Ashurst turns to Asia in management board shake-up

Ashurst has rejigged its management board following a vote, with Singapore managing partner Matthew Bubb replacing Paris partner Laurent Mabilat to become the committee’s first Asia-based member.

Bubb, a banking and project finance partner, will be replaced as Singapore chief by finance partner Carl Dunton, who joined from White & Case in 2008 (24 March 2008).

Mabilat, meanwhile, has stood down at the end of his second term after five years as a board member. The news follows the board’s recent appointment of Paris banking partner James Collis as its new managing partner, replacing litigator Simon Bromwich (21 March 2012). The Paris office is headed by corporate partner Bertrand Delaunay, who replaced Frédéric Pinet following his move to boutique Desfilis & McGowan (31 October 2011).

Separately, corporate partner Robert Ogilvy Watson has been appointed as the firm’s first Hong Kong managing partner.

Ashurst last altered the make-up of its board last autumn following the departure of real estate funds head David Evans to Goodwin Procter (11 October 2011), with Madrid property partner Cristina Calvo elected after a vote in which all four candidates were female (21 November 2011).

The board now consists of Bubb, Collis, Calvo and senior partner Charlie Geffen, as well as energy, transport and infrastructure partner Logan Mair, disputes partner Ben Tidswell, corporate partner Anthony Clare, finance director Nigel Morland and Frankfurt corporate partner and German head Reinhard Eyring. Six of the nine members are elected.

Mary Padbury, chairman of Ashurst Australia – formerly Blake Dawson before the tie-up with Ashurst went live in March (26 September 2011) – also sits on the board.