Legal news in brief – July 2016

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PILLSBURY’S HK PLANS

Pillsbury has opened an office in Hong Kong and appointed Paul Jebely to lead the new office and the firm’s expanding transportation finance practice. Jebely joined from Clyde & Co and is an experienced aviation finance expert in Asia and Africa, advising on commercial and corporate aircraft transactions. His practice focuses on international commercial and business aircraft and engine financing, leasing and trading transactions. He also advises clients on enforcement and repossession issues.

Michael Turnbull
Michael Turnbull

DLA HIRES INSURANCE EXPERT

Michael Turnbull (pictured) has joined the litigation and regulatory practice for DLA Piper in Hong Kong, working as a senior consultant in the insurance sector, within which he has more than 35 years of legal experience. He worked as a legal consultant to a global broker prior to joining DLA Piper.

DENTONS, RODYK MAKE IT FORMAL

Dentons and Rodyk have formalized their Singapore alliance after last November flagging their intention to combine when a vote on the matter was taken by partners of both firms.

Dentons now claims the mantel of the Pacific Rim’s leading global law firm with more than 85 offices in the region. The firm is called “Dentons” in all languages except Chinese, where it is called “大成.”

BLP TAKES WILLIAM KK HO

Berwin Leighton Paisner has acquired Hong Kong boutique firm William KK Ho & Co. It has been reported that the move fills vacancies from when seven of the BLP’s finance lawyers departed its Hong Kong and Singapore offices in March to join Holman Fenwick Willan.

NEW HEADS FOR PEABODY

Matthew Lam and Joanne Wu will both replace outgoing managing partner Kenneth Wong to lead Nixon Peabody CWL, formed when CWL Partners and Nixon Peabody combined last year. Wong will stay on in corporate practice. Lam works in corporate and China practices, while Wu heads the Hong Kong dispute resolution practice.

V&E SET UP IN TAIPEI

Vinson & Elkins has opened an office in Taipei, adding to the firm’s regional offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Tokyo. The office will be led by partners David Tsai and Christopher Kao, who joined from Perkins Coie in September last year, and who will focus on litigation, IP, renewable energy and corporate.

Shagoofa Rashid Khan
Shagoofa Rashid Khan

CAM APPOINTS FINANCE EXPERT

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) has appointed Shagoofa Rashid Khan (pictured) as a partner and national head of the firm’s funds, investment and advisory practice. Khan, who joins the Mumbai office, has 17 years of experience in structuring funds, managed accounts, fund documentation, acquisitions, exits, restructuring, joint ventures, international taxation and planning, corporate and commercial law, business advisory, compliance and ethics advisory, and auditing and finance. She has worked extensively as an in-house counsel in the Indian financial services sector.

PARTNERS TAKE CHANCE ON BOUTIQUE

Clifford Chance’s former Sydney managing partner Mark Pistilli has launched Pistilli Simmons, a new corporate boutique, with fellow partner Danny Simmons. Both left Clifford Chance earlier this year, and prior to that were part of Chang Pistilli & Simmons, which merged with Clifford Chance five years ago.

CLYDE & CO ROLE SWITCH

Clyde & Co’s Hong Kong managing partner Michael Parker will move into the same role at the firm’s Singapore office, while partner Simon McConnell will take his place in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, shipping, insurance and dispute resolution head Ik Wei-chong was appointed as the firm’s new managing director for Asia.

AUSSIE-BASED MP FOR ASHURST

Ashurst has appointed its first Australian-based managing partner with finance co-head Paul Jenkins. He replaces James Collis, who revealed earlier this year he would be stepping down from the position to return to the finance practice. The Sydney-based partner will have the role until June 2020, when the firm will also have to elect a chairman, a post currently held by Ben Tidswell.

CEPA TIE-UP FORMED

Stephenson Harwood entered into an association with Chinese law firm Wei Tu under the name Stephenson Harwood – Wei Tu (China) Association. The association was formed under the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) that permits Hong Kong-based law firms to operate in association with mainland law firms to provide legal services on Chinese and non-Chinese laws on the mainland. Based in Guangzhou, Wei Tu is led by Lu Xianming, formerly with Stephenson Harwood.