Partner Moves & Promotions - 5/13/2010


Posted on May 13, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Clifford Chance has promoted five Asia-based lawyers to partner as part of its annual promotions.  Cameron Hassall (arbitration & commercial litigation, Hong Kong), Leng-Fong Lai (capital markets and structured finance, Tokyo), Ho Han Ming (funds & corporate, Singapore), James Abbott (dispute resolution & litigation, Dubai) and Tim Wang (corporate, Beijing) were all promoted.  The firm has promoted 22 partners globally in total, with most of them being in the corporate, finance and litigation & dispute resolution practices.


Ropes & Gray has reportedly appointed Arthur Mok, the former managing partner of Hogan & Hartson's Shanghai office, to partner in the firm's life sciences, M&A and private equity practices in China.  He will initially be based in Washington, but he will launch Ropes & Gray's Shanghai office once the office is approved by the Chinese government.


O'Melveny & Myers has hired Gordan Ng, the former managing partner of Hogan & Hartson's Hong Kong office, to be a partner in the firm's corporate finance/capital markets practice.  Ng will remain in Hong Kong and his work will call for representation of both companies and banks in Hong Kong listings and other financing matters, regulatory and compliance matters, and M&A transactions.  He has a strong reputation due to his experience in guiding clients through sophisticated corporate and financing transactions in Hong Kong and China over the past 17 years.


Weil, Gotshal & Manges has hired John Fadely to be a partner and member of the global funds practice in the firm's Hong Kong office.  Fadely is a corporate partner at the Hong Kong branch of Clifford Chance and has vast experience in Asia representing international and Asia-based sponsors in the formation and restructuring of Asia-focused private investment funds, as well as in the formation of joint venture investment vehicles and carried interest plans.  He is also knowledgeable about the representation of institutional investors in private funds, including the formation of sizable co-investment vehicles.


Troutman Sanders LLP has appointed Richard Grams as a partner in their M&A and business ventures practice groups in Shanghai.  Grams was the head of Stephenson Harwood's China practice since 2006, and had acted as China co-counsel of choice for numerous international firms.

Troutman Sanders LLP also hired Joe Sevack, former partner at the Hong Kong office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, as a partner in its Hong Kong securities and corporate governance practice.  Sevack's work deals with debt and equity capital markets, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and cross-border commercial transactions, as well as specializes in debt financing, project financing and US securities.  He is considered by investment banks and corporations as a top debt financing lawyer in the Asia Pacific region.


Roger Peng, the former managing partner of Hogan & Hartson's Beijing office, has decided to become a partner at the Beijing branch of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.  Peng specializes in complex M&A, private equity, venture capital and commercial transactions, with a focus on the telecommunications, media and technology industries.  Paul Hastings feels that the addition of Peng will significantly aid its M&A and private equity capabilities in the Greater China region.


Norton Rose has hired Lynn Yang, a counsel at Allen & Overy, to join its Shanghai office as partner.  Yang specializes in securities, funds, insurance, regulatory issues and M&A law, advising on the acquisitions of a number of China-based financial institutions, the reorganization of investment portfolios and foreign direct investment.

Norton Rose Beijing and Shanghai head Peter Burrows said: "We are very pleased to welcome Lynn to the corporate team in Shanghai. Lynn's experience will be valuable in enhancing our offering to clients and her corporate experience fits with one of our key strengths as a business."


Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow has appointed Emmanuel Hadjidakis, senior associate at Allen & Overy's Singapore office, as associate principal in its finance & projects practice in Singapore.  Hadjidakis has extensive experience in Islamic finance, acquisition finance, trade finance, property finance, project finance, restructuring and general banking, and is also versed in acting for financiers, borrowers and sponsors.


Baker Botts has appointed Vincent Mulvey as an Abu Dhabi partner in its projects, infrastructure and trade finance practices.  Mulvey previously worked at the Dubai branch of Denton Wilde Sapte.

Last month, the firm hired former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Robert Jordan, to replace long-time Middle East managing partner David Emmons, who will return to the firm's head office in Dallas, in the position of Gulf head.


White & Case has hired Clifford Chance M&A partner Andrei Dontsov to join its Moscow office.  Dontsov will become a partner in the corporate practice, becoming the 15th lawyer in the 62-lawyer Moscow office.

White & Case's Central and Eastern Europe head Jan Matejcek commented: "We are bullish on Russia. This strategic and powerful enhancement of the capabilities and expertise of the corporate/M&A team will be welcomed by our growing Russian corporate client base as well as by our multinational clients."

"Andrei will be a great asset to our existing team as we focus on major economic transaction flows between Moscow and our global network, particularly London."

In the firm's latest promotions round, White & Case promoted Moscow banking lawyer Irina Nesvetova to partner and head of its local banking practice.  The firm's Abu Dhabi office gained two new partners with the promotions of M&A associates Zeeshan Ahmedani and Philip Power.

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