Ashurst has strengthened its dispute resolution practice with the appointment of Alexander Dmitrenko as a partner, based in Tokyo. Dmitrenko has over 15 years’ experience specializing in white-collar defense, internal investigations, sanctions and export controls and dispute resolution. He has substantial experience advising on compliance with sanctions and export controls, anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, human rights and forced labor, and other laws and regulations; establishing compliance policies and procedures; conducting due diligence and compliance clearance on various projects and investments; and conducting internal and regulatory investigations related to potential violations, for example, of the US sanctions or the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Dmitrenko also advises financial institutions and other companies on compliance and risk mitigation measures related to US-China regulatory tensions and potential conflict of laws. He is qualified to practice in New York, England and Wales and the Russian Federation, and he speaks English, French, Japanese, Russian and Ukrainian. He will be joining the firm in the New Year.
Ashurst has also expanded its debt capital markets expertise with the appointment of Jessica Li as partner in the global markets group, based in Hong Kong. Li joins from Allen & Overy, where she has worked since 2013, prior to which she was trained at Clifford Chance in Hong Kong and London. Her practice focuses on debt capital markets in Greater China, and her key clients include local and international banks and financial institutions, as well as other corporate entities. Li advises on various debt and equity-related capital market products, and she has experience in advising issuers and dealers on various debt capital market transactions, including standalone bond offerings, MTN program establishment and note issuances thereunder, hybrid securities offerings, equity-linked debt products and Basel III compliant regulatory capital issuances, with a special focus on China-related markets. Li is qualified in Hong Kong. She is native in Mandarin, and fluent in English and Cantonese.
Virapon Panabut has joined Thailand law firm, Kudun & Partners as senior counsel of the firm’s Dispute Resolution, Litigation and Arbitration and Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. Khun Virapon is a highly acclaimed and well-known counsel who has held several remarkable positions such as Deputy Attorney General of the Department of Administrative Litigation, Office of The Attorney General, Director-General of the Office of Appellate Litigation Region 7, Director-General of the Foreign Affairs Office, Director-General of the Office of Legal Counsel, and Director-General of the Department of Administrative Litigation, Office of The Attorney General. His area of expertise includes government procurement contracts, administrative contracts and laws, local and international arbitration, and commercial and business litigation.