Partner Moves & Promotions 6/15/12

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 8:06 PM

        New PE Counsel at Paul Weiss HK

Spencer Park has joined Paul Weiss’ Hong Kong office as counsel to their private equity and M&A team. Park was previously group general counsel and an executive director at Asia Pacific Land, a senior vice president of real estate finance Asia at Capmark Japan KK, counsel with Citigroup Principal Investments in Japan, and spent 10 years working in U.S. and Tokyo offices of Skadden. He will focus on private equity, credit, and real estate matters in Asia.

         A&O Downsizes it’s HK Practice

Allen & Overy reduced its number of HK partners, cutting four. The unfortunate business decision was made in an effort to shrink the HK practice and expand its presence in other parts of the region, including Indonesia and Vietnam. In South East Asia, the firm has recently hired Mayer Brown JSM’s Vietnam managing partner Dao Nguyen to launch two new offices in the country. The HK practice now has 21 partners, but does not plan to fire any associates. 

       King & Wood Mallesons Hires Former Dewey Partner

King & Wood Mallesons hired partner Dirk Walker. Dirk is a former Dewey & LeBeouf partner who is a former petroleum engineer and spent the last five years directing outbound energy and resources deals from Beijing. King & Wood Mallesons also hired Dewey associate Miao Jing and Linklaters counsel Dina Yin, forming a small energy and resources team in Beijing where the company looks to compete in the fiercely competitive oil market.

        Orrick Appoints Two New Partners in Asia

Orrick has hired Mathew Lewis from Morgan Stanley and Seung Chong from Proskauer Rose. Lewis is qualified to practice in New York, and was formerly the head of global capital markets for Morgan Stanley’s legal team. He is also fluent in Mandarin and has worked on some of the largest IPOs the company has opened in Asia over the years, including AIA Group, Samsonite and Agricultural Bank of China. Chong is a qualified attorney in Hong Kong and England, and his practice focuses mainly on Chinese-M&A and private equity transactions.

        Morgan Lewis Hires former Dewey head

In Beijing, Morgan Lewis has hired Ingrid-Zhu Clark, former head of Dewey’s China practice. Ingrid-Zhu Clark specializes in energy-related transactions and has advised numerous Chinese state-owned enterprises, like China National Petroleum Corp. and China National Offshore Oil Corp. Ltd. Zhu-Clark will co-lead the Beijing office with Lucas Chang. The hiring comes in the wake of many former Dewey attorney’s finding employment at Morgan Lewis, and other international firms.

        Stephenson Harwood Hires New Consultant

Stephenson Harwood hired Phillip Rompotis as a consultant at its HK office. The move is to bolster its construction and dispute resolution practice in China. Rompotis has over 17 years of experience as a building construction and engineering practioner across Asia. Prior to joining up with the firm, he was a practicing barrister in Australia.


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