Partner Moves & Promotions 4/27/12

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 8:04 PM

       DLA Asia Pacific Gains New Managing Director

Partner and group head of finance and projects, Bob Charlton, will be the new managing director of DLA Piper Asia Pacific as of May 1, 2012. He is replacing Alastair Da Costa who is leaving to pursue a Masters Degree at the London School of Economics. Charlton is highly experienced in finance and projects, infrastructure, and transactions and banking. He will be based in Hong Kong and will split his time between Australia and Asia, visiting the 11 Asian Pacific offices on a regular basis.

       Five new Counsel for Freshfields

In Hong Kong Freshfields has hired Ethan Jin from Clifford Chance HK as counsel, and promoted competition and trade specialist Margaret Wang and corporate specialist David Cotton to counsel. In Ho Chi Minh City Tien Bui and Lang Nguyen were also promoted to counsel at Freshfields. Jin focuses on Hong Kong IPO’s and securities offerings, M&A’s, and Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed companies’ compliance matters. Wang advises on antitrust aspects of cross border M&A's and disputes. Cotton has represented issuers and underwriters in capital markets transactions and M&A's. Bui has experience in banking matters, infrastructure project financing, restructuring and other commercial transactions. Nguyen advises on M&A’s and IPO’s, regulatory and structuring matters, and has assisted foreign invested enterprises with incorporating in Vietnam.

       New Senior Foreign Counsel at Yulchon

Competition specialist Cecil Saehoon Chung was hired by Korean law firm Yulchon as a senior foreign counsel and is now the vice chair of their antitrust practice group and head of their international antitrust team. Chung advises on antitrust, consumer protection, trade regulation, and litigation issue at Yulchon. He also has experience with intellectual property matters, patent litigation and licensing issues. Before his hire at Yulchon Chung was an antitrust partner at Pillsbury Winthrop and Greenberg Traurig in Washington D.C.

       Tay & Partners New Partner

Cheah Chiew Lan has joined Tay & Partners as a partner in their IP practice group. She came from Shearn Delamore & Co. where she was previously an IP partner. She has experience with all aspects of trade prosecuting, registerability and trademark opposition proceedings, and the protection and maintenance of IP rights.

      Vinson & Elkins New Tokyo Partner

James Watson, the previous head of energy and infrastructure at Herbert Smith in Tokyo, has joined Vinson & Elkins’ Tokyo office as a partner in their global energy transactions/projects practice group. He specializes in oil and gas exploration, power projects, LNG and renewables.

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