Latham & Watkins has reshuffled the management of its Asian offices to replace former Hong Kong and Singapore managing partner Joe Bevash
Hong Kong project finance partner Mitchell Stocks has been chosen to head the Hong Kong office, while Singapore corporate partner Mark Nelson will take over the management of Stocks' office. Bevash headed Lathams' Asian offices from 1986 to 2001 and oversaw the establishment of the Hong Kong office in 1994. In September last year he was called to the Paris office in the wake of the merger between Latham and the French arm of Dutch firm Stibbe. He joined the Paris office, along with Chicago-based litigation partner John Lynch, to help integrate the Stibbe and Latham teams. He will now return to San Diego to work in the project finance practice. When Latham set up in Asia it concentrated solely on finance work, but it has since attempted to get a foothold in the corporate market. Stocks said: "The Hong Kong office has grown significantly since its opening in 1994. While we continue to work on leading project financings, we're also advising on significant cross-border mergers and acquisitions, technology and capital markets transactions." Latham has recently strengthened its fledgling Japan practice with a rare example of a Japanese lateral hire. Earlier this year, the firm hired corporate partner Michael Yoshii from US rival White & Case. Yoshii, a technology specialist, became the ninth lawyer to join Latham's Toyko office.