Partner Moves & Promotions - 3/10/10


Posted on March 11, 2010 at 3:03 AM

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has appointed US securities expert Allen Shyu as Hong Kong partner in the firm’s China Corporate Group. Shyu will still focus on international securities offerings including debt and equity securities, US and Hong Kong IPOs, private placements and cross-border M&A transactions. He started off his law career at a Taiwanese local firm and then moved to Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong office in 2000 where he was an associate in the firm's US Securities Group covering the Asia Pacific region. He became a partner at Baker & McKenzie in 2006 before moving to Orrick.


Freshfields has appointed capital markets lawyer Kay Ian Ng as its new Hong Kong head. He will take over from current managing partner Clive Rough who is retiring in April after leading the Hong Kong branch for six years. Ng is currently the firm’s global co-head of capital markets and has led several important regional deals this past year. Ng said he will build on the platform set up by Rough over the years.


Latham & Watkins has hired real-estate specialist Raymond Kwok from the local office of US firm Blank Rome. Kwok will be a partner in its Hong Kong practice at Latham & Watkins. Latham’s joint head of China, Michael Liu, said that Kwok’s addition will allow the firm to specialize in complex issues in the real estate sector. With the addition of Kwok, Latham will have 44 lawyers in its Hong Kong office.


CMS Cameron McKenna has hired Takuho Sha from Takeda, one of Japan's largest pharmaceutical companies and a key client for CMS, where he was a patent attorney for 13 years. Cameron does not have an office in Japan nor has plans to open one, but Sha will be based in Osaka and work with the merged CMS entity in Shanghai. Sha focuses on the global protection and enforcement of patent rights, intellectual property (IP) licensing, as well as IP strategy. The firm will have him help develop business with Japanese clients for Camerons' Chinese and European practices, in addition to helping IP lawyers on Japanese and Chinese patent-related matters.

Nick Beckett, partner and head of IP at Camerons, commented: "We were looking to expand our commitment to the life sciences sector in the Japanese region, and Sha brings with him a wealth of experience."

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