Asia moves: 20 January 2014

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


Melbourne-based Hall & Wilcox has launched its Sydney base by acquiring the core of Duncan Cotterill’s Sydney practice. The practice is primarily an employment practice and includes partners Ken Brotherson, Aaron Dearden and Kerryn Tredwell, as well as a team of lawyers and support staff. In addition, the firm has promoted litigation senior associate Andrea Bannon to partner in Melbourne.


Bird & Bird has appointed Sven-Michael Werner as a corporate partner in Shanghai. Werner joins from Taylor Wessing’s Shanghai office, where he moved to from the firm’s Munich office following his promotion to partner in 2009. His practice has a focus on advising European clients on inbound M&A and foreign direct investment transactions in China. He is qualified in Germany.

Sidley Austin has hired energy and M&A partner Lan Tao in Beijing. Lan joins from White & Case’s Beijing office, where he spent 18 months as a partner. Prior to that, he was a Beijing-based partner of the now defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf. Qualified in New York, Lan advises on both outbound and inbound M&A activities and is experienced in the energy and natural resources sector.

Hong Kong

Dechert has hired litigation partner Kareena Teh from Baker & McKenzie. Qualified in Hong Kong and New Zealand, she handles general corporate and commercial litigation, focusing on governance, directors’ and officers’ liability, shareholders’ remedies, insolvency and insurance litigation. Teh is one of the first 15 lawyers to be granted higher rights of audience in Hong Kong last year.

Herbert Smith Freehills has hired financial services regulatory lawyer William Hallatt as a partner in Hong Kong. He will work closely with Asia managing partner and financial services regulatory partner Mark Johnson. Hallatt was previously a managing associate in Linklaters’ Hong Kong office. He acts on contentious financial services regulatory matters including advising firms facing regulatory enforcement proceedings and reviews.

Latham & Watkins has hired banking and restructuring partner Howard Lam from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Hong Kong. Lam’s practice focuses on banking, debt restructuring and insolvency work as well as complex financing transactions. Prior to joining Freshfields as a partner in 2011, Lam was banking counsel at Linklaters. He also previously practised at Allen & Overy’s London and Hong Kong office after finishing his traineeship at Hong Kong firm Deacons. He is qualified in England and Wales and Hong Kong.

Proskauer Rose has hired Dechert’s former Asia litigation head David Chu as a partner in its Hong Kong office. Chu will be the firm’s first litigation partner in Hong Kong and will launch the firm’s litigation and white collar defence and investigations practices in Asia. He is qualified in both US and Hong Kong and is experienced in securities-related litigation, regulatory compliance and commercial litigation. 

Troutman Sanders has added corporate partner Rossana Chu to its Hong Kong office. Chu, joining from Baker & McKenzie, is admitted in Hong Kong and England & Wales. She advises clients on public M&A transactions, IPOs and listings as well as corporate restructurings.


Japanese firm Nishimura & Asahi has promoted four lawyers to the partnership. All four new partners, Hiroko Shibata, Naoya Ariyoshi, Tokuhiro Matsunaga and Takuya Matsuo, are from the firm’s corporate practice group in Tokyo. Shibata and Matsuo are both Japan and US dual-qualified. Shibata previously practised at Orrick’s New York office, while Matsuo was formerly an associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York.

South Korea

Seoul-based firm Yoon & Yang has appointed Seung-Hwan Park as a partner. Park previously served as the chief executive officer of Korea Environment Corporation, a government agency set up under the Korean Ministry of Environment in 2010. Prior to joining the public sector, he was a partner at Korean firm Apex Law. His practice focuses on regulatory and government affairs in the energy and environment sectors.


K&L Gates has hired former O’Melveny & Myers Singapore counsel Siew Kam Boon as a partner in its M&A and private equity practices. Boon will split her time between K&L Gates’ Singapore and Shanghai offices. Prior to joining O’Melveny in 2009, she practised at White & Case and Allen & Gledhill as an associate.

Shearman & Sterling has hired Anthony Patten as a partner in Singapore. Patten joins from Australian firm Allens’ Perth office, where he was the Asia Pacific head of oil and gas practice. Prior to joining Allens in August 2011, he was an energy partner of Ashurst in London and had previously worked as a senior in-house counsel at Royal Dutch Shell in London and Dubai.

Singaporean firm Virtus Law has strengthened its capital markets and M&A practices with three partner lateral hires. New partners Elaine Beh, Allan Tan and Kong She Ping all joined from Colin Ng & Partners, where they were partners in the corporate department.


Tilleke & Gibbins has promoted Bangkok-based litigation lawyer Kasamesunt Teerasitsathaporn to partner. Admitted to practise law in Thailand, he focuses on complex civil and criminal litigation. He has been with the firm since 2001.

DFDL has elected two lawyers to its partnership, Audray Souche and Guillaume Massin. Souche is based in Bangkok and has been the deputy managing director of DFDL Thailand since 2012. She also serves as the deputy regional head of energy, mining and infrastructure practice. Massin is based in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Pehn. He will continue in his role as the managing director of DFDL Cambodia and deputy regional head for real estate.