Partner Moves & Promotions - 4/28/2010

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Posted on April 28, 2010 at 11:04 PM


Lovells has promoted 21 new partners across its offices, the largest number of its lawyers promoted to partner since 2007 when it made up 13 lawyers to partner, before it rebrands and merges with US firm Hogan & Hartson in May. Six of the new partners are from Asia and the Middle East. The new partners will be officially promoted on the day that Hogan Lovells debuts, and they increase the total partnership to over 800 partners.

Hogan Lovells’ new partners in Asia & Middle East

Partner

Practice area

Location

Geoffrey Lin

IPMT

Shanghai

James Fong

Corporate

Hong Kong

Deanna Wong

IPMT

Hong Kong

Kelly Naphtali

BRI

Hong Kong

Christopher Dobby

Litigation

Hong Kong

Imran Mufti

Banking

Dubai

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White & Case has recently made bank finance and restructuring counsel, Baldwin Cheng, to partner and also relocated him from Hong Kong to Beijing. Cheng joined the firm in 2008 and will continue to advise clients in Hong Kong and Shanghai as part of the firm’s integrated Greater China finance practice.

His move is part of the firm’s plan to place both English and US qualified lawyers in important Asian jurisdictions.

Earlier this year, White & Case hired Allen & Overy’s US China group member Francis Zou to help restore its global banking practice.

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Herbert Smith has promoted 18 lawyers to partner with three of them coming from its Asia offices and one from its Middle East offices, as part of the annual promotions.

Tokyo disputes lawyer Gavin Margetson, Singapore energy lawyer Lewis McDonald, Shanghai arbitration lawyer May Tai, and corporate lawyer Paul Scarr in Abu Dhabi will join the firm’s partnership in May. They, along with the other new partners, will increase the firm’s partnership to 272 members.

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Ashurst is relocating London partners Stuart Rubin and Philip Thomson to Hong Kong and Singapore, respectively, in order to improve its presence in Asia. Ashurst counsel Rubin transferred from the London capital markets group to Hong Kong and will be made a partner on May 1 as part of the annual promotions.

Thomson, an energy, transport and infrastructure partner, will move to the Singapore branch on May 1, and will increase the total number of partners in that office to seven.

Thomson said: "I have spent a lot of time in Asia working on various projects out there. Energy has been at the core of our base in Singapore ever since the office was established and remains the biggest sector for the office."

Ashurst global energy group head Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill commented: "Our strategy is to remain flexible and position high quality people in the key financial centers. The advantage of having people with the right skills is that they can move around easily to where the work and demand is."

Also, Ashurst recently hired former Allen & Overy London corporate partner Keith McGuire to join the Singapore office.

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Norton Rose has made 11 lawyers partners for its annual promotions, with four of them coming from its Asia and Middle East branches. The total number is slightly down from last year when 12 made partner. The new roles are effective from 1 May.

Group chief executive Peter Martyr said: "We have continued to grow steadily this year across our international offices. We have 11 new internal promotions this year to add to the 16 laterals, including five in Australia".

Norton Rose partner promotions

Singapore Daniel Yong KC Lye

Riyadh Darran McGlinchey

Abu Dhabi Patrick Watson-Thorp

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As part of its annual promotions, Clyde & Co has made three new partners, down from the ten promoted in 2009, and seven new senior equity partners, effective May 1. None of the new partners were from an office in the Asia and Middle East region, but four of the senior equity partners were.

Singapore's John Champion in dispute resolution, Ik Wei Chong in the insurance and energy sector in Shanghai, Mike Kelly in the Hong Kong marine insurance practice, and Rob Deans in the Dubai intellectual property group were promoted.

Clydes senior partner Michael Payton said: "These promotions confirm a story of ongoing development across the firm. The fact that three quarters of them are from our international offices - from San Francisco to Shanghai by way of Dubai - is strong recognition of the global growth we have undergone in the last several years.

"They also cover our core strengths in terms of sectors, representing insurance, aviation, shipping and trade, as well as our balance across contentious and non-contentious work."

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Bingham McCutche has continued its plans to expand its Asia branches by promoting three new lawyers to its Tokyo partnership. Finance and transactional lawyers Kenji Hirooka and Ryota Sekine and labor and employment lawyer Takaharu Matsumura will join the partnership. They will also be joined by New York-based corporate partner Brian Beglin and Connecticut-based financial restructuring partner Mark Deveno who have been relocated to Tokyo. These moves bring the Tokyo office’s lawyer count to 70. The office focuses in domestic and large-scale, cross-border financial restructurings, M&A, financial regulatory and employment matters.

Bingham chairman Jay Zimmerman said the promotion of the new partners is evidence of the firm’s commitment to Japan and the wider Asia region.

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Berwin Leighton Paisner has made up eight lawyers to partner in this year’s round of the annual promotions, with one of them being from Moscow, the firm’s first Moscow partner promotion. The firm also promoted nine lawyers to associate director, an alternative to partnership in the firm, and five of those were from Moscow.

BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg said: "Notwithstanding the challenging environment, we remain committed to providing our lawyers with the opportunities to fulfill their potential. It is very pleasing to see a number of these promotions in Moscow, which has had a very good first year of operations."

BLP promotions

Partner, Moscow Rustam Kurmaev, litigation & dispute resolution

Associate directors, Moscow Elena Belozerova, customs Yuri Chernobrivstev, real estate Tatiana Khovanskaya, real estate Igor Motsnyi, intellectual property Maksim Popov, real estate


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