Freshfields freshens up Asia operations

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is shaking up its Asia management team, as the former US managing partner relocates to Hong Kong to add firepower to the capital markets practice.

Stephen Revell, global co-head of the international capital markets practice and US managing partner between 1998 and 2002, will relocate to Hong Kong to deal with the increased demand from international issuers for listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Shanghai managing partner and corporate specialist Melissa Thomas has been appointed Beijing managing partner, replacing Nicholas French, who will move to London. Thomas will serve a three-year term as managing partner.

Corporate partner Heiner Braun will succeed Thomas as Shanghai managing ­partner, while finance ­partner James Lawden will replace James Wood as Japan managing partner. Wood will return to London to focus on client work.

The changes follow the appointment of Teresa Ko to the new role of chairman of the China practice in April.