Asia moves: 10 September 2013

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


Corrs Chambers Westgarth has added three partners in Sydney and Melbourne. It has hired finance partner Alex Regan in Sydney, who was formerly a partner of King & Wood Mallesons, and took a construction and projects duo, Andrew Stephenson and Michael Earwaker, from the Melbourne office of Clayton Utz. Prior to joining legacy Mallesons Stephen Jaques as a partner in 2008, Regan was a partner in Paul Hastings Hong Kong office and had previously worked in Shearman & Sterling for nine years. Stephenson was head of Clayton Utz’s construction and international arbitration groups, while Earwaker was a partner of that group.

Gadens has appointed corporate and M&A lawyer David Perks as a partner in Perth. Perks was formerly a partner at King & Wood Mallesons and focuses on energy, resources and projects. He has experience advising some of the world’s leading mining companies including BHP Billiton, CITIC Resources, Goldcorp and Focus Minerals. His appointment follows the recent promotion of five lawyers to partnership across Gadens’ Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney offices.

Australian firms Henry Davis York and Kemp Strang have both hired partners from Ashurst Australia. M&A partner Jason Lambeth is leaving the firm to join Sydney-based Kemp Strang, while commercial and construction partners Graham Read and Kevin Arkwright has recently joined Henry Davis York’s Sydney office.

China and Hong Kong

Newly established Chinese firm AnJie has recruited corporate lawyer Zhang Xianzhong as a partner in its Beijing head office. Zhang joins from the Beijing office from Grandall and focuses on telecommunications, private equity and real estate. Anjie was established in October last year by a group of partners from large national firms including Grandall, Zhong Lun and Zhonglun W&D (26 October 2012).

Hong Kong litigation boutique Gall has strengthened its employment practice with the hire of Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong partner Jennifer Van Dale. She was the head of Bakers’ Hong Kong employment practice, where she was made up in 2009. She advises clients on contract negotiations, termination of employment, and discrimination claims, among other related matters.

Simmons & Simmons has added a partner to its Hong Kong office. Gaven Cheong joins from the Hong Kong office of Sidley Austin, where he was a counsel in the investment funds practice. Cheong joined Sidley in 2006 as an associate and was promoted to counsel in 2012. He also previously practised at Clifford Chance and legacy Herbert Smith in Hong Kong.


Sidley Austin has hired a team of three lawyers from the Singapore office Clifford Chance. The team include counsel Josephine Law, senior associate Joel Seow and associate Reina Chua. They all focus on investment funds practice. They previously worked with Sidley Austin partner Han Ming Ho, who joined the firm from Clifford Chance in March 2013 (21 March 2013).