictions. Prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank, she worked as an in-house counsel with Cargill and JP Morgan. (from

14 Jun – Mayer Brown (Tokyo, Japan)

Mayer Brown has bolstered its corporate and securities practice in Japan with the hire of Greenberg Traurig M&A partner Eiji Kobayashi.

Kobayashi, who joins Mayer Brown’s corporate and securities practice in Tokyo, has more than 20 years of experience specializing in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as regulatory and investigation matters in the technology, automobile, real estate and life sciences sectors.  (from

14 Jun – Bird & Bird (Sydney, Australia)

Bird & Bird has appointed banking and finance lawyer Tim Macmillan as a new partner for its financial and financial regulation practices in Sydney.

Macmillan, who joins from Australian firm Mills Oakley, specializes in corporate finance, project finance and real estate finance, with a strong borrower and sponsor-side focus. (from

13 Jun – DLA Piper & Dentons (Melbourne, Australia)

DLA Piper and Dentons have separately hired one partner each from Australian firm Holding Redlich.

DLA Piper has hired projects partner Tony Rutherford to join its Melbourne office and bolster its construction capabilities. (from

12 Jun – K&L Gates (Tokyo, Japan)

K&L Gates added finance lawyer Dominic Gregory as a partner in Tokyo. Gregory, who joins from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner where he was a partner, will be part of K&L Gates’ global finance practice from Japan.

Qualified in Hong Kong and the U.K., Gregory has been a lawyer for almost three decades, dating back to his time as a lawyer at Clifford Chance in 1994. He specializes in project financings and project development work, as well as restructuring, and asset, real estate and acquisition-related finance. His practice covers all forms of renewable energy and conventional projects, including mining, oil and gas, nuclear and petrochemicals transactions. (from

12 Jun – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld (Hong Kong, China)

U.S. law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld said it has added partner Tarun Warriar to its special situations and private credit team in Hong Kong, less than a month after losing its restructuring head in the city to rival DLA Piper.

Warriar was most recently a managing director at global investment firm Varde Partners. Before that, he was a restructuring partner at Kirkland & Ellis, Akin Gump said in a statement. (from

9 Jun – Sabara Law (Singapore, Singapore)

Sabara Law, a member firm of Deloitte Legal in Singapore, has added intellectual property to its practice by hiring intellectual property lawyer Gretchen Su as a director from Withers KhattarWong, where she was most recently a partner.

Su is now the fifth lawyer of Sabara Law, which advises areas including data protection, mergers and acquisitions and financial services regulatory. (from

8 Jun- Linklaters (Hong Kong, China)

Linklaters has strengthened its Hong Kong practice with the hire of corporate lawyer Roger Cheng, a senior corporate finance division director and the head of the takeovers team at the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong Kong.

Joining Linklaters as a partner, Cheng will officially start his new role in August this year. (from

7 Jun – Herbert Smith Freehills (Tokyo, Japan)

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Tokyo-based partner Graeme Preston, who is currently the firm’s head of corporate in Asia, has been named as its new Asia managing partner, succeeding disputes lawyer May Tai, who was appointed in 2020.

Tai will continue to practice at the firm as a consultant focusing on her personal arbitral practice and other projects from September this year, when Preston is scheduled to assume his new role, the firm said in a statement. (from

7 Jun – Withers (Hong Kong, China)

Leading international law firm Withersworldwide has announced the appointment of Jocelyn Tsao, partner and head of the Hong Kong divorce and family team, as Managing Director of its Hong Kong office, making her the youngest Managing Director of Withers’ 17 global offices.
Stepping into the role of Managing Director, Jocelyn brings her exceptional experience and knowledge in legal practice and management. She is known for her strategic and forward-thinking vision, strong client relationships and being commercially astute and personable.

Jocelyn has been with Withers for over a decade and has led the Hong Kong divorce and family team since 2022. She heads both the firm’s Environment and Pro bono committees in APAC and is actively involved in the firm’s Well-being committee. (from

6 Jun- Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (Delhi, India)

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has hired technology specialist Gauhar Mirza as a partner in Delhi from Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.

