Partner Moves & Promotions - 11/11/09


Posted on November 11, 2009 at 10:11 PM

Allen & Overy has enticed Mallesons’s Hong Kong-based white collar crime specialist Simon Clarke to join its Hong Kong office, however, the terms and timing of Clarke’s departure are still being discussed. He has been a partner with Mallesons since 2004 and concentrates on complex commercial litigation. With Simon Clarke’s hiring, Allen & Overy’s Hong Kong office will have three litigation partners. Angus Ross, Hong Kong-based litigation partner, said: “We believe that there is a trend for increasing demand in the white collar practice area. Simon will also bring a breadth of experience based on his longstanding general commercial litigation practice. Litigation has been incredibly busy and we hope the addition will broaden our services and help us extend our advice to clients we have not been able to cover because of our resources."


Herbert Smith is relocating Christopher Rees, co-head of its technology, media, and telecoms practice group, from London to Riyadh next March. Rees, who specializes on corporate and project deals in the TMT area, will work at Herbert Smith’s Saudi alliance firm Al-Ghazzawi Professional Association with which they have an exclusive association. He will be the first Herbert Smith partner to be sent to Al-Ghazzawi Professional Association, but four associates are already there. His mission while at Riyadh is to launch a Middle East TMT core, strengthen the Riyadh office, and raise awareness of the Saudi practice with the firm’s clients. Rees said: "Saudi Arabia is a pivotal player on the world stage and the demand for legal services is growing significantly, both from Saudi clients and international companies and financial institutions investing in the Kingdom."


Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has hired Masakata Kanayama and Makoto Ono, both patent attorneys from Kawaguti & Partners, to work at its IP, life science, and chemical practices. The firm is expanding in the area of pharmaceuticals and technology and the two additions will help with that. The firm has stated: “Our practice in new drugs and pharmaceuticals and medical techniques … has dramatically expanded in recent years. At the same time, cross-border commercial transactions, large-scale M&A and other corporate realignments by companies engaged in these industries have steadily risen. Driven by these developments, we have strengthened our life sciences practice.”

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