Asia moves: 6 August

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


HWL Ebsworth has hired litigation partner Greg Lewis from K&L Gates’ Sydney office. Lewis practised in K&L Gates for two years, and prior to that he spent 18 years with Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons). His practice has a particular focus on complex insolvency-related litigation for banks, insolvency firms and corporate clients.

K&L Gates has added three new partners in its Australian offices. In Melbourne, the firm hired employment partner Nick Ruskin from DLA Piper, while in Sydney it appointed Edward Nixey and Glenn Hughes as partners in the corporate and transactional practice, who are joining from Ashurst Australia and Henry Davis York respectively.

China and Hong Kong

Hong Kong firm Howse Williams Bowers has added banking and finance lawyer Jonathan Silver to its partner ranks. Silver joins the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright, where he was an of counsel in Hong Kong. He primarily focuses on ship and aircraft finance, project finance, acquisition finance, structured trade and commodity finance and general banking.

Ince & Co has appointed shipping lawyer Dimitris Seirinakis as a consultant based in the firm’s Shanghai office. Seirinakis joins the firm from Brightoil Petroleum, where he was an assistant general counsel based in Hong Kong. Dual qualified in Hong Kong and England and Wales, he will work as a key member of the team providing shipping and energy expertise in Shanghai.


White & Case has hired M&A lawyer Mangyo Kinoshita as a partner in its M&A practice. Prior to joining White & Case, Kinoshita was a partner in O’Melveny & Myers’ Tokyo office and the head of its corporate practice there. He is qualified to practise in Japan and California and has experience in cross-border M&A, joint venture, strategic alliances, private equity and venture capital work. He will be based in Japan but spend significant time at White & Case’s overseas offices to support Japanese clients’ outbound investments.


RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has appointed Gerard Ng as a partner in its banking and finance practice. Ng joins from Conyers Dill & Pearman’s Singapore office, where he was a foreign lawyer. Qualified in Singapore, England and Wales, his areas of practice include banking, finance, general counsel and M&A transactions.

Sidley Austin has hired Australian firm Gilbert + Tobin’s project finance and infrastructure partner Nicholas Grambas to build up its Singapore office. Grambas will relocate to Singapore from Melbourne and bring with him more than 25 years of experience working in the Asia Pacific region, as well as in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining G+T in 2010, he practised at Baker & McKenzie and Freehills as a partner as well as an investment banker at Macquarie Bank.

White & Case has strengthened its South East Asia practice with the relocation of partner Steve Payne from Beijing to Singapore and the hire of David Gartside from Allen & Overy as counsel in Singapore. They both focus on energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance. Payne practised in Beijing for the past seven years, while Gartside joined A&O as a senior associate in Tokyo and had spent 18 months on secondment at Korea Eximbank in Seoul before moving to Singapore.