Jones Day adds Allen & Overy partner to Hong Kong base

Jones Day has bolstered its Hong Kong office with the addition of M&A lawyer Chris Swift, one of three Allen & Overy (A&O) partners in Hong Kong to join new firms in recent weeks.

Swift focuses his practice on M&A, private equity, corporate restructuring and corporate finance. He has over 15 years of experience in Asia Pacific, having worked in A&O’s Tokyo and Hong Kong offices.

He joins Jones Day as a partner in its M&A practice in Hong Kong. His appointment follows the addition of banking and finance partner Maria Tan Pedersen from K&L Gates’s Hong Kong office.

Jones Day has been expanding in Asia in recent months. The firm has hired two partners from the Singapore office of Australian firm Allens after taking part in the application process for the country’s second round of Qualifying Foreign Law Practice licences (12 October 2012).

Swift’s departure from A&O comes after senior litigation partner Angus Ross joined Ashurst in September (9 September 2012) and earlier this month corporate and M&A partner Jeremy Hunt joined Morrison & Foerster as a partner (3 October 2012).

A&O’s Hong Kong office underwent an internal restructuring in June after a slow year, resulting in the exit of four Hong Kong-based senior equity partners (11 June 2012).