Asian moves: 23 July

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


K&L Gates has appointed Lucy Cordone as a special counsel in its labour, employment and workplace safety practice group, based in Perth. Cordone has over 10 years of senior in-house experience, with her most recent role in the Department of Health Perth as area director for corporate services in the South Metropolitan Health Services.

Marks & Clerk Australia has hired Virginia Beniac-Brooks as a new partner in its Melbourne office, which was opened in 2011. Her practice focuses on biochemistry and is experienced in both prosecution litigation of patents and trade marks. She is qualified as a lawyer in Australia and a registered patent & trade mark attorney in both Australia and New Zealand. She is the fourth partner in the firm’s Melbourne office, following the appointment of patents partner Matt Pini in May.

Melbourne-based Hall & Wilcox has taken on a team of four superannuation lawyers from DLA Piper ’s Melbourne office. The team is led by partner Heather Gray, who has 25 years of experience in superannuation, financial services and trusts. Prior to joining legacy DLA Phillips Fox in 2009, she practised at Holding Redlich and Allens Arthur Robinson. She joins Hall & Wilcox with consultant Andrew Fairley, special counsel Jodi Preston and senior associate Lalitha Visuasam.

China and Hong Kong

US firm Foley & Lardner has hired the former China general counsel at Nike, Shao-Ying Mautner, as a partner and chief representative of its Shanghai office. Mautner has more than 20 years of experience practising in the region, both in private practice and as general counsel in large foreign corporations. She joins from a Hong Kong-based legal consulting firm that she founded in 2010. In that role, she advised clients in all aspects of their business operations in China, managed major transactional and litigation matters and often acted as interim general counsel for clients.

Beijing-headquartered Jun He has added partner Xu Chumeng to its IP practice. Xu joins from IP-focused Beijing firm CCPIT Patent and Trademark, where she was the deputy director of the trademark division. She has 16 years of experience in trademark prosecution and enforcement actions as well as transactional and licensing matters. She has represented many well-known brand owners in developing their brand strategies and protecting their trademark rights in China, including Chrysler Group and BMW.

Withers has appointed former Mayer Brown JSM senior associate Michelle Chow as a consultant in its wealth planning practice in Hong Kong. Chow will advise clients on issues relating to trust, wealth planning and philanthropy. She has over 15 years experience in corporate and charity law, with a focus on advising universities, schools, banks, corporations and individuals on issues relating to setting up charities and compliance. She currently sits on the board of a number of charities in Hong Kong.


Amarchand Mangaldas has hired corporate and M&A partner Rahul Sarella from local rival Tatva Legal to be the new resident partner in its Hyderabad office. Sarella will take over from Anshuman Jaiswal, who has moved to the firm’s corporate practice in Mumbai. He has 17 years of experience, most spent in Mumbai. Prior to joining Tatva Legal, he practised at Wadia Ghandy & Co and KSB Partners, where he set up their Mumbai practice.