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SJ Berwin has relocated the founder and former managing partner of its Paris office to Hong Kong to head its office there.
George Pinkham’s appointment as the firm’s head of Hong Kong will become effective on 1 October. He founded SJ Berwin’s Paris office in 2001 and served as Paris managing partner until May this year. His practice focuses on private equity and he is currently co-head of the firm’s international funds department alongside Jonathan Blake. He will continue to lead the department following his appointment in Hong Kong and will work closely with corporate partners Peter Anderson and Giovanna Kwong and East Asia head of investment funds Tony Gibson in the region.
SJ Berwin will also relocate senior associate Guo Sun Lee from London to Hong Kong. Guo has spent the last five years in London working with a number of major private equity clients internationally.
SJ Berwin opened in Hong Kong and Shanghai in 2009, when the firm hired Dewey & LeBouef’s then joint Hong Kong chief Daniel Liew as Asia managing partner (23 March 2009).
Liew left the firm to join SNR Denton late last year (6 December 2011). The firm has chosen not to reappoint anyone to the Asia managing partner position for the time being and will instead plans to use the title to entice a major lateral recruit (21 February 2012).
SJ Berwin’s Paris office is now headed by private equity partner Christophe Digoy, who took over the role from Pinkham in May 2012.