Clifford Chance loses another partner as Brock defects to Mallesons

Clifford Chance’s former Asian litigation chief Denis Brock has left the magic circle firm to join Mallesons Stephen Jaques’ Hong Kong office.

Brock, who lost out to Jeremy Sandelson in the race to become global head of litigation last year, led the Asian litigation and dispute resolution team for Clifford Chance from 1997 to 2006 before returning to London.

He will join the Australian firm in October, taking the total partner headcount in Hong Kong to 13, with three in the dispute resolution group.

Mallesons chief executive Robert Milliner said: “Denis’s experience in the commercial litigation and regulatory areas will be a valuable complement to the strong expertise of the existing dispute resolution team.”

Sandelson commented: “Denis has given us many years of service and I wish him luck for the future.”

Clifford Chance and Mallesons have been engaged in two rounds of merger talks over the last decade. The latest attempt at a tie-up between the firms ended in December 2008 after six months of talks (8 December 2008).

Brock is the latest high-profile departure from Clifford Chance, which last week lost private equity funds chief Jason Glover to US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (20 July 2010).

Glover joins Clifford Chance alumnus and transactional private equity partner Adam Signy at Simpson Thacher. Signy joined the firm last year (5 May 2009).