Asia moves: 29 October

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


Former Western Australia minister for mines and petroleum, fisheries and electoral affairs, Norman Moore, has joined Minter Ellison as a consultant in Perth. With 36 years as a MP, Moore’s remit with the firm will focus on assisting with issues arising from relevant to mining and petroleum legislation, indigenous governance issues, including Native Title and environmental issues.

Sydney-based Addisons has hired corporate partner Arthur Davis from Norton Rose Fulbright. Davis focuses on cross-border M&A transactions and joint ventures. He joined legacy Deacons Australia as a partner in 2004 from Ernest & Young, where he was a partner.


Dorsey & Whitney has hired corporate lawyer Frank Hong as a partner in its Shanghai office. Hong’s practice focuses on cross-border investment, especially between China and the US. He was previously a partner in the Shanghai office of Chinese firm Long An. He is admitted to practise law in California, New Jersey and Florida.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed experienced antitrust lawyer Ninette Dodoo as a counsel in its Beijing office. Dodoo joins from Clifford Chance, where she was an counsel and the head of the China antitrust practice. She will take up the depute head role of Freshfields’ China antitrust, competition and trade practice alongside practice head Michael Han.

McDermott Will & Emery has promoted Shanghai-based US and international tax lawyer William Zhang to partner. Zhang is one of the 23 lawyers that have been made up in the firm’s recent global promotion round, which will take effect on 1 January 2014.

Hong Kong

Debevoise & Plimpton has added international counsel Andy Soh to its Hong Kong litigation team. Soh joins the firm from General Electric International, where he was executive counsel for Asia-Pacific litigation and investigations. His practice focuses on internal investigations, dispute resolution and government enforcement defence. He is admitted to practice in New York, England & Wales and Singapore and is a registered foreign lawyer in Hong Kong.

Withers has added five lawyers to its Asian family law practice based in Hong Kong. The new additions are Veronica Chan, April Wong, Billy Ko and William Huynh, all joining from other firms, and Tim Carpenter, who has been relocated from Withers’ London office. Following the new hires, the firm’s family team in Hong Kong now consists of 15 lawyers.


Baker & McKenzie has appointed corporate lawyer Jeremy White as a partner in its Tokyo office. White joins from Allen & Overy’s Tokyo office, where he was of counsel. He is a registered foreign lawyer (gaikokuho jimu bengoshi) and will be a member of the firm’s corporate and M&A practice group.


Pan-Southeast Asian firm DFDL has promoted Yangon-based lawyer Thida Aye to Myanmar country partner. She is a qualified Burmese lawyer with more than 20 years of legal experience in Myanmar. Her practice includes contracts, transportation, corporate, real estate, energy, finance, litigation, energy and telecommunications.


Norton Rose Fulbright has relocated London banking and finance partner Keith Sandilands to Singapore to head its Asia aviation practice. Sandilands is an asset and structured finance lawyer and is experienced in all aspects of aviation finance, operating leasing and the sale and purchase of aircraft. He previously worked in the firm’s Singapore and Jakarta offices between 1991 and 1999. He will lead the Asia aviation practice, consisting of six partners across Asia.

Drew & Napier has welcomed back senior corporate lawyer Leena Pinsler, who is returning to the firm as a consultant after spending seven years as a partner in rival Singaporean firm Rajah & Tann. Pinsler is an experienced corporate and finance lawyer with a focus on India. She joined Drew & Napier as a pupil in 1983 and become a partner in 1988. She was instrumental in establishing the firm’s India Desk in 1994.