Former Linklaters senior partner Charles Allen-Jones will join the board of property company Hongkong Land Holdings in December.
Hongkong Land is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group, which routinely instructed Allen-Jones when he was based at Linklaters' Hong Kong office. He will report to the company's chief executive, Nick Sallnow-Smith. Allen-Jones stepped down as senior partner at the end of September, having served in the post for a five-year term. He spent 33 years as a partner at Linklaters, and set up the firm's Hong Kong office in a joint venture with Deacons in 1976. He was also instrumental in securing the deal that established Linklaters & Alliance. Hongkong Land is a property development business which owns five million sq ft of prime office space in Hong Kong, but also has a portfolio of investments across East Asia. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange with shareholders' funds in excess of $6bn (£4.21bn). Hongkong Land's parent company Jardine Matheson is a pillar of Hong Kong's ex-colonial establishment. Allen-Jones will be appointed as a non-executive director and will remain resident in the UK. It is thought that he will also take on non-executive positions with other companies. Allen-Jones has no particular portfolio at Hongkong Land, but his local contacts are expected to benefit the company. According to Hongkong Land chairman Simon Keswick, Allen-Jones was appointed to use his "wide range of experience and extensive contacts in the Asia-Pacific region".