Asia moves: 14 April

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region.

Australia

DLA Piper added employment partner Brett Feltham to its Sydney office. Feltham was previously head of the New South Wales employment team at Hunt & Hunt. Prior to Hunt & Hunt, he led PricewaterhouseCoppers’ employment and workplace relations team.

China

K&L Gates has hired Frank Voon as a partner in its corporate and M&A practice in Beijing. Voon was previously a counsel at Allen & Overy’s Beijing office. He worked in Australia and Singapore prior to moving to China in 2004.

Pinsent Masons has added Helena Chen to its infrastructure group in Beijing. Chen joins from Taiwanese firm Formosan Brothers, where she founded the construction team in 2002. Her practice focuses on construction and dispute resolution, particularly on arbitration. She also previously worked with legacy King & Wood in Beijing and Guangzhou.

Zhong Lun has added three new partners in its Shanghai office, real estate partner Zhou Yueping, corporate partner Edward Li and IP partner Michael Shu. Zhou joins Zhong Lun from Shanghai firm Co-effort, where she was a senior partner. Li was previously a partner in King & Wood Mallesons’ Shanghai office and before that a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Shanghai office. Shu joins from IP agency Wanhuida, where he was a senior partner. Prior to that, he spent 12 years working as an in-house counsel in multinational companies in Shanghai, including China general counsel of Gillette and Adidas.

Hong Kong

Loeb & Loeb has recruited capital markets lawyer Jae Chul Lee as a partner in Hong Kong. Lee will be based in the firm’s Hong Kong associate firm Pang & Co. Lee was previously a partner of DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office.

Howse Williams Bowers has grown its Hong Kong base with two new partners, Stacy Devoy and Alison Scott. Devoy joins the firm’s family and matrimonial practice from Withers’ Hong Kong office, where she was promoted to partner in 2012. Scott joins dispute resolution practice after relocating from Wales, where she mostly recently served as the chair of the Residential Property Tribunal. Scott also previous worked as a partner at legacy Richards Butler in Hong Kong.

Herbert Smith Freehills has strengthened its Asia dispute resolution practice with the relocation of London partner Julian Copeman to Hong Kong. The relocation brings the firm’s total number of dispute partners in Asia to 22. Copeman is a senior commercial litigator. His appointment comes just weeks after Herbert Smith Freehills named Hong Kong based partner Justin D’Agostino as its new global dispute resolution head.

Withers has hired Samantha Gershon as a consultant in its family practice in Hong Kong. Gershon joins from Hong Kong firm Robertsons, where she was a partner working on complex commercial litigation, public and administrative law. She has over 15 years of experience and had previously worked at Mayer Brown JSM in Hong Kong and Simons Muirhead & Burton in London.

India

Indian firm Khaitan & Co has hired two new partners Kartick Maheshwari and Dibyanshu Sinha. Maheshwari was an associate at White & Case’s Singapore office and will be an associate partner in Khaitan’s capital markets and corporate practice in Mumbai. Sinha was previously a senor associate with Indian firm J Sagar Associates and has joined as an associate partner in the energy and infrastructure practice in Delhi. Khaitan has also hired former Trilegal senior associate Nishant Beniwal as a counsel in Delhi.

Malaysia

ZICOlaw has expanded its intellectual property practice with the hire of a 17-strong team led by three partners in Kuala Lumpur. The three partners are Su Siew Ling, Linda Wang and Cheah Chiew Lan. The new team, joining from Malaysian firm Tay & Partners, will provide a full range of IP law services including both contentious and non-contentious. Wang and Su are also experienced IP litigators and focusing on IP enforcement through criminal procedures.

Singapore

Clifford Chance has re-elected current Singapore managing partner Geraint Hughes to the position for a second term to 30 April 2018. Under Hughes’ leadership, the firm has recently successful renewed its QFLP licence, established a formal law alliance with Cavenagh Law, and formed an association with Indonesian law firm Linda Widyati and Partners in January of this year. Clifford Chance’s Singapore office currently has around 70 lawyers and trainees.

Clyde & Co has strengthened its Singapore projects and construction practice with the hire of construction partner Eugene Tan. Tan joins from Singaporean firm Drew & Napier, where he was a partner in the building and construction team. He advises on the review, drafting and negotiations of engineering, procurement and construction contracts and their related agreements. He also acts for clients on a wide range of other disputes including insurance claims, shareholder, distributorship agreement and trade.

Hogan Lovells has appointed corporate partner Stephanie Keen as its new Singapore managing partner, effective from 1 July. She will take over from James Harris, who has been at the post for the last 11 years. Keen currently leads the firm’s Singapore corporate and private equity practice. She first joined the firm in 2006 in London and moved to Singapore in 2009 before becoming one of a small number of international lawyers qualified to practice Singapore law. Harris will remain in the Singapore office and from 1 July he will become Asia regional head of infrastructure, energy, resources and projects practice and take on a new role of global head of infrastructure for the firm.

Norton Rose Fulbright has hired Sheela Moorthy as a corporate partner in Singapore. Moorthy joins from DLA Piper, where she was head of corporate in Singapore. She has over 20 years of experienced working on cross-border M&A transactions across the South East Asia region as well as South Africa, India and Korea. She is dual qualified in Singapore and England and Wales. 

South Korea

Yoon & Yang has added a new partner to its corproate practice. Do Hyung Kim is joining from another Korean Yulchon, where he was partner for 12 years. He advises clients on general corporate, white-collar crime, litigation and China-related matters. Corporations he has worked for recently include Daewoo Electronics, Korea Asset Management Corporation and Lotte Asset Development.