Partner Moves and Promotion Watch 7/7/2013

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 2:07 AM


Dentons has hired a partner to head its Asia corporate finance and capital markets practice. Gordon Ng is joining Dentons’ Hong Kong office from O’Melveny & Myers, where he was also a partner. Last year, He represented lead and zinc miner China Polymetallic Mining Ltd. on its $187 million initial public offering in Hong Kong. In 2010, he also advised Real Gold Mining Ltd. on a top-up placement of 100 million shares that raised a total of approximately $156 million.


Former Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Asia managing partner Michelle Taylor has resigned from the firm to join Jones Day as partner in Hong Kong. Taylor specializes in structured finance deals. In March, she advised Standard Chartered Bank, Citigroup, and Nomura as underwriters on a $500 million issue of covered bonds by Korea Housing Finance Corporation.


DLA Piper has added a partner to its Hong Kong office. Benjamin Sandstad is joining DLA Piper from Mayer Brown JSM, where he was a partner in the banking and finance practice. Admitted in Hong Kong and Australia, Sandstad acts for issuers, arrangers and swap providers on securities deals. In 2011, he acted for Beijing Enterprises Water Group Ltd., a Hong Kong-listed water treatment company, on a dual tranche issue of renminbi bonds. Earlier this year, Sandstad advised China International Marine Containers (Hong Kong) Ltd. on the establishment of a $600 million notes program.


King & Spalding has appointed Peter Megens, a leading international arbitration and construction lawyer, as a partner in its Singapore office effective 1 July 2013. Megens, joins from King & Wood Mallesons in Melbourne, Australia, where he was co-head of the arbitration practice and a senior member of the construction team. Megens has over 30 years’ experience in disputes arising out of construction, energy, mining and infrastructure projects. His cases have included arbitrations relating to projects throughout Southeast Asia, as well as arbitration and litigation relating to construction claims across Australia and New Zealand. He is a director and vice president of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), a former vice president of the Australian branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the national chair of the construction and infrastructure law committee of the Law Council of Australia and a fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators, ACICA and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.

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