Partner Moves -- 11/9/2010


Posted on November 9, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Clifford Chance expanded its China litigation and arbitration team with the addition of Ann Chen, a senior IP lawyer and patent attorney, to its Shanghai office. She practices IP Law, focusing particularly on patent procurement and global IP strategy. With over seven years of legal experience in the life sciences industry, Chen has worked with a wide variety of clients, including pharmaceutical companies, universities and small biotech startups.

Jones Day hired Ben McQuhae as partner of its energy practice. McQuhae had previously been based at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP’s Hong Kong office, where he was a partner of the firm’s energy practice. McQuhae’s clients include national and international oil companies, investor groups in the oil and gas sector, investment banks and private equity interests, whom he has counseled in a variety of energy transactions, such as M&As, development projects, upstream and acquisition financing transactions.

Sidley Austin LLP hired partner Joseph Chan to its Shanghai office.  Chan’s practice involves full life cycle of private equity funds from offshore and RMB fund information, and portfolio investments to M&A and capital markets.  He has handled strategic buyers, portfolio companies, funds and investment banks in various financing and acquisitions cases.

Japanese firm Atsumi & Partners underwent a namechange as Yukata Saki joined Hiroo Atsumi, the firm's founding partner, as name partner. With over 25 years of experience in general banking, real estate and structured finance, his practice offers expertise in  corporate law including real estate, finance cross-border M&A, bankruptcy, carbon emissions and environmental law.  AsiaLegalBusiness quoted Mr. Atsumi stating that " the addition of Mr. Saki and his team will put us in a strong position as the markets recover and the local, regional and international economies pick up."

K&L Gates LLP added Brian J.  Wesol as partner to the firm’s corporate practice in Singapore.  Wesol has practiced in the US and Southeast Asia for almost twenty years, advising corporate and government issuers and underwriters in capital markets transactions;  and representing companies and investors on domestic and inbound bank financings, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Wesol previously worked for Jones Day’s Singapore office where he acted as lead lawyer on corporate finance transactions, handling the region’s highest profile securities offerings of the last two years. In 2009, he represented Bumi Resources on a US$300 high yield bond offering and a US$1.9bn loan from China Investment Corporation.

Herbert Smith Singapore promoted Lewis McDonald to partnership, along with recruiting several associates. The move reflects a major expansion strategy created in response to an influx of energy deals from South East Asia. The firm initially hired Nelson in July 2008 to aid with the development of an energy practice in Singapore. Other additions include senior associate Alex Moray, junior associate Vishal Devraj, Jessica Harris, and Choongo Moonga from Herbert Smith’s London office. The Singapore office works mainly with acquisitions and disposals of energy assets, and has represented clients like BP, Export-Import Bank of China, and BG Group.

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