Partner Moves and Promotions 7/4/11


Posted on July 6, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Baker & McKenzie have hired Yunlong Gao, former partner at Shearman & Sterling, to join their US Securities group as a partner. While at Shearman & Sterling, Gao worked in the capital markets group. He has experience in advising Chinese companies on offshore securities offerings.

Baker & McKenzie has also promoted six associates to the partner level in their Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai offices. Cheung Kwun Yee, Sally Hung, Christina Lee, and Isabella Liu were all promoted in the Hong Kong office. Liu Jinghua was promoted in the Beijing office and Victor Gu was promoted in the Shanghai office.

Ogier has hired Kristy Calvert, formerly at Rio Tinto Group, to lead its new representative office in Shanghai. She will become managing director of the office after working as the Asian legal director in Shanghai for Rio Tinto. Ogier becomes the first Channel Islands law firm to have an office in Mainland China. According to an email from the managing partner of the firm's Hong Kong office, James Bergstrom to the Asian Lawyer, Ogier will perform "liaison and market research activities," as opposed to practicing law. Ogier has a similar setup in Tokyo.

Norton Rose promoted Tim Marsden, a corporate finance lawyer in London, to deputy managing partner. This promotion created a domino effect in Norton Rose's Asian practice. Marsden's promotion left the group head of corporate position open, which prompted Norton Rose to promote David Stannard. As Stannard was formerly the head of Asia for the firm, they will now split that position into head of South East Asia and head of North Asia. Jeff Smith, head of the Singapore office, will be the head of South East Asia and Phillip John, head of the Bangkok office, will be head of North Asia.

Harneys assigned Ian Mann as head of litigation and restructuring for Asia. Working in Hong Kong, Mann became a partner this year and his expertise is in insolvency and restructuring. In September, Claire Robery, formerly a senior associate at BVI and a former Jones Day litigator will join him.

Fangda hired Hu Jun, formerly partner at FenXun in Beijing and associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett's Hong Kong office. Jun will be working in Fangda's M&A and foreign direct investment teams. The hire brings Fangda's partner number to 35.

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