K&L Gates LLP has welcomed Haig Oghigian as a partner in the international arbitration practice. He joins from Baker & McKenzie, where he was co-chair of the Tokyo litigation and dispute resolution practice group. A member of the International Chamber of Commerce, Japan Commercial Arbitration Association, Beijing Arbitration Association, American Arbitration Association and World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration Center, among others, Oghigian represents domestic and international clients in various arbitration matters. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, having served as an arbitrator and counsel in arbitration in more than 100 cases. Oghigian also has extensive corporate experience, particularly in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors, advising on M&As, joint ventures, license and distribution agreements and construction and engineering contracts. He counsels on corporate governance, compliance issues, and technology transfer agreements, as well as other general corporate/commercial and trade law matters. As a former Canadian diplomat in Japan, Oghigian also assists clients with regulatory and government relations matters.
Winston & Strawn has appointed Giovanni Marino as a partner effective 1 July 2014. Joining from DLA Piper where he was a partner, he focuses on corporate and commercial work. Marino has been involved in a wide range of transactions in the Asia Pacific region, including structuring and establishing foreign direct investments, cross-border transactions, M&As and all forms of company commercial documentation. He also has extensive experience advising European companies on a wide range of corporate transactions and commercial matters, including the structuring and financing of investment projects in the manufacturing services and infrastructure sectors and cross boarder M&A. In addition, Marino represents a large number of companies engaged in retail, franchising and distribution in the PRC and the Asia Pacific region. He has practiced in Asia for over a decade. Prior to that, he was seconded in Manila with the Asian Development Bank and then worked as resident associate with an international law firm in Vietnam, Singapore and the PRC. Marino is qualified in Italy and is a registered foreign lawyer in Hong Kong. He received his law degree from Università degli Studi di Roma, Italy in 1993. In 1994, he received a post graduate certificate from the Italian Trade Commission in International Trade and Finance.