Triple Asia boost for Paul Hastings

Paul Hastings has raided three of is US rivals – Skadden Arps, Baker & McKenzie and Latham & Watkins – to bolster its Asian practice with the hire of three partners.


Paul Hastings has raided three of is US rivals to bolster its Asian practice with the hire of three partners.

The firm has appointed Baker & McKenzie partner David Vance in its major projects team and Latham & Watkins counsel Joseph Kim in the finance group in its Tokyo office.

Paul Hastings also scooped Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom corporate counsel Patricia Tan Openshaw, who joins the firm’s Hong Kong office.

Paul Hastings’ global corporate department chair Robert Miller said the new hires would increase the firm’s cross-border capabilities in Japan, Korea, the Philippines and elsewhere throughout Asia.

Miller added that the continued growth of its Asia practice is a top priority for the firm.

Kim focuses on leverage and project finance as well as project development for commercial banks and private equity clients, while Vance specialises in infrastructure project finance and development for the energy and telecommunications sectors.

Openshaw’s practice encompasses corporate and project transactions in the energy and infrastructure arena.

The hires follow last week’s departure of arbitration partner Haig Oghigan to Bakers’ Japan joint enterprise GJBJ Tokyo Aoyama Aoki Koma Law Office.