Asia moves: 9 June 2014

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


Allens has promoted three lawyers to its partnership, Ho Chi Minh City-based Linh Bui, Melbourne based Peter Haig and Kate Towey in Sydney. Bui advises companies on foreign investment matters in Vietman with a focus on food and beverage and oil and gas sectors. Haig specialises in class actions, regulatory investigations and dispute resolution. Towey works on M&A and equity markets transactions. The promotions are in addition to the lateral hire of financial services partner Michelle Levy, who joins Allens in June from King Wood & Mallesons’ Sydney office.

DLA Piper has appointed Peter Jones as a partner in its IP and technology group in Sydney. Jones joins from Gilbert + Tobin where he was a partner in the TMT and project services team. He has a strong track record in advising on major system integration projects, sourcing arrangements, network-related projects and services engagements and information technology transactions.

Gadens has added Tim Lipscombe as a partner in its banking and finance team in Sydney. Lipscombe joins from Ashurst, where he was a partner for nine years. He is experienced in the areas of syndicated, club and bilateral corporate finance and bank lending, as well as leveraged and acquisition finance and asset and equipment finance and leasing. 

Moray & Agnew has hired DLA Piper’s government litigation group head Norman Abrams as a partner in Melbourne. During his time at DLA Piper, Abrams acted for numerous Commonwealth agencies and state government departments. His is particularly known for complex workplace health and safety issues and compliance matters.


Concord & Partners has added former Squire Sanders Shanghai partner Ni Xudong to its Shanghai office. Ni advises on general corporate matters in China. Ni joined Squire Sanders in 2012 from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton where he was a special counsel. Prior to that, he had been a partner at Beijing Xin Ji Yuan Law Offices.

Global Law Offices has added a counsel in its Japanese practice group in Shanghai. Hu Xuanjing joins from the Shanghai office of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, where she practised as a foreign lawyer for three years. Prior to that she worked at Mori Hamata Matsumoto and Freshfirkeds Bruckhaus Deringe.

Newly merged Squire Patton Boggs has added corporate partner Li Hua to its Beijing office. Li joins from French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Beijing office, where she was a local partner. Qualified in Paris, her practice mainly focuses on international trade, antitrust, competition and regulatory compliance matters. She has advised on a considerable number of trade defence proceedings, such as anti-dumping, anti-s8bsidy and safeguard cases.

Hong Kong

Latham & Watkins has relocated litigation partner Catherine Palmer from New York to Hong Kong in a bid to increase its litigation capability in Asia. Palmer advises clients on criminal or regulatory investigations with an emphasis on global corruption, bribery and sanctions investigation as well as global antitrust cartel investigations. Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, she served in the US Department of Justice, where she held many senior positions.

Zhong Lun has added another partner to its Hong Kong office with the hire of former Reed Smith counsel Victor Pang. Pang advises clients on corporate finance and M&A work, including Chinese companies in their overseas listings and investments. Pang’s appointment comes just a few months after the joining of former Dechert Hong Kong managing partner Basil Hwang (13 January 2014).


Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy has hired Paul Ng as a partner in its aviation finance team in Singapore. Ng joins from Stephenson Harwood, where he was global head of aviation finance. Earlier in his career, he practised at Milbank as an associate. He represents parties in in all aspects of aviation financing.

20 Essex Street has hired Indian lawyer Nakul Dewan as an independent counsel in its Singapore office. Dewan joins from Singaporean firm Allen & Gledhill, where he was a counsel focusing on litigation and arbitration. While being an impendent counsel at 20 Essex Street, he will continue his practice in India, where he is a qualified lawyer. He is currently acquiring full rights to practise in the English courts and has been invited to become a member of the London set upon qualification.


Allen & Overy has named project finance partner Adam Moncrieff as its new Vietnam managing partner. He recently relocated from the firm’s Tokyo office to head the banking and projects practice in Vietnam. His appointment to the country management role comes following the departure of predecessor Dao Nguyen, who joined the firm from Mayer Brown JSM to launch Allen & Overy’s Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City offices in 2012.