Partner Moves - 9/8/2010


Posted on September 8, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has hired former Goldman Sachs managing director, Steve Winegar, as a partner to its Hong Kong office. Winegar worked at Goldman Sachs for the 12 years. He started off in New York, and eventually, in 2005, moved on to lead the legal coverage team for investment banking, capital markets and principal investment in Asia ex-Japan. Winegar has worked on deals that included debt and equity capital markets transactions, financings and exits for private equity clients. The top 50 US law firm has been in Hong Kong from 2002 and since then has established a capital markets practice that has advised on deals totaling more than $5bn (£3.3bn). These deals included covering listings, rights issues and bond offers. Paul Hastings has also added legacy Hogan & Hartson Beijing managing partner Roger Peng. Peng left the US firm before its merger with Lovells this year.

Former Slaughters and May litigator Mark Yeadon has joined Eversheds in its Hong Kong firm to become the fourth partner in the Eversheds Hong Kong disputes team. The Hong Kong office holds nearly 30 lawyers, however, the firm reports that they are planning on expanding that number to 50 within the next year. Yeadon has been at Slaughters for over 20 years focusing his practice on financial services dispute and regulatory work, areas that Eversheds focuses on in Asia. In April of this year, the UK top 10 firm announced that it is going to open its third office in Asia with a Beijing launch planned to take place after the firm's Shanghai office has passed its three-year probationary period.

King & Wood has recently added Meg Utterback to its Shanghai office, where she will be a senior member in the firm's International Arbitration practice group. A former partner in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's China practice, Utterback has years of experience in international arbitration and dispute resolution. She predominately focused her efforts on the construction and energy industries. Utterback is also experienced in trials, having handled over 40 jury and bench trials in the US. While acting as a counsel on international construction and commercial disputes in China and abroad, Utterback has represented clients in worldwide tribunals.

Pinsent Mason's Singapore joint venture has hired Shearman & Sterling partner, David Platt, for their Singapore office. As Pinsents managing director David Ryan states, Platt's hire is part of a larger plan to expand the project's practice globally, specifically Asia and the Gulf. Platt is not the first in Pinsent's plan for expansion. The firm hired Allen & Overy's Marcell Nemeth last year and DLA Piper's Al Harith Sinclair in April, in order to handle Islamic project finance for London and Gulf-based clients. Platt will join the firm in November and will work in the firm's City location, before moving to Pinsent Masons MPillay in Singapore in 2011. While previously a partner at Linklaters, Platt has been at Shearman's Hong Kong office since 2000. Platt has taken on clients such as the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, the International Finance Corporation and International Power.

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