Asia moves: 16 May

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


Ashurst has strengthened its finance practice in Australia with the hire of new partner Jennifer Schlosser, who will join from King & Wood Mallesons’ Sydney office on 1 July. Schlosser has expertise in the securitisation and structured debt capital market areas.

The firm has also added additional manpower to its finance practice in Asia. In Singapore, the firm has appointed former White & Case banking partner Kate Allchurch as a partner. Meanwhile, it has relocated banking partner Doos Choi and finance partner Chris Tang to Hong Kong from Sydney and London respectively.

DibbsBarker has hired Macaire Bromley as a partner in Sydney. Bromley was a senior associate at Allen & Overy’s London office for three years, where she focused on restructuring and insolvency. Prior to that she practised at Ashurst’s Sydney office for 10 years.

DLA Piper has hired litigation partner Kon Tsiakis from HWL Ebsworth’s Melbourne office. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, insolvency and reconstruction. Prior to joining HWL Ebsworth in 2011, he was a special counsel at Herbert Smith Freehills legacy firm Freehills.

DLA Piper’s Melbourne managing partner Peter Monk has left the firm to join start-up virtual law firm Hive Legal. The new firm was co-founded by former DLA Piper Melbourne corporate partner Simon Davidson and former Minter Ellison partner Mitzi Gilligan in February 2014.


Beijing-based Broad & Bright has hired Yuan Kai as a new partner. Yuan was previously an associate at Goodwin Procter’s Hong Kong office and had also practiced at DLA Piper’s Shanghai and Hong Kong offices. He focuses on private equity, capital markets and real estate. He will be based in the firm’s Guangzhou office, which is due to be launched in the coming months.

Hong Kong

Bird & Bird has hired former Herbert Smith Freehills Asia TMT head Michelle Chen as a partner in Hong Kong. Chen, dual qualified in Hong Kong and England and Wales, has been practising in Hong Kong since 1997 and had worked as in-house legal counsel whilst on secondment to Alcatel-Jucent in Shanghai from 2003 to 2004.

Debevoise & Plimpton has grown its Hong Kong corporate insurance team with the addition of international counsel Stuart Valentine. Valentine joins the firm’s financial institutions group from King & Wood Mallesons’ Hong Kong office, where he was a partner since 2006. Prior to that, he was a partner at Clifford Chance for 12 years. He focuses on the insurance and financial services industries.

DLA Piper has named Paul Chen as its new head of Asia corporate practice. Chen, currently based in the firm’s Silicon Valley office will relocate to Hong Kong for the new role. Prior to joining DLA Piper in 2012, he was a partner at now defunct firm Dewey & LeBoeuf and had served as the firm’s Hong Kong managing partner. Chen replaces Mabel Lui, who has joined Winston & Strawn with three lawyers.

Goodwin Procter has added two corporate partners to its Hong Kong office, Andrew Yang and Christopher Yu. Yang joins the firm from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and Yu previously worked at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Both were senior associates at their former firms. Yang advises clients on private equity and capital markets transactions, and Yu advises mostly on M&A, IPOs and privatisation of Hong Kong listed companies.

Ince & Co has promoted Hong Kong litigation lawyer Su Yin Anand to partner, effective from 1 May. Her core practice areas are shipping, international trade and commodities and general commercial disputes. She is one of the only two lawyers made up at Ince & Co this year along with Paris-based customs and excise lawyer Freddy Desplanques.


Morrison & Foerster has hired former Linklaters bengoshi partner Akihiro Wani as senior counsellor in Tokyo. He previously served as the joint managing partner of Linklaters’ Tokyo office from 2005 to 2012. Wani will be based in Ito & Mitomi, the registered associated office of Morrison & Foerster. He has nearly 30 years of experience in capital markets, acting for major Japanese financial intuitions on financial regulations, derivatives and structured finance transactions.


Morrison & Foester has hired corporate partner Shirin Tang as a partner in Singapore. She was previously a counsel at Shearman & Sterling.  Her practice focuses on M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions.

Reed Smith has boosted its South East Asia commodities offering with the relocation of senior associate Jessica Kenworthy from London to Singapore. Kenworthy is one of the firm’s senior trade finance lawyers and joined the firm’s London office with partner Jonathan Solomon from Dentons in 2013.

Taylor Vinters has appointed Winnie Chang as a partner in its Singapore office and the head of TMT Asia. Chang joins from Singaporean firm Colin Ng & Partners, where she served the same role. She has over 13 years of experience in the TMT sector and had previously practised at Bird & Bird’s London office as senior associate from 2007 to 2010.

South East Asia

DFDL has promoted deputy country managing partner Rupert Haw to country managing director of its Lao practice. He replaces the outgoing managing director Brennan Coleman, who is leaving the firm to become RMA Group’s first general counsel based in Bangkok. Haw is experienced in telecommunications, corporate finance and M&A.


K&L Gates has appointed former general counsel of Openwave Systems and Yahoo! Asia Pacific Jim Wu as a partner in its Taipei and Palo Alto offices. Wu returns to the firm after spending 15 years in a leadership or in-house counsel role for a number of companies. He was previously a founding partner in both the Taipei and San Francisco offices of K&L Gates predecessor firm Preston Gates & Ellis.