Bob Charlton, a partner at DLA Piper and a former head of its international finance and projects group, became the managing director of the firm’s Asia Pacific practice on 1 May.
Charlton is a respected finance and projects lawyer with extensive experience in the infrastructure, transactional and banking fields. He will work with the firm’s senior partners in the region to drive DLA Piper’s Asia Pacific strategy.
Charlton takes over from Alastair Da Costa, who held the post for five years. Da Costa is returning to the UK where he will pursue a master’s degree at London School of Economics, while remaining at the firm as a consultant.
“Bob is an extremely able partner with an affinity with the region and who is heavily invested in the business,” said Sir Nigel Knowles, CEO and managing partner of DLA Piper. “He is without question the best person to succeed Alastair and lead the firm’s efforts in Asia Pacific.”
Charlton said he has spent many enjoyable years living and working in the region and is “tremendously excited to lead the Asia Pacific business, not least because of the time I will get to spend in what is one of the most vibrant business regions in the world”.
He will be based in Hong Kong and plans to divide his time between DLA Piper in Australia and Asia. He hopes to regularly visit the rest of the firm’s Asia-Pacific offices, in Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.
While Charlton supports the firm’s India-related practice, he has no formal responsibilities in the region. DLA Piper has several lawyers around the world who focus on India work.