Partner Moves -10/20/2010


Posted on October 20, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Milbank has added Mallesons Stephen Jacques Partner Dieter Yeh to its US and Hong Kong partnership, in hopes of capitalizing on Hong Kong’s 40% jump in IPO activity, and to take advantage of China’s booming deal activity. His practice focuses on corporate finance, mergers, and capital markets in Mainland China.  Through the years, Yin has aided Milbank on deals, such as Mongolian Mining’s current US$651m IPO listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Anthony Root, leader of Milbank’s Asian corporate and China practice states that their Hong Kong and Beijing offices will add 5 more lawyers by next year.

White and Case has promoted three lawyers to partnership Tokyo, Beijing and Singapore. English-qualified lawyer Charlie Wilson has been added as partner of the firm’s merger & acquisitions practice in Singapore. Wilson has worked in Southeast Asian for 12 years, and concentrates on private equity, structured finance, and public-private M&A transactions. An employee of White and Case since 2001, Yuji Ogiwara has been assigned as partner of commercial disputes and litigation practice in Tokyo. Hong Kong and English qualified lawyer Baldwin Cheng has been appointed as partner in the firm’s banking practice in Beijing.  Cheng has experience in reconstructing and insolvency issues, and advising secure and unsecured syndicated, bilateral bank financing, and acquisition financing.  Cheng had previously worked in Hong Kong, transferring to Beijing as part of White and Case’s English law finance practice expansion.

Norton Rose has transferred its London corporate partner, Anna Tipping, to head of its Singapore-based practice in an effort to bolster its insurance business. Tipping’s practice centers on insurance law in both life and general sectors. Her experience includes distribution arrangements, corporate insurance programs, reinsurance, general commercial transactions, leading capital markets and structured transactions, along with M&A.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has hired Chézard Ameer as partner in its Dubai office to enhance its private equity funds practice. Prior to his appointment, Ameer had been a partner in Ashrut since 2007, advising on Middle Eastern, European, and emerging markets funds, such as venture capital, infrastructure, private equity and real estate funds, and related carried interest and co-investment arrangements.

Chinese firm King & Wood has added Jeff Lane as a partner to specialize in its corporate fraud and money department. Previously a part of Gall & Lane, Lane has extensive experience in commercial litigation, international dispute resolution, and conducting numerous multi-jurisdictional fraud and asset tracing investigations. Lane’s hiring echoes a growth in Chinese firms desiring to recruit foreign senior partners and lawyers to increase their international clout.  ALBLegalNews reported a partner at Zhong Lun explaining that he expects the recruitment of Chinese firms “will continue and pick up pace in the process of PRC firms’ internationalization in the coming years.”

DLA Piper has hired Allen & Overy’s Tim Dobsen as a senior consultant for its corporate group in Bangkok.  Dobsen has previously worked on acquisition and disposals, joint venture and general corporate matters. A qualified lawyer in Scotland and Hong Kong, he has concentrated on investment and commercial activities in Thailand since 2001.

Stephenson Hardwood has hired Gilbert Kwok and Karen To as partners of its litigation department. Kwok had previously been a partner at Li & Partners as head of the firm’s construction group, and officially joined Stephenson Harwood’s in October. He has handled an array of cases in the construction industry, including aiding in legal aspects of infrastructure development with Hong Kong and international real-estate contractors and developers, along with advising Hong Kong developers on projects in China and Asia. A former partner at Baker & Mckenzie, Karen To joined Harwood’s litigation department as a partner in October. To focuses on commercial litigation and has particular experience dealing with litigation cases that source from significant corporate and commercial disputes, regulatory matters and security. She is well-versed in insurance dispute/claims, corporate compliance issues, Hong Kong and PRC product liability and recalls, PRC-related insolvency/bankruptcy issues, and liability insurance issues especially connected with the pharmaceutical industry.

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