Partner Moves & Promotions - 7/20/2010


Posted on July 20, 2010 at 4:07 PM


Baker & McKenzie has hired Paul Elliott as the firm’s Asia Pacific Head of Project Finance. Elliot has extensive expertise advising clients on project, structured and cross-border financings, along with debt restructuring, in the power, oil, gas & petrochemicals, telecoms, transportation and water industries. Having practiced in England, Hong Kong, Thailand and New Zealand over a thirty year career, Elliot most recently lead the firm’s Finance and Projects practice group in Singapore. The assignment Elliot is set to begin on September 1, 2010 was created in response to increasing demands for integrated advice from clients involved in significant regional infrastructure projects.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has hired Don S. Williams as a partner for the firm’s corporate practice group in the Shanghai office. Williams has substantial experience representing both private and public companies across industries in an array of general corporate and transactional matters, including venture capital and private equity financings, public offerings and mergers & acquisitions. As a result, Williams, a Mandarin speaker, will be ideally positioned to work with both American companies conducting business and raising funds in Asia and with Asian companies conducting business and raising funds in the United States.

Norton Rose LLP has strengthened its Middle East practice with the return of Mohammed Paracha to the firm’s banking practice in Bahrain. Paracha, who rejoins the firm after leaving Al Salam Bank-Bahrain BSC, where he was executive vice president, is a specialist in Islamic financial and banking transactions and has been appointed as a partner and deputy global head of Norton Rose’s Islamic finance practice. Coming soon after the relocation to Hong Kong of London-based partner Davide Barzilai, an expert in Islamic and conventional shipping and asset finance, Islamic treasury management and Islamic project/property finance, the move is perceived as part of Norton Rose’s plan to extend its Islamic finance capabilities beyond London and the Middle East.

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