Asian Moves: 25 June 2013

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


Beijing-based Han Kun Law Offices has hired Leanne Zheng as a partner in its litigation and arbitration practice team. Zheng joins from Jones Day’s Beijing office, where she practised for seven years as an associate. At the same time, the firm also hired private equity partner He Jun from Beijing rival Concord & Partners. He worked briefly in Kirkland & Ellis’ Chicago office as a visiting lawyer in 2005 and 2006 while he was a partner of Chinese firm DeHeng Law Offices.

US Firm Haynes and Boone has appointed Liza Mark as its first resident partner in Shanghai, having recently received the regulatory approval to open an office in the city. She joins from Dorsey & Whitney’s Hong Kong office, where she was made up in 2007. Qualified in California, Minnesota and Hong Kong, she has 14 years of practice experience in the US and Asia.

Hong Kong

White & Case has appointed capital markets lawyer Julian Chung as a partner in Hong Kong. Chung, joining from Ropes & Gray, has 26 years of experience in M&A and equity capital markets transactions. He has advised on a number of major transactions including the reverse takeover of China Daye Non-Ferrous Metals Mining through the injection of copper assets having a total value of approximately $900m.


Allens has promoted seven senior associates to the firm’s partnership, effective from 1 July. The new partners are Alister Fitzgerald and Michael Morris in Brisbane, Rachel Nicolson, Michael Ryan and Geoff Sanders in Melbourne, Chris Prestwich in Sydney and Mark McAleer in Perth. The appointments are made across the energy, resources & infrastructure, banking & finance, corporate, real estate, TMT and litigation practice groups.

King & Wood Mallesons has promoted four lawyers in Sydney and Perth to its Australian partnership, effective from 1 July. The new partners in Perth are Nathan Collins in banking & finance and Katherine Vines in real estate, construction & environment. In Sydney, Claire Rogers in banking & finance and Paul Schroder in M&A are promoted.


Pan-Southeast Asian firm DFDL has appointed Australian lawyer Chris Robinson as its head of corporate and commercial practice group and Cambodia deputy managing director, replacing Olivier Kry from 20 May 2013. Robinson joins from Vietnam-based Frasers Law Company in Vietnam, where he was a special counsel. Prior to that, he served as general counsel of McMillan Shakespeare in Melbourne and NTT Australia in Sydney.


Indian firm Amarchand Mangaldas has appointed Ajit Warrier as partner in the litigation practice of its New Delhi office. Warrier was previously with a partner in Luthra & Luthra’s dispute resolution team. He has a track record of achieving results and building client confidence for over 20 years.

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