A month of moves in Asia Pacific

With the new academic year comes a raft of moves and leadership shake-ups and so has been the case across firm’s Asia Pacific offices.

Last week Herbert Smith Freehills named litigation partner Alastair Henderson as its new South East Asia head with incumbent Michael Walter due to retire from the firm next year. He will take up the role at the same time as Minter Ellison’s former chief executive John Weber takes over from Andrew Darwin as DLA Piper’s Austrialia managing partner.

Then it was Kirkland & Ellis and Hogan Lovells’ turn for a shake-up. The firms announced a swap of two partners in their Hong Kong offices, with Hogan Lovells’ Neil McDonald hired by Kirkland and the latter’s Steven Tran headed in the opposite direction.

It wasn’t just partners on the move either, with US firm Duane Morris entering Sri Lanka through an alliance with Sri Lanka-based Gowers International Legal Consultants. Since setting up its Asian joint venture Duane Morris & Selvam in 2011 the firm has launched in Shanghai and Myanmar.

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