Partner Moves & Promotions- 6/6/2011


Posted on June 6, 2011 at 8:06 PM

McDermott Will & Emery will be moving Frank Schoneveld, a senior Brussels antitrust partner to its Chinese alliance firm.  Schoneveld will be joining McDermott Will & Emery’s China Law Offices, based in Shanghai, on May 30th.  McDermott Will & Emery, China, was started in January 2007 with two partners from Allbright Law Offices (Shanghai) in an effort to help McDermott overcome regulations preventing international law firms form practicing Chinese Law.  Because of regulations and strict restrictions in China, the two are not allowed to be legally joined, so instead they work as an exclusive legal alliance.  Shoneveld will continue to be a member of McDermott’s global partnership and will assist McDermott China as an external consultant.  This gives McDermott a competitive edge against competing firms, as this allows McDermott China lawyers to maintain qualifications under the local bar and therefore have the ability to work directly with the Chinese courts.  Both McDermott and Allbright have worked directly to ensure that their practices are completely compliant with local legal regulations. Schoneveld is highly experienced in Chinese law and has been advising Chinese clients for over twenty years.  As a consultant to the Director General for Competition of the European Commission he advised the Chinese government with respect to development of new anti-monopoly laws.  This move is one of the many international moves in McDermott’s sixty lawyer anti-trust practice.

Herbert Smith has recently hired Kyle Wombolt as a partner to be based out of Hong Kong.  Wombolt is qualified in both the U.S and Hong Kong with tremendous experience in financial investigations throughout Asia.  He has specific experience with advising US attorneys with regards to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as well as US securities laws.  Having previously been a partner at Goodwin Procter in Hong Kong, Wombolt is qualified in New York, California and Hong Kong.

Dechert has appointed Jingzhou Tao as a managing partner delegated to develop the firm’s Asia practice.  Tao formerly was a partner at Jones Day and prior to that was a managing partner of DLA Piper’s office in Beijing.  Tao will be working in the firm’s international Arbitration and Corporate & Securities practice, which he has over twenty-five years of experience in.  Tao previously has advised both foreign and Chinese companies with respect to international arbitration, joint ventures, IP protection, trade disputes & M&A, as well as corporate organization and planning.  Tao is presently a member of  the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), the Advisory Committee of China International Economic &Trade Arbitration Commission as well as the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).  Tao’s arbitration experience extends to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in which he worked on arbitration for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Ad Hoc Division.  Tao is qualified for legal practice in both China and France and will add to Dechert’s already highly international firm.

King & Wood has appointed Dr. Nongfan Zhu as partner and co-head of the firm’s IP practice.  Zhu was previously serving as the president of China Science Patent and Trademark Agent.  Prior to that, Zhu has worked as for General Electric as senior counsel in Asia Pacific as well as at Pennie & Edmonds (US firm).  Zhu has much experience with respect to IP, as he previously has served as chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai’s IP subcommittee for three years and is currently serving as the vice chair of ABA’s TIPS IP Law Committee.  Within the IP field, Zhu has specific experience advising both US and Chinese companies on IP asset mangement and protection, litigation and dispute resolution as well as licensing and cross-border transactions.  Zhu is a member of the New York Bar as well as the US Patent and Trademark Office.  He is qualified as a juris doctor from New York Law School and has a PhD from Columbia University.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Howard Lam, previously counsel at Linklaters, as a partner at the firm.  Lam is well experienced in both European and Asian financial transactions.  He has specific experience in cross-border debt restructuring, banking, insolvency and project finance lending.  Lam worked as a trainee solicitor and then as an associate at Deacons’ Hong Kong office.   Lam then moved on and joined Allen & Overy’s Hong Kong Office as an associate and then moved to the firm’s London practice as a senior associate in banking.  After working as managing associate in banking and projects at Linklaters, Lam was promoted to counsel in 2009.  Lam is qualified for legal practice In Englang & Wales, and Hong Kong.

Nishimura & Asahi, Japanese law firm, has set plans to open a second firm in Vietnam.  Expecting to open an office in Hanoi later this year, the firm has applied to the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice for a license to do so.  This would be the firm’s third international location, following its openings in Ho Chi Minh City and Beijing this past year.  This South East Asian focus in Nishimura & Asahi’s expansion differs from the strategic expansions of its other “Big Four” competitors.  The other three, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, and Nagashims Ohno & Trsunematsu have established offices in Beijing, Beijing & Shanghai and New York, respectively.

Norton Rose’s Australian partner Michael Joyce will move to the firm’s Tokyo office.  Joyce has great experience advising on the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors, specifically power & mining, on M&A, oil & gas, LNG, as well as joint ventures & commercial transactions.  With almost 20 years of experience advising Japanese clients, Joyce will bring great experience to the 15-lawyer Tokyo team.  The team focuses on advising in the sectors of energy & infrastructure, technology, transport and telecommunications.  This move will make way for Norton Rose Japan to benefit from local investor’s interest in overseas opportunities in the areas Joyce is experienced in, energy, resources and infrastructure most specifically.  As Norton Rose Tokyo lawyers practice as foreign lawyers they are able to advise corporations, government organizations, banks, insurance providers as well as other clients on corporate finance, banking, asset finance and project finance matters.

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