Asia moves: 17 March

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


Australian mid-tier firm Mills Oakley has added five partners to its Sydney office. The partners are joining from five different firms. Corporate partner Simon Champion joins from Piper Alderman, administrative law partner Rohan White joins from Sparke Helmore and workplace relations partner Malcolm Davis left Herbert Geer for the firm. They are joined by financial services partner Jason Leonard, formerly with HWL Ebsworth, and family law partner Susan Warda from Coleman Greig.

Australia listed insurance group QBE has appointed Peter Horton to group general counsel and company secretary. Horton will succeed Duncan Ramsay, who will be leaving the organisation after over 20 years of service at QBE on 30 June 2014. Horton previously held the same position at supermarket chain Woolworths for nine years.


Zhong Lun has hired corporate lawyer Paul Wang from Dechert’s Beijing office. Wang. He will take up a consultant role in Zhong Lun’s corporate department. Wang’s move comes less than two years after he joined Dechert from Chinese firm DeHeng. He was a partner in both firms. Prior to joining DeHeng, he was an associate in Sidley Austin’s Chicago office.

Hong Kong

Berwin Leighton Paisner has added structured asset finance partner Nigel Ward to its Hong Kong base. Ward joins from Norton Rose Fulbright. He is experienced in advising on asset and secured financing transactions and products, with a particular emphasis on shipping and offshore aircraft and other mobile equity finance.

Fried Frank has promoted Hong Kong litigation lawyer Alfred Wu to partner. Wu is one of five lawyers elected to the firm’s partnership globally this year. He handles general commercial litigation and arbitration matters. He is licensed to practice law in Canada, England and Wales, and Hong Kong.

Latham & Watkins has promoted Hong Kong capital markets lawyer Posit Laohaphan as a partner. Laohaphan is one of the two Asia-based lawyers to be made up in the firm’s latest six-strong global promotion round. Andrew Roche, a project development and finance lawyer in Singapore, is the other newly-elected partner in Asia.

Reed Smith has appointed Terry Floyd as a new counsel in its global shipping group in Hong Kong. Floyd joins from Ince & Co, where he spent 24 years in shipping practice as solicitor with 18 of these years in Hong Kong. His practice focuses predominantly on admiralty and casualty work.


K&L Gates has hired Philip Hyde as a partner in the finance practice. Hyde was previously a debt capital markets partner in Hogan Lovells’ Tokyo office, having joined from Simmons & Simmons in 2008. At K&L Gates, Hyde will work out of both Tokyo and Hong Kong offices. He has more than 20 years of experience advising a range of financial institutions on debt capital markets and finance transactions, including structured finance, restructuring, derivatives and securitisations. He is the sixth partner lateral hire by K&L Gates in Asia Pacific so far this year.


Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has hired Stephenson Harwood’s global aviation head Paul Ng as a partner in Singapore. Ng joined Stephenson Harwood in 2009 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was head of asset finance for Asia. Stephenson Harwood has appointed London-based partner Richard Parsons as its new global head of aviation following Ng’s departure.

South Korea

Bae Kim & Lee has added three former judges to its partnership. They are Taeck Soo Kwon, former presiding judge of Seoul High Court, Joo Hyae Jun, former presiding judge of the 1st Criminal Division of Seoul Central District Court and Yeon Kim, who was previously a research judge of the Supreme Court. Kwon, with particular expertise in patent infringement cases, is joining the firm’s intellectual property practice, while Jun and Kim will join the litigation department.

Yoon & Yang has appointed former chief prosecutor of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ office Young Kon Cho as a partner. With his 23-years tenure in the prosecutor’s office, Cho will join the firm’s white-collar criminal defence practice group to focus on white-collar crime and other high-profile criminal matters.

Yulchon has hired former IP judge Dong Soo Han as a partner in Seoul. Prior to joining Yulchon, Han was presiding judge of the Civil Appellate Court in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do province. He has 16 years of experience as a judge in various Korean courts, with a focus on IP and patent related matters.