Freshfields anoints Asia chief as Marchant returns to City

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has named Robert Ashworth as the successor to Asia regional managing partner Simon Marchant, who is returning to the firm’s London office.

Ashworth, who has been based in Hong Kong since 1994, has been head of Freshfields’ Asia corporate practice since 2000.

In a statement, he said: “This is a very exciting time for us in Asia. We’ve successfully developed market leading positions in many of our practice areas and can expect to capitalise on these as Asia continues on its rapid growth trajectory.

“We have a highly talented group of individuals supporting the business across the region and I’m looking forward to working with the entire team to continue building our business across Asia in line with market developments and the needs of our clients.”

Ashworth takes over from Marchant on 1 February. Marchant has held the Asia role since 2009, when he relocated to Hong Kong to fill the position that had been vacated by Perry Noble, who has now left the firm, in 2006 (11 March 2009).

Freshfields senior partner Will Lawes said: “We’re very grateful to Simon for the excellent job he’s done for us in Asia and we’re pleased that Rob will be taking on the role.

“Rob’s been in China for many years and has been an important part of the team that’s developed our corporate practice there. He’ll play a key role in setting and implementing our strategy in a fast growing, dynamic and important region for us.”