Legal Move Updates (Jul – Sep 2023)

Hughes-Castell Legal Move Updates Lateral Hire, Par

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list.


24 Jul – Baker Botts (Singapore, Singapore)

U.S. law firm Baker Botts has tapped Ashurst again for an energy-focused partner in Singapore, two months after it launched its office in the country with partner hires from the UK-based law firm.

Andrew Roche, who joins Baker Botts’ global projects group in Singapore, advises clients on infrastructure financing in the energy and natural resources sectors in the Asia-Pacific market, with a particular focus on power, oil and gas, renewables and digital infrastructure, Baker Botts’ said in a statement. (from

20 Jul – Clyde & Co (Bangkok, Thailand)

UK law firm Clyde & Co has recruited disputes attorney Dutsadee Dutsadeepanich as a partner in Bangkok. She was most recently a partner and co-founder of ABER Group.

This expansion follows the opening of Clyde’s Bangkok office earlier this year and the hires of partner Ian Johnston and legal director Sorawat Wongkaweepairot.

With over a decade of experience in cross-border litigation and international arbitration, Dutsadeepanich advises on commercial matters, construction disputes, energy conflicts, aviation, infrastructure and transportation matters. She sits on the panels of major arbitration institutions such as the Beihai Asia International Arbitration Centre, the Asian International Arbitration Centre and the Thailand Arbitration Centre. (from

20 Jul – Norton Rose Fulbright (Perth, Australia)

Norton Rose Fulbright has hired dual-qualified litigation partner Paul Devlin from U.S. firm Perkins Coie to its white-collar crime team.

Devlin, an Australian, is qualified in Australia and New York, with a focus on white collar and investigations matters and civil litigation, including complex multi-state class actions. He will return from the U.S. to join NRF’s Perth office. (from

19 Jul – Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (Singapore, Singapore)

UK law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has launched an M&A practice in Singapore with the addition of a Quahe Woo & Palmer transactions team, including practice leader Kenneth Leong to head the group.

The launch of an M&A practice in Singapore is a response to an increase in client demand for deal advisory in Southeast Asia, RPC’s Asia managing partner Antony Sassi said in a statement.

This addition is RPC’s first lateral partner hire in Singapore in 10 months. In September last year, the firm welcomed technology expert Nicholas Lauw as a partner from Rajah & Tann.

Leong advises private equity funds and their portfolio companies, sovereign wealth funds, and family offices on high-value cross-border corporate transactions focusing on renewable energy, data centres, logistics, manufacturing, petrochemicals, medical technology, healthcare, education, and food and drink markets. (from

19 Jul – IndusLaw (Delhi, India)

Indian law firm IndusLaw has expanded its infrastructure and energy practice in Delhi with the addition of Shashwat Kumar as a partner from rival Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas.

Kumar is the latest lateral partner hire at IndusLaw, which also added disputes lawyer Suadat Ahmad Kirmani and banking expert Pritha Chatterjee from Tatva Legal and SAM, respectively, in May and a team of corporate lawyers from J Sagar Associates in Gurugram led by partner Shantanu Jindel in March.

Kumar has 17 years of experience in infrastructure, energy and electricity regulation, sectors which are among IndusLaw’s “key growth priorities,” the Bengaluru-founded firm’s founding partners Suneeth Katarki and Gaurav Dani said in a statement.

Kumar has advised multinational companies, including OMERS Infrastructure and Softbank-backed SB Energy, and state power regulators in traditional sectors, including power, oil and gas, and railways. He has also represented renewable energy company Azure Power, and an association of solar power developers among other alternative energy clients before Indian government authorities and regulators. (from

19 Jul – RHTLaw (Singapore, Singapore)

RHTLaw Asia, a Singapore-based law firm, has recently appointed Vernon Voon as a partner to oversee the firm’s debt recovery portfolio in the country.

Voon has been a partner at RHTLaw Asia for seven years until June 2022, re-joins the firm after taking a one-year career break, as per his LinkedIn bio.

With over 30 years of experience in advising clients on debt recovery litigation and management, Voon is an expert in handling disputes related to the recovery of unsecured and secured debts, as well as payment issues related to debentures, bonds, and other financial facilities. He has represented clients in various courts, including the Singapore International Commercial Court, Singapore High Court, Strata Titles Board and State Courts.

Prior to his first stint at RHTLaw, Voon was a partner at Tan Kok Quan Partnership, and has also worked at Yeo-Leong & Peh and AbrahamLow. He has also worked as an inspector in the Singapore Police Force. (from

17 Jul – Piper Alderman (Sydney, Australia)

The new superannuation team includes partners Lisa-Marie McKechnie and Kathy Neilson and senior associate Kerry Jacobs – all of which joined from Ernst & Young – as well as Piper Alderman lawyer Wendy Gao.

Ms Neilson is a highly experienced financial services lawyer with over 12 years of experience both in private legal practice and at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). She advises on a wide range of financial services issues across superannuation and life insurance, including in relation to regulatory requirements, disclosure, mergers and acquisitions such as successor fund transfers, licensing, corporate governance, prudential obligations, ASIC and Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) applications and investigations, privacy and anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CTF) obligations.

Ms McKechnie has over 25 years of deep technical financial services experience advising clients in the areas of superannuation, general and life insurance and regulatory matters. She is a former director on the board of the Financial Services Accountants Association (FSAA), a regular presenter with the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) and the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) and the former NSW chair of the peak body for life insurance in Australia and New Zealand, Australasian Life Underwriting and Claims Association (ALUCA). (from

17 Jul – Gilbert + Tobin (Sydney, Australia)

Restructuring and insolvency partner Orla McCoy has resigned from Australian corporate firm Clayton Utz to join rival Gilbert + Tobin, just two months after another restructuring partner resigned from Clayton Utz to join White & Case.

Both McCoy and Timothy Sackar have resigned but remain working at Clayton Utz before starting at their new firms. (from


To be continued…


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