Asia moves: 7 October

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


Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has hired two partners in Australia, with corporate partner David Ryan joining from Baker & McKenzie and financial partner David Lyons joining from Norton Rose Fulbright. Ryan was previously a partner and the global head of mining and metals of Bakers in Sydney, where he had practised for 14 years, while Lyons was previous a partner in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Brisbane office.

K&L Gates has added Alex Eastwood as a partner in its energy, infrastructure and resources practice in Perth. Eastwood joins from Gryphon Minerals, where he served as general counsel. He has nearly 20 years of experience in advising ASX listed and private companies, predominantly in the energy and resources, mining services, and technology sectors. In the past 14 months, he played an integral role in the senior management team of Gryphon Minerals, advising on corporate governance, executive remuneration, and legal aspects in relation to the permitting and project funding of the Banfora Gold Project in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Norton Rose Fulbright has relocated banking and finance partner Leigh Borrello from Singapore to its Sydney office. Borrello focuses on air craft finance, ship finance and structured finance transactions. He is the third partner to have transferred to Australia from elsewhere in the firm’s international network over the past year, following Chris Redden from Hong Kong and Jake Howard from London.

China and Hong Kong

DLA Piper has appointed Horace Lam as a partner in its Beijing office, who will also take on the role of China IP head. Lam joins from Jones Day, where he has been a partner since 2011. Prior to that, he was previously the head of China IP and Beijing office managing partner of Hogan Lovells. He will join with three other fee-earners from Jones Day: Stacy Yuan, Alicia Ma and Helen Ding.

Latham & Watkins has hired corporate partner Liu Ji from Norton Rose Fulbright’s Hong Kong office. Liu focuses on US securities law and capital markets transactions and has 16 years of experience in the US, with half of the time spent in Silicon Valley. He joined Norton Rose in 2011 as a partner from Shearman & Sterling’s Menlo Park office, where he was a senior associate.

Paul Hastings has promoted corporate of counsel Li Nan to partner. Li, currently based in Hong Kong, will relocate to the firm’s Beijing office. His practice focuses on capital markets, M&A, and private equity transactions. Recently, he was part of the firm’s team representing the underwriters in the $398m Hong Kong IPO of Chinalco Mining Corporation International, and advising Shuanghui International on its $7.1bn acquisition of Smithfield Foods in the US.

Kirkland & Ellis has promoted three to its partnership in Hong Kong as part of its global promotion round, which made up 80 lawyers effective from 1 October. All three new Hong Kong partners are in the corporate team, and they are Henry Cheng, Benjamin James and Stephanie Lau.


Reed Smith has added a new partner to its Singapore office with the hire of former Herbert Smith Freehills Jakarta of counsel Charles Ball. Ball has more than 12 years’ experience working on dispute resolution matters in Asia, including six years in Tokyo and the past six years in Jakarta. His work encompasses arbitration, litigation management and conflict resolution/crisis management. He also regularly assists clients with FCPA and UK Bribery Act investigations and compliance issues.


Indian firm Khaitan & Co has promoted two lawyers to associate partners in its Mumbai office, Ashish Razdan and Kumar Saurabh. Razdan is a member of the firm’s corporate and M&A team while Saurabh is a member of the banking and finance team. At the same time, the firm’s Mumbai partner Murali Neelakantan has recently joined Indian pharmaceutical giant Cipla as global general counsel.