Freshfields shake-up Asian litigation role

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has swapped the head of its Asian dispute resolution practice with a London-based litigation specialist.

Richard Chalk has headed to Hong Kong to take on the role, replacing Rajat Jindal who, after spending eight years in the region, returns to London.

At the same time the magic circle firm last week reaffirmed its commitment to a presence in Vietnam. The Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City offices were thought to be vulnerable to Freshfields’ strategic review of Asia which has already claimed the Thai base.

Chalk’s appointment is not thought to be linked to the review.