Partner Moves & Promotions - 6/13/11


Posted on June 13, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, in an effort to revamp its Asia management team, has relocated its former US managing partner to Hong Kong. Melissa Thomas, former Shanghai managing partner and corporate specialist has been moved to Beijing managing partner. She will be replacing Nicholas French who will be moving to London. Heiner Braun, a corporate partner, will be taking over Thomas' past position, as Shanghai managing partner and James Lawden, a finance partner, will replace James Wood as Japan managing partner. All of these changes came from the hiring of Teresa Ko as the chairman of the China Practice in April of this year. Global co-head of the international capital markets practice, Stephen Revell will also be relocating to Hong Kong in an effort to support the rise of international issuers for listings on the HKSE. David Cotton, another international capital markets lawyer from London, will also be moving to Hong Kong. All of these moves further demonstrate the increasing demand of the Asia legal market as major corporate and financial institutions in Asia are in high demand of advice in their efforts to grow.

Clifford Chance has added Yasuyuki Takayama, former senior associate at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, to its Tokyo team. Takayama began his career at NO & T and then moved to the Bank of Japan as an in-house counsel. He then went back to NO & T, and then became the deputy director to Japan's Financial Services Agency and then returning back to the firm. He specializes in capital markets, structures products as well as financial regulatory matters. Takayama, who will join Chance on July 1st is said to be the first of many new moves to the Tokyo team.

Jones Day has appointed Carolyn McNabb, who formerly worked at Sidley Austin, to its investment funds practice in Singapore. McNabb will be the fifth lawyer on the firm's Singapore investment funds team. She specializes in asset disposition, M & A, fund formation and capital raising.

Covington & Burling LLP has appointed Shaoyu Chen as the firm's managing director of China's food and drug practice. Mr. Chen has significant experience in the field as he served as senior counsel at Amgen Inc, as chief compliance counsel for GE Healthcare (China) as well as serving as assistant chief counsel in the US Food and Drug Administration's Office of Chief Counsel. Mr. Chen advises many clients on legal issues regarding clinical trials, marketing approval, as well as other issues of FDA practice. He advises many Asian, European and North American companies that deal with many food and drug related issues. Mr. Chen was born in China and attended Peking University but received his law dress at the University of Nebraska in the US. Mr. Chen will be a great addition to the already big regulatory capabilities of the firm's China food and drug practice. The team already includes Jason Ma, Scott Cunningham an Jay Friedman all of whom have great strengths in the food and drug practice.

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