Asian moves: 9 July

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


Baker & McKenzie has appointed two new partners in its tax and employment teams in Australia. The two new partners, Ellen Thomas and Sean Selleck, both join from King & Wood Mallesons, where they were senior associates. Sydney-based Thomas focuses on general corporate, property and banking tax advice across a range of sectors including mining and financial services. Melbourne-based Selleck advises on employment issues and disputes and industrial strategies and disputes.

HWL Ebsworth Lawyers has promoted five to partner across its Sydney and Melbourne offices. The new partners are David Jury, Julie Talakovski, Stuart Walton and Thomas Sterling in Sydney and Sam Dwyer in Melbourne. They are from the firm’s building and construction, litigation, banking and finance, real estate and projects, and commercial groups respectively.

Maddocks has added five to its partnership with two lateral hires and three internal promotions. The new partners are Melbourne-based corporate lawyer Catherine Debreceny, infrastructure and projects lawyer Simela Karasavidis, planning and environment lawyer Mimi Marcus and disputes-focused Gina Wilson and Sydney-based corporate lawyer Luccille Scomazzon.

Sparke Helmore has hired Roger Sands as a new partner in its insurance group based in Perth. Sands was previously the head of insurance at Rockwell Olivier’s Perth office. He has represented insurers and employers in the areas of statutory classes of insurance and liability for more than 25 years. Sands’ appointment follows Joel Sheldrick’s recent promotion to partner in the insurance group in Perth and the appointment of Yvette McLaughlin as a partner in the firm’s insurance group in Brisbane.

China and Hong Kong

DLA Piper has hired Benjamin Sandstad as a finance and project partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Dual-qualified in Hong Kong and Australia, Sandstad joins from Mayer Brown JSM’s Hong Kong office, where was made up in 2011 and was promoted to head the firm’s Asia structured finance practice. He was previously a partner at Australian firm Clayton Utz and also practised law with Linklaters in Hong Kong and Tokyo as an associate.

Withers has relocated London-based litigation partner Stacey Devoy to Hong Kong to grow its Asian matrimonial practice. Devoy’s practice focuses on the financial aspects of relationship breakdown particularly in cases involving complex financial structures, trusts and offshore assets. She was one of the five lawyers promoted to the firm’s partnership in 2012.

Gide Loyrette Nouel has promoted three lawyers in its Greater China offices to partner in the firm’s recent global promotion round, which has added a total of 11 to the firm’s partnership. The new partners are projects and corporate lawyer Gilles Cardonnel and banking and finance lawyer Rebecca Finn, both in Hong Kong, and tax lawyer Guo Min in Beijing.


Bingham has strengthened its Japan IP practice with the appointment of partner Chris Mizumoto in Tokyo. Mizumoto joins from DLA Piper, where he was an associate. His practice focuses on US patent litigation and prosecution.