Linklaters & Paines is strengthening its presence in the Far East with the appointment of Andrew Carmichael to head its Asian capital markets operation, based in Hong Kong.
Carmichael's brief is to oversee the work of all three of Linklaters' offices in the region, include those in Tokyo and Singapore.
The appointment reflects the firm's desire to treat the area as a single regional centre.
Stephen Edelmann, head of international finance, said Carmichael would "act as a co-ordinator, drawing on resources from the three offices".
He added that the offices had sometimes acted as separate entities, looking to London for additional resources. "Carmichael will strengthen co-ordination in the region," said Edelmann.
He also revealed the international finance group wanted to beef up the number of US qualified securities lawyers employed by the firm, in Asia and other international offices.
"On the American side, I would like to go from two qualified partners and two associates to four partners and 20 associates by the end of 1996," said Edelmann.
Carmichael replaces Giles White who is returning to the UK after several years in Hong Kong. However, Carmichael is a more senior replacement in terms of the number of years he has been a partner.
Terence Kyle, Linklaters managing partner, said: "Our capital markets practice is experiencing substantial growth and with that growth comes the need for senior specialists to be located throughout our international practice where our clients need them to be."