Asian moves: 4 June 2013

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


Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth has hired Allens’ former Singapore managing partner Robert Clarke as a partner in its Melbourne office. Dual qualified in both Australia and the UK, Clarke focuses mainly on corporate and M&A. He spent a considerable part of his career in Singapore, and is experienced in handling transactions across South East Asia. He was a partner of Allens’ Singapore office from 2006, promoted to office managing partner in 2008 and relocated to Allens’ Melbourne office in 2011. He previously worked as special counsel in Slaughter and May’s Singapore office, which was closed in July 2004.

IP firm Marks & Clerk has appointed Matt Pini as a new partner to its Melbourne office, which was opened in 2011. Pini, focusing on the drafting and prosecution of software and electronics patents, will manage the office’s patent practice.


US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has strengthened its corporate capability of its Beijing office with the addition of partner Chen Li. She joins the firm from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, where she was of counsel. Prior to moving to Milbank in 2011, she was an associate with Shearman & Sterling. Her practice concentrates on outbound and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and foreign direct investment, with a focus on major Chinese state-owned enterprises.

US firm Winston & Strawn has announced that Matthew Durham will join the firm’s Shanghai office as a partner in its labor and employment practice. Durham was formerly a partner with Clyde & Co, where he was head of the employment team for mainland China and Hong Kong.

Hong Kong

US firm K&L Gates has added Virginia Tam as a partner in the corporate practice and Sacha Cheong as counsel in the litigation and dispute resolution practice, both in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Tam joins from White & Case and Cheong joins from Clifford Chance. Additionally, the firm added a new intellectual property counsel Soheui Choe to its Seoul office.

UK firm Ashursthas recently promoted Jonathan Hsui as corporate partner in Hong Kong. Hsui joined the firm in 2011 as counsel. He joined from BNP Paribas in Hong Kong and specialises in corporate finance transactions across Asia Pacific.

Hong Kong firm Howse Williams Bowers has added Andrew Kinnison as a partner in Hong Kong. He was previously a partner at Holman Fenwick Willan and specialises in commercial litigation and insolvency.


US firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy has appointed Aled Davies as a partner in its project finance practice in Tokyo. Davies will join from Allen & Overy’s office, where he was the head of the firm’s Asia Pacific projects group. His start date at Milbank is 1 September.


Singaporean firm Stamford Law has appointed two new partners from international firms. Capital markets partner Lim Sin Teck joins from White & Case’s Singapore office, where he was a counsel, while funds partner Daniel Yong joins from Norton Rose’ Singapore office. Last August, the firm hired an arbitration partner apiece from international rivals DLA Piper and Clyde & Co – Justyn Jagger and Timothy Cooke (1 August 2012).