12:54, July 04 367 0

2017-07-04 12:54:16
Asia moves: Firms make flurry of promotions and hires in Australia

A flurry of firms, including Allens, KWM and Norton Rose Fulbright, have announced their latest promotions round in Australia.

Allens has promoted six lawyers to partner across its Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney offices. In Sydney, TMT lawyer Valeska Bloch and real estate-focused Alexandra Peace are among the newly made-up partners. In Melbourne, Robert Walker and Rosannah Healy from the competition practice have been elected. Real estate lawyer Liam Chambers in Brisbane and energy, resources and infrastructure lawyer Eve Lynch have been given the nod.

Dentons has make its first partner hire in Australia following the merger with the Sydney and Perth offices of national firm Gadens in December 2016. It has appointed disputes partner Mandi Jacobson as a partner in Sydney. She joins from Baker McKenzie, where she was an associate, and has experience in the life sciences sector representing pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

KWM has promoted seven lawyers to the Australian partnership. The number was down from last year’s 12 promotions. The seven new partners are from dispute resolution, M&A, property and real estate and tax practices. The firm’s Sydney office saw the largest number of promotions, totalling four. Two lawyers in Melbourne and one in Brisbane have been promoted. The new partners are Bill Ladas (dispute resolution, Melbourne), Daisy Mallett (dispute resolution, Sydney), Kirsten Bowe (M&A, Brisbane), Daniel Natale (M&A, Sydney), Francesca Giorlando (projects and real estate, Sydney), Kai-Chen Lamb (tax, Melbourne) and Leah Ranie (tax, Sydney).

Norton Rose Fulbright has added two new partners in Perth and Sydney. M&A lawyer Adam Edelman has returned to the firm’s Perth office after spending five years in HSBC as associate general counsel for group M&A. Prior to his in-house role, Edelman practised with Norton Rose’s Australia and Hong Kong offices for nine years. At the same time, the firm promoted Sydney-based M&A lawyer Raymond Lou to partnership.

Sparke Helmore Lawyers has elected Brisbane-based Matthew Hawker in the government group and Sydney-based Nick Christiansen in the corporate and commercial group to the partnership. Hawker joined the firm in 2007 and focuses on administrative law litigation and workers’ compensation claims. Christiansen joined the firm in 2013 and is a commercial litigator.


Chinese national firm Zhonglun W&D has added two new partners in Beijing. It has hired real estate veteran Xie Ye from Beijing firm Bastion, where she served as executive partner. The firm has also promoted litigation Shi Zhiming as a partner.

Stephenson Harwood’s associated firm in China Wei Tu has hired three new partners from two rival Chinese shipping firms. Wei Tu is based in Guangzhou and was set up in December 2014 following the closure of Stephenson Harwood’s Guangzhou office. The three new partners are Shen Xiangman, Zhang Kehua and Henry Zhu. Shen and Zhang join from Guangzhou-headquartered Wang Jing & Co, while Zhu was previously a partner of Rolmax. Both Shen and Zhu focus on dispute resolution, while Zhang is experienced in corporate and international trade. At the same time, the firm has also promoted corporate associate Zoe Zhu to partner.

Hong Kong

Orrick has appointed Scott Peterman as a partner in its M&A and private equity practice in Hong Kong. Peterman was previously a partner at Jones Day. Prior to join Jones Day’s fund formation practice in 2015, he was a partner at Sidley Austin. He is the second corporate partner hire in Hong Kong this year, following the appointment of former Davis Polk & Wardwell partner Mark Lehmkuhler last month.


CMS has relocated Dubai partner Jeremie Witt to Singapore to head the infrastructure, construction and energy (ICE) disputes team. He will lead the three-member ICE dispute team in Singapore, advising clients on contentious matters across the sector. Witt joined the firm’s Dubai office in 2014 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was an associate. He was made up in CMS in 2016.

South Korea

Latham & Watkins has hired Wonsuk Kang as a partner in its Seoul office. Kang joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Seoul office, where he was a counsel and head of the South Korea division. Prior to joining Freshfields in 2015, he practised at Paul Hastings. Kang advises companies on their investment in the Korean market, and Korean companies on their outbound investments.