Partner Moves - 4/20/2011


Posted on April 20, 2011 at 6:04 PM

K&L Gates has appointed Sergey J Milanov as a corporate partner in the firm’s Tokyo office. Milanov joins from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. He has a broad corporate and finance practice that focuses on Japanese clients investing and doing business in Russia, encompassing M&A, joint ventures, and project and trade finance transactions, in addition to advising on foreign currency, banking, and other regulatory issues of Russian law. Milanov has also been involved in numerous large production-sharing agreements for the development of Russian oil and gas deposits and has advised on green-field projects for the establishment of various Japanese subsidiaries in the Russian Federation. Ashurst hired its first litigation partner in their Hong Kong office with their lateral hire of Simmons & Simmons disputes lawyer Gareth Hughes. He will be the second disputes partner the firm has in the Asian region. A litigator specializing in the banking and finance sector, Hughes has advised financial institutions and corporate clients in commercial disputes, international arbitrations, shareholder disputes and commercial fraud claims. Hughes will spearhead the firm’s Hong Kong’s contentious practice – the first such practice that it has launched in Asia. “Ensuring that we provide financial institutional clients in Asia with a comprehensive service is a key part of our growth strategy in the region,” Ashurst head of Asia Geoffrey Green said. Hughes's hire follows the recent appointment of finance partner Peter Kwon, (who joined Ashurst in March 2010) and the relocation of Mattias Schemuth from Ashurst’s Tokyo office in January 2010. Hughes will join a global disputes resolution team which comprises 20 partners worldwide, including Singapore-based arbitration specialist Ben Giaretta.

The Tokyo office of Simmons & Simmons expanded its projects with the lateral hire of Hogan Lovells projects lawyer Simon Barrett to join the firm as a partner with immediate effect. Barrett was previously a senior associate in the infrastructure and project finance group at Hogan Lovells Tokyo, and was based there from October 2004 to July 2006. He returned to the firm’s Tokyo office for an additional two years, after a secondment to Mitsubishi Corporation Legal Department’s Machinery and Infrastructure practice from July 2006 to July 2008. Barrett continued to be based out of Tokyo from 2008 and stayed in Japan until 30 Dec 2010. Before his time with Hogan Lovells, Barrett trained at DLA Piper in their project finance group. Barrett focuses his practice on the development and financing of major infrastructure projects, particularly those in the transport, power and energy sectors. He has acted for procuring authorities, project sponsors, lenders, sub-contractors and offtakers. In addition to his work in Japan, he has also worked on infrastructure and energy transactions in the UK, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Americas.

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