Asia moves: 4 November

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


Gilbert + Tobin has hired two senior partners from DLA Piper’s Melbourne office, banking and finance partner Tony Holland and project finance partner Damian McNair. The firm has also appointed special counsel Luke Westmore, who joins from DLA Piper in Melbourne. Holland was formerly DLA Piper’s Australia chair and Asia Pacific banking and finance head, while McNair was previously the firm’s Asia Pacific head of finance and projects.

King & Wood Mallesons has hired tax partner Michael Perez from Allens. Perez will join the firm’s Melbourne in January. He has previously worked with a range of high-profile clients including Rio Tinto, Tabcorp, BHP Billiton, Ford and Shell. His practice focuses on stamp duty, GST and income tax as well as managing tax audits and litigation.

Squire Sanders has appointed experienced energy lawyer Clare Pope as of counsel in its Perth office. Dual qualified in England and Wales and Western Australia, Pope was previously a senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills. She also spent time on secondment to BP, principally focused on the British oil giant’s Uruguay access. She is the latest addition to Squire Sanders’ Australian offices. In September, the firm hired a team of financial services lawyers, led by partner Tom Lennox, from DibbsBarker’s Sydney office.


Beijing-headquartered Global Law Office has hired Zhao Bojia as a partner in its securities department in Beijing. Zhao joins from Beijing-based capital markets boutique firm Jia Yuan, where she was a partner. Her practice focuses on onshore and offshore public offerings, M&A and private equity transactions.

Australian firm HopgoodGanim has hired qualified Australian lawyer Michael Wadley in Shanghai as a senior China consultant. Wadley is the firm’s first on-the-ground representation in China. The firm has been working in the country for some years, and has cooperation agreements with two Chinese firms, Dacheng and Zhejiang T&C. Wadley, a resident of Shanghai for 13 years, has extensive experience over the past 20 years providing corporate advisory and legal services to China-related matters.

Simmons & Simmons has appointed Joseph Chu as a dispute resolution partner in its Beijing office. Chu joins from Clifford Chance’s Beijing office, where he was a consultant. He focuses on international arbitration and commercial litigation, particularly in cross-border investment disputes and regulatory investigations.

Hong Kong

Addleshaw Goddard has added four lawyers to its Hong Kong office, following the hire of Hong Kong litigation and employment partner Nigel Francis from Minter Ellison in August. The new lateral hires are litigation managing associate James Yeung, securities enforcement and compliance legal director Ivan Chang, litigation and employment associate Winnie Wong and corporate associate Dan Yang.

Ropes & Gray has relocated its global M&A co-head James Lidbury to Hong Kong from Chicago. Lidbury was appointed to the leadership role in early 2012 and has advised on a number of China-related private equity deals, including advising Blackstone consortium on the buyout of US-listed Chinese technology services company Pactera and TPG on its $108.6m investment in Xinyuan Real Estate in August.


Singaporean firm Stamford Law has appointed experienced litigation lawyer Adrian Tan as a director. Tan joins the firm from Drew & Napier, where he had spent 21 year since pupilage. He has acted on several high-profile cases, including representing Singapore Press Holdings in a trail brought forth by the National Kidney Foundation in 2005 and arguing for the father and son when they sued Credit Suisse over trading losses in August this year.

Addleshaw Goddard has added experienced shipping lawyer Mike Melwood Smith as a consultant in Singapore. He joins from DLA Piper’s Singapore office, where he was a partner and had established the firm’s initial Singapore offering in 2000. He has more than 20 years of experience in South East Asia and spent the last three years in Doha working as a senior legal counsel of Qatargas.