DLA Piper’s incumbent Asia-Pacific managing director Alastair da Costa will relocate back to the UK after more than four years at the helm in Hong Kong.
London-based EMEA finance and projects group head Bob Charlton is set to take over the role.
Alastair da Costa was appointed to the managing director of Asia role on 1 January 2008, succeeding Nick Seddon, who left the firm to join Heller Ehrman and later became the Asia managing partner of Eversheds (25 September 2008). Following the completion of DLA Piper’s merger with Australian firm DLA Phillips Fox on 1 May 2011, da Costa was named Asia-Pacific managing director.
Prior to moving to Hong Kong, da Costa was based in Leeds and served as EMEA head of corporate. He has been a UK and global board member at DLA Piper. It is understood that he will take another role back in the UK and will return to the Leeds office.
Charlton joined DLA Piper from Freshfields in 2009 (4 May 2009), where he served as the firm’s Middle East head of finance.
DLA Piper’s Asia-Pacific practice has 700 lawyers across 11 offices in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Thailand.