The reorganisation will affect the Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo offices.
The firm has taken on Ed Neunuebel, a global assistant general counsel and Asia Pacific general counsel for the Dow Chemical Company. He will join as a partner and head of the China practice for Hong Kong.
Neunuebel will operate alongside the head of China practice (Mainland PRC), Tang Zhengyu, and will report to Asia senior partner Steven Goodman. Goodman said: “Ed's record and reputation, built up over many years in the region, is second to none.”
“We've seen a renewed interest in foreign direct investment in Japan and South East Asia, and we want to be ready for it”
Bill Bruinooge, Dentons
The rest of the developments centre on Toyko, where Dentons has taken on Tetsuya Kashio as a partner. A qualified bengoshi, Kashio was formerly the Japanese general counsel for Balt-imore Technologies.
Kashio will formally enter into a joint venture with Dentons because Japan prohibits the employment of bengoshi by foreign law firms. Bill Bruinooge, Dentons' head of Japan, said that although the firm hopes that Kashio's appointment will bring Baltimore in as a client, it was not the rationale behind the appointment.
Kashio, who has a background in corporate law, will be joined by Cindy Goh, a corporate partner from Dentons' Singapore practice. Goh also has some experience in finance and good relationships with several banks, including Sumitomo. There are no immediate plans to replace Goh in Singapore, where Bruinooge claims the corporate team is already strong. Goh will commute to Singapore if her assistance is needed on big deals.
Bruinooge said: “We've seen a renewed interest in foreign direct investment in Japan and South East Asia, and we want to be ready for it.” Dentons also plans to promote senior associate Edward Heron to partner before 1 May.
Dentons' Toyko office lost its joint head of Japan Philip Quirke last summer when he moved on secondment to Morgan Stanley. He was officially appointed as head of legal at Morgan Stanley this month. But Bruinooge said: “Our relationship with the investment bank was already good, but obviously this is a good thing for us.”