Asia moves: 13 August

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region.


Clayton Utz has lured back a securitisation partner from Allen & Overy’s Sydney office. Sonia Goumenis, one of the 13 partners who left Clayton Utz to launch Allen & Overy’s Australian offices in 2010, has returned to Clayton Utz as a partner, where she was made up in 2008. Her practice focuses on covered bond programmes, derivatives, structured finance and bond issuances.

Australian firm HWL Ebsworth has appointed David Guthrie as a partner in its Melbourne insurance team. Guthrie joins from Norton Rose Fulbright’s Melbourne office, where he was a special counsel. He acts in claims for personal injury damages, property damage and economic loss.

China and Hong Kong

Ropes & Gray has hired former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton counsel Jaewoo Lee as a partner for its Seoul office. Lee, currently resides in Hong Kong, will continue to be based there until he obtains a licence to practice in Korea as a foreign counsel. Lee’s practice focuses on corporate matters.

Pinsent Masons has added three lawyers to its Hong Kong-based construction and projects team. The three new additions are associates Tim Hallworth and Karah Howard and solicitor Hinson Cheung. They join from Minter Ellison’s Hong Kong office, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Tokyo office and Hong Kong firm Chan & Associates respectively. In addition, the firm will further strengthen its construction and project capabilities in Hong Kong with the relocation of senior associate Joana Seetoh from Singapore in September.