Bird & Bird adds five partners across Asian offices

Bird & Bird has added five partners to its Asian practice with four external appointments and one internal promotion.

Two of the new partners are based in the firm’s Singapore office. They are Marcus Chow, formerly a director at Singaporean firm Drew & Napia, and Lorraine Tay, who joins from Baker & McKenzie’s Singapore office, where she served as an associate in the firm’s trademarks practice.

Chow is a cross-border corporate transactional lawyer with experience of M&A, private equity transactions and equity and debt capital markets deals. Tay advises on multi-jurisdictional trademark portfolios and cross-border IP issues and disputes.

Bird & Bird’s Hong Kong office has also added two new partners. They are Catherine Mun, previously a special counsel in Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong dispute resolution group, and John Koh, an international corporate lawyer who has been promoted.

The fifth new partner, Xia Chai, has joined Bird & Bird’s Shanghai office from Dorsey & Whitney, where she was an of counsel. Xia has 14 years of experience, working in China with international clients.

Bird & Bird first entered Asia with an office in Hong Kong in 1995 and has since extended its presence to Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore.

In China, it has an association with Chinese firm Xiang Kun, while in Singapore it operates in a joint law venture with Singaporean firm Alban Tay Mahtani & de Silva.

The appointments bring the total number of partners in the firm’s Asia practice to 26.