Linklaters goes back to Bakers for latest Asia hire

Linklaters has added to its Hong Kong competition practice by hiring Baker & McKenzie partner Clara Ingen-Housz.

Ingen-Housz will join the magic circle firm’s partnership in early October as part of the firm’s push in antitrust across Asia, which comes as a new competition law in Hong Kong is set to come into force imminently.

Ingen-Housz made partner at Bakers last year (27 June 2012). Her clients at the firm have included Sirius Satellite Radio, which she advised on its on its $13bn merger with XM Satellite Radio in 2007, EchoStar on its attempted $28.5bn merger with DirecTV in 2002 and Intellisync on merger filings related to its acquisition by Nokia in 2006.

She also defended MasterCard in US antitrust litigation initiated by American Express and Discover concerning alleged exclusionary practices, which settled in 2008.

The move follows hiring exchanges between Linklaters and Bakers in Asia that saw a five-lawyer Linklaters team in Tokyo join the US firm last year (5 January 2012), while Bakers Beijing corporate partner Pui Hong Chik went in the opposite direction a few months later (15 October 2012).

Meanwhile, Linklaters’ global head of legal sourcing Brian Henderson joined Bakers in Hong Kong last year as its COO for Hong Kong, China and Vietnam.

Linklaters’ China competition practice will continue to be chiefed by Beijing-based counsel Fay Zhou and Cheng Yuan.

Linklaters Asia managing partner Stuart Salt said in a statement: “Given the increasing importance to our clients of Asia antitrust, developing a market-leading pan-Asian antitrust practice is a key part of the firm’s commitment to its relationships with clients globally.”