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2018-01-16 03:09:08
Asia moves: Sidley, White & Case and Bakers bulk up

The new year saw a raft of partner promotions and appointments at firms in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Tokyo and Thailand.

Former White & Case partner Seiji Matsuzoe moved to Baker McKenzie’s capital markets practice in Tokyo. Matsuzoe’s practice focuses on the financing of capital market transactions.

Disputes lawyer Janice Tay also joined Baker McKenzie when she was appointed to the partnership at member firm Wong & Partners in Kuala Lumpur. Tay was hired to bolster the firm’s construction, engineering and infrastructure capabilities. Wong & Partners now consists of 18 partners and more than 50 associates.

White & Case lost another partner to Ashurst as Damien Whitehead moved to the firm’s finance practice in Hong Kong. Damien led the financial restructuring & insolvency team in Asia for White & Case and prior to that, he was the head of restructuring & insolvency (Greater China) for Herbert Smith Freehills.

Sidley Austin appointed Constance Choy and Effie Vasilopoulos as co-managing partners to lead the firm’s efforts in China across its Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing offices.

A partner with Sidley for 17 years, Choy is also a member of the firm’s executive committee and the leader of the China corporate and finance practice group. Vasilopoulos joined Sidley more than 14 years ago as a partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office. She is a member of the firm’s executive committee and a leader of the firm’s global investment funds, advisers and derivatives practice.

Tom Albrecht, who will continue to act as Sidley’s Asia-Pacific managing partner, said the new appointments underscore the importance of the China offices in Sidley’s global strategic plans.

In Hong Kong, disputes-focused firm Gall made two partner appointments supported by three new junior lawyers. Evelyn Chan re-joined the firm in November 2017. She was previously a partner in the dispute resolution group of another Hong Kong independent law firm. Partner Nick Dealy joined from UBS AG where he was the head of litigation & investigations Asia-Pacific.

Hong Kong firm Deacons announced that it had promoted six employees to the partnership including Elsie Chan from the employment practice, Maynard Leung and Gary Wong from the corporate finance practice, Carmen Ng from the commercial litigation practice, Fiona Fong from the investment funds practice and Jeff McLean from the intellectual property practice.

Also in Hong Kong, Winston & Strawn hired Terence Wong as a dispute resolution partner to join its Hong Kong and Shanghai offices. Wong will start working at the firm in October after more than 17 years at Hogan Lovells in Shanghai. He focuses on international arbitration.

Intellectual property lawyer Henry Wheare joined Nixon Peabody CWL in Hong Kong as a partner. Wheare joins from Hogan Lovells where he was a former partner and counsel in the firm’s Hong Kong and Vietnam offices.

Chinese firm Han Kun Law Offices continued its streak of hiring lawyers from big-name firms, landing partner Yang Tiecheng, who was most recently the head of the China financial regulatory practice at Clifford Chance. Yang, who will remain in Beijing, spent 20 years at the magic circle firm. He advises clients on a variety of issues relating to financial services in China. Last year Han Kun hired Duan Min from Morgan Lewis and Li Xiaoming from White & Case.

Allen & Gledhill has appointed Huang Xuhua as head of the China practice group. Xuhua has been based in Beijing, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore in the course of his legal career and specialises in mergers and acquisitions, cross-border investments and private equity transactions.

Regional Southeast Asian law firm Tilleke & Gibbins announced the promotion of four employees to the partnership in Thailand and Vietnam. Kien Trung Trinh and Vinh Quoc Nguyen will focus on a range of corporate and commercial matters, Loc Xuan Le is an intellectual property specialist and Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh will lead the firm’s non-contentious insurance practice. Tilleke & Gibbins now has over 160 lawyers and consultants across Southeast Asia.