SJ Berwin’s Asia head defects to SNR Denton

SNR Denton has strengthened its Hong Kong office with the addition of SJ Berwin’s Asia managing partner and the creation of a new Asia Pacific director of operations role.

Daniel Liew will be a member of SNR Denton’s energy, transport and infrastructure team in Asia. Admitted to practise law in England, Hong Kong and Australia, his practice focuses on on M&A, corporate, infrastructure fund, strategic alliances, banking and project finance.

Liew helped Dewey & LeBoeuf  with its Hong Kong launch in 2007 before moving to SJ Berwin’s Hong Kong office to take up the Asia managing partner role from launch in 2009.

At the beginning of this year, SNR Denton opened an office in Hong Kong (4 January 2011) and entered into an association with local firm Brandt Chan & Partners, previously the Hong Kong office of Squire Sanders Hammonds legacy firm Hammonds.

Brandt Chan & Partners, in which Liew is a partner, will be fully integrated into SNR Denton upon regulatory approval. The addition of Liew has pushed the total number of partners in the joint association to eight. There are 17 other fee-earners in Hong Kong.

As part of the firm’s wider strategic ambitions to grow its presence in Asia Pacific, it has also created an Asia Pacific director of operations role in Hong Kong. The firm, with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore, is yet to announce the new appointment.