Allen & Overy (A&O) is strengthening its South-East Asian offices by relocating two senior partners.
Banking and projects partner David Sedgley has transferred from London to Bangkok, while restructuring partner Moira Taylor has moved to Singapore from Hong Kong. Sedgley's arrival in Thailand coincides with the appointment of Grant Williams to the banking and projects group. New Zealand-qualified Williams moves from Chapman Tripp in Auckland. Bangkok managing partner Simon Makinson said: "These two appointments are a significant step for this office. David and Grant make excellent additions to the team and to our capability in Bangkok." Sedgley's move raises the number of partners focused on banking and projects in Thailand to five. Taylor's move to Sing-apore is a return to former territory following an 18-month stint in Hong Kong. In Singapore she will be part of the four-partner core to the restructuring team, joining John Richards, Sarjit Singh Gill and Vinodh Coomaraswamy at Allen & Overy Shook Lin & Bok Joint Law Venture. Regional managing partner Chris Rushton commented: "Moira is one of the most experienced restructuring lawyers in the Asian region. Her return to Singapore will be a huge boost for the restructuring team, in particular for the cross-border side of the practice." The region has played host to a spate of lateral and internal moves at A&O. The Singapore office recently welcomed partner Andrew Trahair, while Grant Fuzi also joined as a partner in the Hong Kong office.