O’Melveny & Myers has announced the appointment of partner Joel Hogarth to its Singapore office. A finance and restructuring lawyer, Hogarth joins the firm’s Asian practice from White & Case, with whom he began his career in London in 2000 before relocating to that firm’s Singapore office shortly thereafter. His previous experience includes working on M&A and bank lending transactions, and representing distressed investment funds, financial institutions and corporate groups throughout Southeast Asia. A fluent Bahasa-Indonesia speaker, Joel has in-depth experience working on transactions in the Indonesian market, in addition to having advised corporations in Hong Kong and Thailand on restructurings and distressed investment transactions. He also played a leading role on the US$14 billion Asia Pulp & Paper restructuring deal, a transaction described as among the largest and most complex emerging-market restructurings undertaken in Asia thus far.

Tay & Partners has recruited dispute resolution lawyer Cheah Soo Chuan as partner in the firm’s Kuala Lumpur office. Joining from Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, Cheah specialises in corporate, commercial and banking litigation and brings practical experience on a broad spectrum of litigation matters, including shareholder and joint venture disputes, defamation, insolvency, liquidation, receivership, foreclosure, banking litigation, and general contractual and tortious disputes. He joins the firm’s Dispute Resolution practice group, which is one of its three core practice areas. The appointment comes at an appropriate time, according to the firm’s managing partner Tay Beng Chai, owing to a rise in contentious cases in the past year.

K&L Gates LLP has welcomed partner Raja Bose to its Singapore office, to lead the firm’s international arbitration practice for Asia. Having worked on international trade and transport matters, corporate and commercial disputes, and construction and engineering claims in offshore oil & gas and power & energy, Bose contributes extensive commercial arbitration and international litigation experience to the firm. Graduating with LLB (Hons) and LLM (International Trade Law) degrees from the National University of Singapore and the University of London respectively, Bose is known for having subsequently built-up a rated practice during a ten year tenure with Watson, Farley & Williams. He has conducted international arbitrations with seats in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, London, Paris, Geneva, and New York and is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. Bose was also recently appointed to the panel of arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has appointed partner Tom Tobiason to its Shanghai office, where he will lead the firm’s US-China and Asia-wide emerging companies practice. Tobiason has represented emerging growth and technology companies, venture capitalists and investment banks in the US and Asia in the areas of venture capital, M&A and private equity and, having practised for a number of years in Silicon Valley, lists clean-tech, Internet, online gaming, digital media, wireless/mobile, semiconductor and life sciences companies as among his clients. Jim Tervo, head of the firm’s China Offices, anticipates that Tobiason’s new practice will extend to Vietnam, Korea and Taiwan where, he notes, “the rise of technology, Internet, telecoms and similar sectors are creating similar exciting opportunities.”

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