Asian Moves: 2 July

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


Ashurst Australia has promoted five to partner across its Australian offices, effective on 1 July. The new partners are employment lawyer James Hall in Brisbane, insolvency lawyers Tim Klineberg and Emanuel Poulos in Sydney, and Melbourne-based corporate lawyer Kylie Lane and IP lawyer Kellech Smith. In addition, the firm has promoted four lawyers to the role of special counsel and 34 to senior associate.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has added five to its partnership and seven to special counsel in the firm’s recent promotion round. The five new partners are Lizzie Knight and Jaclyn Riley-Smith in the corporate advisory team in Sydney, Matthew Muir and Andrew McCormack in the construction practice in Brisbane and David Yates in the litigation team in Perth. All new appointments are effective from 1 July 2013.

Gadens Lawyers has promoted two to its partnership in Sydney, property lawyer Chris Fabiansson and planning, environment and government lawyer Christina Renner. Fabiansson and Renner have followed a similar path to partnership with Chris joining the firm as a summer clerk in December 2002 and Christina starting as a summer clerk with the firm in December 2003.

HopgoodGanim has promoted Brisbane-based lawyer Hayden Delaney to partner within the firm’s information & communications technology/intellectual property practice. At the same time, the firm has also promoted two lawyers in its Brisbane-based family law team to special counsel.

Minter Ellison has promoted four lawyers to partners in its Melbourne and Hong Kong offices, effective on 1 July. The three new Melbourne-based partners are insurance and corporate risk lawyers Greg Carfoot and Shelley Werner and construction lawyer Cameron Ross. Corporate lawyer Geraldine Johns-Putra has been promoted in Hong Kong.

Sparke Helmore Lawyers has appointed Hillary Ray as a consultant to the banking and finance team in Sydney. Before joining Sparke Helmore, Hillary was at the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). She has more than 14 years’ experience in financial services regulation.

Squire Sanders has announced the appointment of senior construction and projects lawyer Fabio Fior in Darwin as of counsel. He was previously a partner and head of the infrastructure group at the Canberra office of Minter Ellison. He has over 11 years of experience in construction, property and major projects matters as well as Commonwealth procurement requirements.

China and Hong Kong

Dentons has hired O’Melveny & Myers capital markets partner Gordon Ng to increase its corporate offerings in Hong Kong. Ng, experienced in Hong Kong listings and other financing matters, will take up the role as Dentons’ Asia head of corporate finance and capital markets. Prior to joining O’Melveny’s Hong Kong office in 2010, he was the managing partner of legacy Hogan & Hartson’s Hong Kong office.

Jones Day has added two new of counsel in the firm’s Shanghai office, M&A lawyer Ross Keene and IP lawyer Xu Yang. Keene joins from the Shanghai office of Allens, where he was Chief Representative, and Xu arrives from Simcere Pharmaceutical Group where he was Chief Patent Counsel.

In Hong Kong, Jones Day has also added a banking and finance duo, partner Michelle Taylor and associate Kevin Tsang both joining from Orrick’s Hong Kong office. Taylor was formerly the Asia managing partner of Orrick (2 July 2013)

Zhong Lun has hired a number of partners in its Beijing head office, including Xu Changrong, who joined from Baker Botts’ Beijing office where he was a senior consultant. His practice focuses on foreign direct investment in China, M&A, antitrust and the energy sector. Prior to joining Baker Botts as an associate in 2007, he had practised as an associate in a number of Chinese firms, namely Seafront, King & Wood and G&W.


Duane Morris & Selvam, the joint law venture between US firm Duane Morris and Singapore’s Selvam, has hired IP partner Ung Gim Sei from Taylor Weissing’s Singapore arm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing. His practices focuses on trademark applications, infringement issues, and media and Internet law matters. He was part of the group of 17 partners who left Singapore firm KhattarWong in 2011 to set up RHT Law, which merged a year later with Anglo-German firm Taylor Wessing (31 August 2011).


Mayer Brown JSM has hired a new consultant David Harrison in its Ho Chi Minh City office. Harrison, previously an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Ho Chi Minh City office, is an experienced finance and M&A lawyer. His experience spans bank and project financing, as well as equity and hybrid investments.