Asia moves: 15 October

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


K&L Gates has hired five partners across Melbourne, Perth and Sydney from international and Australian rivals. In Perth, the firm has added former Squire Sanders partner Amber Stanton to its energy, infrastructure and resources practice, and employment partner Andrew Kennedy, who was previously the legal services manager of mining company Newmont Australia. In Sydney, employment partner Christa Lenard joins from Clayton Utz and tax partner Betsy-Ann Howe joins from Sparke Helmore. In Melbourne, the firm has hired tax partner Alan Maclean from HWL Ebsworth.

Hall & Wilcox has appointed Natasha Toholka as a special counsel in its commercial dispute resolution team. Toholka was previously a special counsel of Minter Ellison’s Melbourne office. She has more than 10 years of experience in litigation, particularly for matters in relation to insolvency, banking and finance and securities enforcement.

China and Hong Kong

Chinese firm Han Kun Law Offices has appointed US qualified lawyer Mike Chiang as a senior counsel in Shanghai. Chiang joins from Shanghai firm AllBright, where he practised for eight years. Prior to joining AllBright, he worked at Jones Day’s Taipei office. He advises on both transactional and dispute resolution matters.

White & Case has promoted Beijing-based banking lawyer David Li to partnership in the firm’s most recent global promotion round. Li, a Singaporean national, has been based in Beijing since 2006. He advises clients on a wide range of equity and debt financing transactions in Asia. Among the 18 lawyers made up, Singapore-based Thomas Benedict is the only other lawyer promoted in Asia. Benedict is the head of the firm’s white collar practice in Asia.

Withers will relocate its head of international finance and projects practice Denis Petkovic from London to Hong Kong, as the firm extends its offering in Asia. Petkovic, with 30 years of experience, will lead the firm’s initiative to build an Asian regional corporate and finance team from Hong Kong. In addition to the senior relocation, Withers has added seven partners in Hong Kong and Singapore through internal promotions and lateral hires in the past year.

Stephenson Harwood has added three lawyers in its Greater China offices. Corporate lawyer Hugh Dong has joined the firm’s Beijing office as a legal director from Beijing King & Bond law firm, where he was a partner. Wealth management lawyer Peter Hodson and commercial litigation lawyer join the firm’s Hong Kong office as consultants. Hodson, previously a managing director of a trust company in Hong Kong, will also serve as head of trust at Stephenson Harwood. Fewins was previously a counsel of Clyde & Co’s Hong Kong office and her practice focuses on employment law and intellectual property.