Baker & McKenzie has elected Hong Kong-based Paul Tan as managing partner for its China, Hong Kong and Vietnam offices.
Paul Tan succeeds Poh Lee Tan, who has held the position since November 2010. It is the second time that Paul Tan has taken on this role after serving a one-year term from 1997 to 1998. He joined the firm’s Sydney office in 1982, relocated to Hong Kong in 1985 and became an equity partner in 1991. His practice primarily focuses on M&A, employment, pension funds and insurance regulatory matters.
Bakers has over 300 qualified lawyers, including about 80 partners, across Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Paul Tan will work closely with the firm’s China, Hong Kong and Vietman chairman Lawrence Lee.
Tan’s appointment comes following other leadership changes across the region (9 October 2012). Existing executive committee member Winston Zee, who is located in Hong Kong, has been elected chair of the Asia-Pacific regional council. Singapore partner Ashok Lalwani has taken over from Sydney-based David Jacobs as chair of the India focus group, Jeremy Pitts will chair the newly formed global financial institutions group from Tokyo, and the firm’s head of Sydney Chris Saxon has been appointed as national chairman of the firm’s Australian offices.