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Debevoise & Plimpton has hired litigation partner Tony Dymond from Herbert Smith Freehills in London, a year after the firm took heavyweight Kevin Lloyd from its City rival.
The move comes just nine months after Dymond was appointed to lead the firms venture in Seoul. He was instrumental in the launch of the base (30 October 2012) and had relocated to South Korea in May before opting to join Debevoise back in London (13 March 2013).
Dymond will join Debevoise’s London office as its sixth litigation partner. According to Debevoise, its London litigation team grew by 12 lawyers in 2013.
He is the latest in a string of litigators to have left the London office, including Lloyd who joined Debevoise in the summer (5 December 2012). His exit was followed by Martyn Hopper who left to join Linklaters with partner Nikunj Kiri (29 January 2013), London corporate fraud and asset tracing head Simon Bushell quit for Latham & Watkins (7 February 2013), and partner Ted Greeno who quit for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (27 March 2013).
Dymond is an experienced litigator, having spent the last 20 years in London, Hong Kong and Seoul. He has a broad commercial practice, with a focus on high-value construction and engineering disputes in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
HSF has appointed corporate partner Lewis McDonald to run the Seoul base. He relocated from Singapore when the Seoul base was launched.
Litigator James Doe has been promoted into the partnership and will relocate to the base from Doha.