HSBC and Shell make top-level appointments

The sudden exit of Shell legal chief Peter Rees QC last month left the 750-strong in-house department under the management of HR head Hugh Mitchell. That was until yesterday, when the energy giant named Donny Ching as its new legal chief.

Ching joined the corporate in Australia in 1998 and most recently was based in Rijswijk in the western Netherlands as general counsel for Shell’s project and technology group.

Shell isn’t the only multinational to have undergone significant change within the legal team of late.

Back in 2012 banking giant HSBC set aside $2bn for an onslaught of litigation. Just a few months later the bank hired Preeta Bansal to lead its global litigation and regulation practice. Bansal arrived in HSBC’s London HQ from the White House, where she had been a senior official in the Obama administration.

It seems the world of banking was not for Bansal, however. HSBC today confirmed it’s hired former Washington DC-based Cleary partner Shawn Chen to co-head the group alongside global banking and markets chief Guy Nielson. Chen, a white-collar crime specialist, has built a career out of defending public corporations, financial institutions, and individuals under government investigations

Out with the old, in with the new.

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