Partner Moves & Promotions - 4/23/09

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Walkers brought in former Allen & Overy attorney Fraser Hern to its Hong Kong office. He will be working in the insolvency, restructuring, and corporate recovery practice.

Orrick has hired John Inge as of counsel for its Tokyo office. Inge comes from Hogan & Hartson’s Tokyo office, where he has represented many prestigious Japanese corporations (many in the electronics and semiconductor fields) in IP issues. The total number of senior attorneys at Orrick’s Tokyo office is now 13, nine of which are partners and four of which are counsel.

Norton Rose has employed Prashanth Sabeshan in its Singapore office as of counsel. Sabeshan is a senior energy lawyer who has previously worked at Melbourne’s Freehills and is a former partner at Indian firm Amarchand & Mangaldas. Norton Rose hopes to strengthen its already formidable India-related practice ever since it was granted a  qualifying foreign law practice (QFLP) license by the Singapore government (which allows it  to practice Singapore law in certain areas).

Ashurst also bolstered its Singapore office by relocating senior London corporate partner Susan Roy. She will become the first head of corporate of the Singapore office (which contains 25 attorneys) and is the fourth partner in the office. Previously it was managed my office managing partner Matthew Bubb. The firm is also planning to move senior associate Ben Giaretta to Singapore in May to launch a dispute resolution practice there. Ashurst has not decided whether it would employ local lawyers in its practice in the future.

Reed Smith has strengthened its European and Middle East corporate practice by hiring new partner Oliver s’Jacob in London. S’Jacob has previously worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher as senior associate for four years, and at Jones Day. He will be focusing on private equity and corporate finance matters, cross-border M&A deals, IPO’s, joint ventures, and public and private acquisitions. The hire is said to complement the real estate team and funds group that was established last year.

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