Partner Moves- 9/27/2010


Posted on September 27, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Norton Rose has further enhanced its Beijing firm after having hired corporate partner Michael Yu from Global Law Office. This hire truly strengthens the firm’s increasing push into the Asian Market.  Yu has corporate expertise in M&A work, IPOs and private placements. His addition to the firm will take the headcount at the firm’s Beijing office to six, with three in the corporate team.  This appointment is coming after Norton Rose recruited Allen & Overy to counsel its Shanghai corporate team as partner last month. Norton Rose now has 45 partners in a total of more than 700 lawyers in its thirteen Asian offices.

Sidley Austin has  relocated its corporate and capital markets partner, Prabhat Mehta, to its Singapore after having spent six years in the firm’s New York office.  Mehta will lead the firm’s practice in Singapore and has experience in a range of securities transactions such as initial public offerings, offerings of high yield debt, convertible and exchangeable debt, hybrid securities and structured products. He has worked with sovereign wealth funds and major financial institutions on several recapitalization transactions in Asia. 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 the firm in December 2010, and has worked on some of the most high-profile ECM deals in Singapore during the recent years. One of which includes last year's US$2 billion IPO by CapitaMalls Asia, the city's largest offering in 15 years.

DLA Piper has appointed Paul Lee as a partner and head of its Finance and Projects group  to its Hong Kong office.  Lee has over 17 years of banking related experience. His financial expertise includes complex cross-border financings, structured lending, acquisition financing, syndicated lending, project financing, receivables financing, convertible bonds and debt restructuring. Lee also  has wide geographical expertise, especially in Hong Kong and the PRC.

Japanese bank Nomura hired Wilanto Ie as its newly created role as head of research for Indonesia after realizing the growing importance of the Indonesian market. Ie will be based in Jakarta with over 15 years of experience in Indonesian equity research. The new Jakarta-based team will be adding to Nomura’s macroeconomic and equity research coverage of Indonesia.

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