Partner Moves- 9/22/2010


Posted on September 22, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Paul Hastings has relocated real estate partner, Derek Roth to its Hong Kong office from Los Angeles. This firm is anticipating more big-ticket deals and fund work in the near future. Roth’s addition to the firm is part of a plan to strengthen relationships in the firm’s real estate practices in Tokyo and China and to create a plan to expand the firm’s grasp in India, Singapore and Korea.

Norton Rose has promoted Nicola Davies, senior associate of the firm’s Singapore banking team, to a position as a counsel specializing in energy and infrastructure projects, mostly international project finance. Davies transferred from London to Singapore in 2007. Her infrastructure work has included advising governments, banks and sponsors on public private partnerships. Davies energy experience includes advising clients on IPP and IWPP projects.

Clifford Chance has hired one of Singapore’s most highly regarded equity capital markets specialists, Raymond Tong as a partner in its global Capital Markets practice. Tong will join in December of this year, and has worked in high-profile ECM deals in Singapore, such as the US$ 2bn IPO by CapitaMalls Asia last year, the largest offering for the city in 15 years.

DLA Piper has recently appointed Paul Lee as a partner and head of its Finance and Projects group in Hong Kong. Lee has over 17 years of banking experience, including complex cross-border financings, structured lending, acquisition financing, syndicated lending, project financing, receivables financing, convertible bonds and debt restructuring. Lee has had experience with working in Hong Kong and the PRC. This appointment coincides with partner, Matthew Glynn, as head of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology group in Asia. Glynn was the former head of the firm’s Middle East IPT practice and has over 8 years of experience in advising on major IPT deals in the Asia Pacific region.

Stamford Law has appointed Tan Chuan Thye, senior arbitration and litigation lawyer, on September 15th as a director. Thye was one of the first Justices’ Law Clerks of the Supreme Court of Singapore and has held leadership positions in the dispute resolution practices of Allen & Gledhill and Baker & McKenzie.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has established its second office in Asia, as part of its venturing into Hong Kong’s legal market. The new office will be anchored by joining partner, Kelly Austin, and will focus on corporate compliance, regulation and investigations. Austin has spent eight years in Hong Kong with General Electric International, where she advised on the implications of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as other compliance matters regarding the firm. Partner Joseph Barbeau, who is relocated from the firm’s Palo Alto office, will join Austin. Barbeau has previously practiced in Hong Kong from 1985 to 1997, during which time he has gained experience in foreign investment in China, cross-border mergers and acquisitions for Hong Kong and US companies. Austin and Barbeau will be joined by associate Kate Yin from the firm’s Los Angeles office.

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