Conyers’ Hong Kong office has added senior partner Mark Yeadon to bolster the firm’s disputes and restructuring offering in Asia. He joins as partner and head of Hong Kong disputes and restructuring. Yeadon brings with him 40 years of experience advising on commercial litigation, investigations, compliance and regulatory matters in both Hong Kong and London. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner at Eversheds Sutherland, and was the head of Asia litigation and dispute management. He was also a partner and head of the Hong Kong litigation practice at Slaughter and May until 2010. Yeadon advises clients throughout Asia, and specialises in the resolution of commercial disputes by arbitration, court proceedings and mediation. He has a wealth of experience advising on a wide range of commercial and financial disputes for multinational and domestic corporates in a variety of industries, and for major international and domestic banks. In particular, he has advised on matters arising out of complex financial transactions, including derivatives, breaches of commercial contract, breaches of directors’ and employees’ duties, fraud, negligence and shareholder disputes.
Pinsent Masons has added renewable energy partner William Stroll in Singapore. Specialising in renewable energy transactions in South East Asia, Stroll advises developers, investment funds, independent power producers and oil and gas majors across a wide range of disciplines, including cross-border acquisitions and disposals, regulatory matters, joint ventures and M&A structuring. He joins from Herbert Smith Freehills, advising on complex energy transactions across Asia. His recent clients have included Blue Leaf Energy on its development of 1.25 GW of solar projects in the Philippines; Mitsubishi, through its subsidiary Diamond Generating Asia, on its investment into a 600MW cross-border wind farm being developed in Laos; Kansai Electric Power on its Indonesian gas-fired power plant joint venture with Medco Power Indonesia; and Armstrong Asset Management on the sale of a 40MW solar portfolio in Thailand and 39.4MW wind farm in Vietnam.
Tiang & Partners has added Chiang Ling Li, a leading intellectual property lawyer in China, to lead the IP practice. Chiang has more than 25 years’ experience in Chinese IP and pharmaceutical law. She advises clients on their litigation and transactions involving patents, trade secrets, copyright, unfair competition, 3-D marks and well-known marks. She also pursues criminal enforcement of IP infringement in China. Chiang works closely with industry organisations lobbying for legal reform, including those concerning patent linkage and data exclusivity. She has been appointed as an arbitrator by CIETAC, HKIAC, ADNDRC and the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. Joining from Jones Day, Chiang brings a strong technical background to complement her deep experience advocating for clients in a variety of complex patents and trade secrets disputes and brand protection mandates involving multinational companies and Chinese companies in the life sciences and healthcare sectors.
Withers has further strengthened its litigation and international arbitration practice in Asia with the hire of a new partner and commercial litigator Joseph Chu in Hong Kong. Joining from Simmons & Simmons, Chu has over 20 years of experience in cross-border commercial litigation and international arbitration. He represents institutional and individual clients, particularly China-based and multi-national companies, executives or boards involved in high-value disputes. His areas of expertise include regulatory investigations and compliance issues, contract and shareholder disputes, trusts, and restructuring and insolvency. He also advises private clients on family and estate disputes. As a thought leader, Chu contributed to Sweet & Maxwell’s “Arbitration in Hong Kong: A Practical Guide” 2nd edition, and was a contributing editor of Hong Kong Civil Procedure. He is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, and is a qualified practitioner in Hong Kong, the UK and China.