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Dentons starts Myanmar office

Dentons announced it has launched an office in Yangon to build its presence in Southeast Asia. The office will have five lawyers, led by partner Mark Livingston, who joins from his own firm, Livingstons Legal. The office will work with Dentons Rodyk, a Singapore’s full service law firm. Dentons has offices in Australia, China, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and South Korea.

Patent lawyer joins AnJie

Steve Song has joined AnJie Law Firm as a partner in Beijing. His practice focuses on patent law relating to electrical and mechanical arts, including patent drafting, prosecution, invalidation, litigation and counselling. Song has advised multinationals such as Qualcomm, Intel, Micron and Philips on patent prosecution, infringement and validation matters. He was invited as an expert for research projects and seminars of the Beijing High Court, State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO), and Beijing Intellectual Property Office.

Sri Lanka aligns e-CC with UN

Sri Lanka has gazetted a Bill to amend the Electronic Transactions Act to bring it in line with the UN Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts (e-CC). Sri Lanka ratified the e-CC on 7 July 2015 and it entered into force on 1 February 2016. Sri Lanka is the seventh state to ratify e-CC worldwide, and the second state in the Asia-Pacific.

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Hong Kong hire for Latham

Latham & Watkins announced that Simon Hawkins joined the firm’s Hong Kong office as a counsel in the financial institutions group. Hawkins has experience advising banks, insurance companies, securities firms, fund managers and fintech companies on complex transactions and regulatory matters. He joins from the Hong Kong office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Veyrah Law’s Mumbai debut

Former Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (L&S) corporate partner Ajay Joseph launched a corporate, M&A and real estate law firm, Veyrah Law, with independent counsel Sandhya Sondhi. The firm will focus on general corporate matters, M&A, venture capital and private equity, real estate and corporate dispute resolution. The founders said Veyrah was created “with an objective of developing and nurturing meaningful relations with domestic and international mid-market clients”.

Firms align on Jakarta desk

ZICO Law announced that Indonesia’s Roosdiono & Partners and South Korean law firm Yulchon have agreed to establish a Yulchon “Jakarta Desk” in the former’s office. Commencing in June, Yulchon lawyers Lim Min-taek, a US-qualified attorney, and Baek Min-woo, a Korean lawyer fluent in Indonesian, will serve the Jakarta Desk, providing legal services for both South Korean companies wishing to invest in Indonesia and Indonesian companies wishing to invest in South Korea.

Corporate hire boosts Dechert

Dechert hired Siew Kam Boon as a corporate partner based in Singapore. She was previously a partner at K&L Gates. Boon focuses on M&A, with a significant background in cross-border transactions, and on private equity and emerging growth with an emphasis on Pan-Asian matters.

Cartel expert joins Trilegal

Trilegal has appointed Nisha Kaur Uberoi as partner and head of its competition law practice in Mumbai. Uberoi has a reputation for her domestic and international experience in both merger control and cartel work. She joins Trilegal from AZB & Partners, where she was the co-head of the competition practice. She has previously worked at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Rajah and Tann, and Ashurst in Singapore.

Infrastructure hire for Luthra

Pallavi Bedi has joined Luthra & Luthra as a corporate partner. Bedi practised as a projects and infrastructure lawyer with a focus on energy, mining, airports and urban infrastructure. Prior to her move, Bedi was a partner at J Sagar Associates.

M&A partner joins Shearman

Shearman & Sterling have hired Chen Li as a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) partner in Beijing. Chen was previously a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where she focused on China outbound transactions. Chen focuses on China-related M&A across industries including natural resources, healthcare, entertainment, alternative energy, telecoms, real estate and public utilities.

Lex Favios turns to healthcare

Lex Favios launched a pharmaceutical, medical devices, diagnostics and healthcare practice headed by Rakesh Sharma and Kavitha Sripada. Sharma and Sripada both joined in April and had previously worked at Becton Dickinson India, a medical technology company.

Thumbs down for NZ bill

The New Zealand Law Society has criticized a bill allowing employees earning more than $150,000 a year to contract out of the right to pursue personal grievance claims. The society says the Employment Relations Amendment Bill removes important protections against discrimination and harassment and could result in an increase in alternative claims under privacy and human rights legislation.

Linklaters hires two seniors

Simon Meng and Andrew Ruff joined Linklaters as partners in the firm’s China corporate practice and project team, respectively. Meng is a senior M&A expert with more than 25 years of experience in cross-border M&A, project development and project finance work. Ruff is a senior projects lawyer with more than 16 years of experience in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan on energy infrastructure investments and project finance deals.

Tech plan for Amarchand

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has cast a head of innovation and artificial intelligence at the firm and launched an “innovation lab” to improve its technology delivery to its practice. The firm appointed Komal Gupta as the new head, to drive the firm’s strategy and enhance the way the firm adapts to and adopts new tech.