Ashurst taps Allen & Overy for Hong Kong disputes partner

Ashurst has hired senior litigation partner Angus Ross from Allen & Overy’s Hong Kong office in a bid to build its Asia dispute resolution practice.

Ross is a veteran litigator focusing on complex disputes in the banking sector. He was a long-serving disputes partner of Allen & Overy, who relocated from London to Hong Kong in 2004.

Ross will be based in Ashurst’s Hong Kong office, working alongside Asia dispute resolution head Gareth Hughes.

“Angus’s wealth of experience and expertise complements our existing dispute resolution practice very well. His appointment is part of our expansion plans for our contentious financial institutions and regulatory practice in Asia,” said Hughes.

Ashurst’s Hong Kong office, which was opened in 2008, launched its dispute resolution and regulatory practice in April 2011, with the joining of Hughes from Simmons & Simmons.

With the arrival of Ross, there are now two disputes partners and four associates based in Hong Kong. According to Hughes, the Hong Kong team is looking to double its size in the coming year in response to client demands.

Allen & Overy’s Hong Kong office underwent an internal restructuring in June after an under-performing year, which resulted in the exit of four Hong Kong-based senior equity partners in June (11 June 2012).