Kennedys expands in Hong Kong with MetLife hire

Kennedys has hired MetLife Asia Pacific legal head Peter Cashin as a partner in its Hong Kong office.

Cashin, an M&A lawyer, will join the firm’s corporate and commercial group.

A former partner of CMS Cameron McKenna, Cashin moved to Hong Kong in 1997 to lead the development of the firm’s office and its Asia practice. He later moved in-house, taking up a role as deputy general counsel with Asian life insurer AIA. By the time he left the group for MetLife in December 2010 he had been promoted to group general counsel and company secretary.

Richard Bates, managing partner of Kennedys Hong Kong and head of its corporate and commercial group, said: “This is a significant appointment for Kennedys and our clients.

“We expect the current high levels of M&A activity in the insurance sector to continue. Our clients also increasingly have to deal with regulatory, licensing and solvency issues and manage their relationships with strategic partners. Peter’s one of the few lawyers with expertise across all these areas.”

The Hong Kong office is now home to eight partners and over 26 legal staff.

Last week, it emerged that Kennedys was in early-stage tie-up talks with Scotland’s Simpson & Marwick (28 November 2012), a move that would gift the firm its first base in Scotland.