Clydes & Co’s international arbitration hiring spree

Clyde & Co has racked up two major hires in the international arbitration space this week.

Not content with adding Eversheds’ Middle East chairman Christopher Jobson in the Abu Dhabi office – he’ll be joining the firm in September – the firm has also confirmed it has hired Clifford Chance’s arbitration boss in China, Patrick Zheng.

Zheng has been placed at the helm of the Beijing office, which Clydes established just over a year ago, shortly before gaining regulatory approval to establish a joint venture in Chongqing.

It’s the latest in a string of high-profile international arbitration-related lateral hires for Clydes, which has taken a characteristically systematic approach to bulking up in major global arbitration centres.

Last month it added US and Latin American specialist Brian Dunning in New York from US firm Venable. Shortly before that came Rajah & Tann’s head of South Asia Prakash Pillai joined in Singapore.

Unlike some of the UK’s national firms, which have been domestically focused at least in terms of partner promotions, for Clydes overseas is where it’s at.

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