Asia moves: 18 November

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region.


Gilbert + Tobin has hired commercial litigator Janet Whiting as a partner to lead its litigation practice in Melbourne. Whiting joins from Corrs Chambers Westigarth’s Melbourne office where she led the litigation team. Her practice has a focus on competition, corporate and regulatory. She is the fourth high-profile partner to join G+T’s Melbourne office in recent months following the appointments of corporate partner Craig Semple from King & Wood Mallesons, as well as finance and infrastructure partners Tony Holland and Damian McNair from DLA Piper.

Gadens Lawyers has added Peter Poulos as a partner in its corporate advisory and tax group in Melbourne. Poulos joins from KPMG where he has been for 25 years. He has been a M&A tax partner since 1996 and served as the chair of KPMG’s global M&A tax practice for several years. He has advised on the structuring and due diligence of more than 500 transactions as well as the structuring of public private partnerships for infrastructure projects.

Hong Kong

Deacons has strengthened its capital markets practice with the appointment of Kevin Tong as a partner. Tong was previously a partner in the Hong Kong office of King & Wood Mallesons. Before joining KWM in 2011, he had practised at Simmons & Simmons a consultant and Linklaters as managing associate. He is experienced in debt capital markets deals and with a focus on offshore Renminbi fund raising instruments. Around the same time, Deacons has also hired a new tax lawyer Travis Benjamin, who was previously a special counsel of Baker & McKenzie’s global tax group in Hong Kong, to lead its tax practice. Benjamin joins Deacons as a partner-level foreign lawyer.

Howse Williams Bowers (HWB) has appointed experience regulatory lawyer Jill Wong as a partner. Wong joins from the Hong Kong office of King & Wood Mallesons, where she was a counsel. She has 20 years of experience advising financial institutions and multinational companies on regulatory, compliance and risk management matters. Prior to joining KWM in 2011, she was the head of Credit Suisse group’s Asia regulatory group for three years. She was also previously deputy general counsel at the Hong Kong Monetary Autority.

Latham & Watkins has added two of counsel in the corporate department of its Hong Kong office, Benjamin Carale and Lu Guiping. Carale was previously an associate from Sidley Austin’s Hong Kong office and his practice focuses on corporate and finance transactions. Lu was recently promoted to the new role in the firm’s latest global promotion round. He advises clients on corporate and securities matters, including M&A and private equity transactions. The only other internal promotion in the firm’s Asia offices is Singapore based finance associate Owain Davies, who was promoted to of counsel.


Clyde & Co’s India association firm Clasis Law has hired a new infrastructure and energy partner in New Delhi. Jatinder Cheema, formerly a partner of Dhir & Dhir, will lead Clasis Law’s oil and gas and infrastructure practice. He is dual-qualified in India and Canada’s Ontario.

Amarchand Mangaldas has appointed Mugdha Sahal as a director in its private client practice in Mumbai. Sahal has 13 years of experience in Asset management and wealth management, estate planning, family governance and trust services. She was previously a director with IIFL Wealth Management for three years.


Singaporean firm Oon & Bazul has hired dispute resolution lawyer Kohe Hasan from Norton Rose Fulbright’s Singapore office as a partner. Hasan was previously a senior associate at Norton Rose and will now head up Oon & Bazul’s Indonesia and Indochina practices. She has experience in the energy, international trade, shipping and offshore sectors.

South Korea

Bae, Kim & Lee has appointed Jong Baek Park, former managing partner of Apex LLC, as a partner in its Seoul head office. Park established Apex as a co-founder by way of merger in 2009 and had serviced as a managing partner of the firm since then. He focuses on corporate finance, project finance, asset securitisation and corporate practice. He will help BKL set up software-related practice in collaboration with the firm’s IT and IP teams to offer services on open-source software licenses and compliance, which is a new area in Korea. 


Hunton & Williams has hired tax partner Chinawat Assavapokee from Baker & McKenzie in Bangkok. Assavapokee brings more than 15 years of experience in tax planning advice with respect to cross-border business transactions.