Denton Hall builds infrastructure group

Denton Hall has set up a group in its Hong Kong office that will concentrate solely on giving advice on infrastructure projects.

The infrastructure group, which is headed by partner Sheena Brand, will advise principally on transport and water projects in Asia.

“We set up the group to reflect how busy we are,” said Brand. “We've put together people from the firm who already work on these projects full-time.”

She added: “Being in one group will help how people perceive us and it will add cohesion from an internal point of view. It will also help to identify what kind of work we do and to make it clear that we do the whole thing, including the financing.”

Brand's group will be joined by Hong Kong-based project finance partner Richard Law-rence and assistants Kate Fried and Thomas Lee. She hopes to recruit more lawyers to the group soon.

Dentons' Hong Kong office has also appointed construction specialist David Hall-Jones as partner in the construction group. He returns to the firm in August after spending about a year-and-a-half with leading New Zealand firm Chapman Tripp Sheffield Young.

Christopher Clarke, senior partner of the firm's Asia practice and head of its Hong Kong office, said that Dentons was growing in Asia. He added: “1997 marks both the beginning of a new era for Hong Kong and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of our Hong Kong office. “