Clyde & Co has launched an Australian projects and construction practice in Perth with the appointment of Beth Cubitt and Glen Warwick as partners. Cubitt will join the firm on 1 November after 12 years with King & Wood Mallesons in Perth and Melbourne. She specialises in front-end and back-end construction law, covering cross-border transactions, project structures, procurement systems, contract documents, arbitration and cross-border disputes, particularly in the energy and resources sector. Warwick joins from the Perth office of Norton Rose. He specialises in construction and engineering law with a focus on energy, infrastructure and mining. Warwick has extensive experience with complex contracts across Australia, the Middle East and Asia, as well as considerable dispute resolution experience. Prior to returning to Australia in February 2011, he worked with Clyde & Co’s Middle East projects and construction group for two years.

Gall has appointed Jennifer Van Dale and Michael Withington as partners to enhance the firm’s non-contentious employment, professional negligence and shareholder dispute capabilities. Van Dale joins from Baker & McKenzie where she headed the firm’s Hong Kong employment practice. Withington joins as a partner from Herbert Smith Freehills. He has extensive experience in a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including contentious employment, professional negligence claims and shareholder disputes. Withington is noted for his clear advice, responsiveness and good judgment.

Mayer Brown JSM has appointed Betty Tam as a partner. Tam, who will join the firm later this year in Shanghai, is a partner at an international law firm in Shanghai. She has more than 12 years of experience advising on cross-border M&A and foreign direct investment matters in the PRC. Tam has extensive experience advising multinationals on issues relating to their investment in Mainland China, including acquisition and divestment of Chinese companies, formation of joint ventures and matters related to their operations, such as corporate governance, employment, foreign exchange and regulatory/compliance matters. She has advised clients in a wide range of industries, including those in the power, water and waste water treatment utilities, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. She speaks fluent French and frequently advises French companies operating in China.

Reed Smith has appointed Jonathan Solomon as a partner in the firm’s global energy and natural resources group. Solomon, who joins from Dentons, represents and advises financial institutions, corporates and traders on all forms of structured trade and commodity and infrastructure financings including pre-export, pre-payment, limited recourse, warehouse and counter trade as well as rights purchase and true sale structures. His global practice specialises in emerging markets and covers receivables and all types of commodities. In the past three years, Solomon was lead advisor on more than 15 award-winning deals including transactions involving jurisdictions such as Indonesia, Ukraine, The Philippines, Mongolia, Brazil, the Russian Federation and Belarus.

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