With over 13 years of experience, Mirza advises corporate clients in technology, construction, automobile and other manufacturing sectors. He also advises on financing on arbitration and litigation involving IT and Criminal Law matters. Mirza has represented clients before different tribunals – including arbitral tribunals – and at different levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of India. (from

6 Jun – Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (Singapore, Singapore)

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has hired M&A lawyer George Cyriac as a partner in Singapore from Stephenson Harwood, where he led the Asia private equity and Indonesia practices.

Cyriac advises multinational and Asian companies, private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, state-owned enterprises, and investment and commercial banks on cross-border transactions including investments, disposals, and restructurings across Southeast Asia and South Asia. He joined Stephenson Harwood in Singapore in 2015 from White & Case, and earlier worked for U.S. firm Fried Frank in New York. (from

6 Jun – J Sagar Associates (Gurugram, India)

India’s J Sagar Associates (JSA) has hired a four-member M&A and PE team in Mumbai, led by equity partner Siddharth Mody, from Desai & Diwanji.

The other members are retained partner Rahul Deodhar, principal associate Prerana Chaudhari, and associate Abhishek Singh.

With over 20 years of experience, Mody advises investors and promoters on cross-border transactions such as M&A, PE, venture capital, foreign investment, joint ventures, amalgamations and asset purchases across sectors including agriculture, healthcare and pharma, hospitality, education, real estate and power. (from

5 Jun – Clifford Chance (Sydney, Australia)

Clifford Chance has hired partner Elizabeth Richmond from Australian firm Clayton Utz for its antitrust team in Sydney.

Richmond has over 15 years of experience in antitrust and competition law. She advises clients on a range of competition-related issues, including merger control, competition litigation, cartel investigations, dawn raids and competition regulation. (from

5 Jun – Tilleke & Gibbins (Bangkok, Thailand)

Nuttaphol Arammuang, the former IP practice head at R&T Asia (Thailand), Rajah & Tann’s Thai network firm, has rejoined Tilleke & Gibbins as a partner.

About one year ago, Nuttaphol left ZICO IP to lead the launch of the intellectual property practice at R&T Asia (Thailand).

With more than two decades of experience, Nuttaphol advises on IP strategy and represents clients in IP litigations. His notable cases include pharmaceutical patent disputes, patent infringement, design infringement, trademark and trade dress infringement, passing off, trademark invalidation, copyright litigation in the context of new media and technology, and obtaining preliminary injunctions and Anton Piller orders.

Having started his career at Tilleke in 2002, Nuttaphol moved to ZICO IP in 2015, and became its Thailand managing partner in 2019. (from

4 Jun – Ashurst (Sydney & Melbourne, Australia)

Ashurst has hired two partners in Australia to boost its digital economy and its risk advisory practices.

Anthony Lloyd joins from DLA Piper to become a partner in its digital economy practice in Sydney, while financial crime expert Steven Blackburn joins from casino operator Crown resorts to become a risk advisory partner in Melbourne. (from

2 Jun – Mayer Brown (Hong Kong, China)

In Hong Kong, Mayer Brown has appointed Hong Kong partner Hannah Ha as chair of the firm’s Asia board, succeeding Hong Kong-based partner and head of its Asian employment and benefits group Duncan Abate, who has held the role since 2016.

Ha, who has been a partner at Mayer Brown in Hong Kong since January 2006, is a co-leader of the firm’s global corporate and securities practice. Admitted in multiple jurisdictions including New York, Hong Kong and the U.K., Ha’s practice focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions including foreign direct investment in China. She also specializes in competition law, and co-heads the firm’s antitrust and competition team in Asia. (from

2 Jun – Dentons Link Legal (Delhi, India)

Shravan Yammanur has joined Dentons Link Legal as a Partner in Dispute Resolution practice at the firm’s Delhi office.

Prior to joining Dentons Link Legal, Yammanur worked with P&A Law Offices, and in the Government of India at the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and the Ministry of Finance. He has also worked at the Chambers of Rajiv Dutta, Senior Advocate and Arbitrator. (from

2 Jun – Mishcon de Reya (Hong Kong, China)

Timothy Burns and Wei Zhang have joined Mishcon de Reya as partners with the private client team in Hong Kong, the firm said Friday.

Burns and Zhang focus on tax and wealth planning for high-net-worth clients in Asia, according to Mishcon de Reya.

They also advise on expatriation, pre-immigration to the US, investment in US real estate, and US federal tax and reporting compliance, Mishcon de Reya said. (from


to be continued…


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