DLA Piper bulks up in Singapore with hires from Gibson Dunn and Jones Day

DLA Piper has begun to rebuild its depleted Asia practice with the hire of two partners and an of counsel, reuniting a group of former Jones Day colleagues in the process.

Corporate specialist John Viverito has joined the firm from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, bringing energy and natural resources of counsel Myles Hankin with him.

Viverito was part of the team that launched Gibson Dunn’s Singapore office in 2008, when he joined from Jones Day (20 May 2008).

Capital markets lawyer Joseph Bauerschmidt comes directly from Jones Day, which he joined from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy as an of counsel in 2008. Bauerschmidt was promoted to partner in 2011.

All three join DLA Piper’s Singapore office as partners with Viverito becoming Singapore managing partner and Bauerschmidt head of capital markets for Southeast Asia. Current Singapore head John Goulios will become co-head of the firm’s Asia Pacific insurance practice.

Terry O’Malley, who heads DLA Piper’s Asia advisory committee, said the hires mark the culmination of a drive on the part of him and Goulios “to put in place a team of top-quality transactional lawyers with energy expertise in Singapore”.

“John Goulios will now be able to help lead the further development of our insurance sector practice throughout the Asia Pacific region,” he added.

The hires come after DLA Piper last year suffered a number of losses from across its Asian offices following a revamp of its regional management at the end of 2013 (18 December 2013).

The departures started when a team of four Hong Kong-based corporate lawyers led by Asia corporate head Mabel Lui defected to Winston & Strawn (2 May 2014). A month later fellow Hong Kong corporate partner Esther Leung left to join Chinese firm Jun He (23 June 2014).

In July Singapore partner Ben Sandstad, who joined DLA Piper from Mayer Brown JSM a year earlier (22 July 2013), went to Standard Chartered Bank at the same time as Hong Kong partners Jolyon Ellwood-Russell and Giovanni Marino quit for Simmons & Simmons and Winston & Strawn respectively (17 July 2014).

In September Singapore corporate partner Biswajit Chatterjee, who was co-head of DLA Piper’s India practice, left for Squire Patton Boggs (19 September 2014).