Dr Gordon Gao has recently joined Fangda Partners as a partner in its intellectual property and dispute resolution practice. Dr Gao, one of the leading intellectual property lawyers in China, was formally head of China IP Practice Group of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP, and before that the head of China IP Enforcement practice for Deacons, Hong Kong.

Clifford Chance announced that Masayuki Okamoto has joined the firm’s Tokyo office, as a partner in the finance practice.

Murzali Mohd Ali has joined Azmi & Associates in the Projects and Oil & Gas Practice Group. Murzali previously served five years as a senior legal officer with PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd, the upstream exploration arm of Malaysian national oil company PETRONAS. Fajar Aidu Abdul Talib also rejoins Azmi & Associates as an associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group. She previously served in the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group for almost three years prior to joining a corporation involved in the jewellery business, which was previously listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange. Fajar Aidu’s arrival further strengthens the firm’s expertise in mergers & acquisitions.

Matthew Durham has joined the China team of Simmons & Simmons. He rejoins the firm from Linklaters. Prior to that, Durham qualified with Simmons & Simmons and spent more than nine years with the firm in London, China and the Middle East, with almost six years in the firm’s Shanghai office. Admitted in England and Wales, Durham will focus on mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment and other corporate-commercial transactions. He will also add significantly to the firm’s employment capability in China.

David Chu has joined Heller Ehrman’s Asia Dispute Resolution practice as a consultant in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Chu is a senior litigator with experience covering a broad range of commercial disputes. He has appeared in numerous hearings before judges and masters of the High Court and District Courts of Hong Kong. Chu has advised and represented a number of multinational clients in relation to complex commercial disputes. He has extensive experience with shareholders’ disputes, corporate governance issues and director liability, contentious business insolvency litigation, and employment disputes. In recent years, has also been involved in a number of high profile cases in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Heller Ehrman, Chu was with Simmons and Simmons.

Jones Day has appointed David Neuville as partner in the capital markets practice. Neuville has expertise in public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and other aspects of securities law and joins the firm from Simmons & Simmons. During his 13 years in Hong Kong, Neuville has represented issuers and underwriters in equity and debt securities offerings by companies based in China, India, Taiwan, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Thailand, among other places. Recently, he has acted as US counsel for the underwriters in equity offerings by China Communications Construction Company Limited (raising US$2.4 billion) and Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric Co Ltd. (US$275 million). Before joining Simmons & Simmons Neuville was an international partner in Hong Kong with Baker & McKenzie.

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