RPC hires Asia COO from Goodwin Proctor to drive growth

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has appointed a chief executive officer for its nascent Asia practice to lead the development of the regional base.

Working alongside Asia senior partner David Smyth, Jennifer Fennerty will take responsibility for managing all of RPC’s non-legal operations in Asia, including strategy, business planning, finance, human resources and business development.

The firm appointed Smyth in April from legacy Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) to lead its new Asia practice (4 April 2012). He joined the firm with three BLG partners – Antony Sassi and shipping experts Andrew Horton and Gary Yin – to launch the Hong Kong office. They were joined by a fifth partner, corporate lawyer Jason Carmichael, who had previously been a partner with local Hong Kong firm CdB and JC& Co, which he co-founded in 2009 after he left Clyde & Co’s Hong Kong office.

This came after RPC launched in Singapore last October following the hire of legacy BLG insurance and reinsurance partner Mark Errington (27 October 2011).

Fennerty joins the firm from Goodwin Procter, where she was Pan-Asia practice manager, prior to which she led business development in Mainland China for Clifford Chance.

RPC managing partner Jonathan Watmough said: “”Her knowledge of the local market and, in particular, the complexities of Hong Kong and China employment regulations, company law and regional regulatory processes mean she is perfectly placed to support the partners in building a strong commercial presence in the region.”