Minter Ellison has appointed Michael Harrison as partner of the firm. An energy, resources and infrastructure projects specialist, his practice focus is in the power, oil and gas (including LNG), mining, natural resources, transport and waste sectors. Harrison is also highly regarded for his pan-Asian experience. His client base includes industry participants and project sponsors, as well as governments, government owned corporations and state owned enterprises, regulatory authorities and financiers. He will be based in Sydney but, given the nature of his practice, he will spend a significant amount of time in Perth and the Asian region. Before joining the firm, he was a partner of Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Withers has appointed Simon Michaels as a partner in the firm’s Singapore office. Most recently partner and head of the South East Asian private client practice at Berwin Leighton Paisner, Michaels will focus on tax and wealth planning, advising Singapore’s growing number of ultra high net worth families and trust companies. A dual-qualified English barrister and solicitor, he has been listed as a leading individual in renowned legal ranking publications. Since moving to Asia in 2009, Michaels has advised a number of Asia’s wealthiest and most prominent families. He has implemented trust and other wealth structuring solutions for several US multi-billion net worth clients and has acted in contentious international trust matters.

Simmons & Simmons has bolstered its financial markets practice with the addition of Jay Lee who started at the Hong Kong office on 5 December 2012. A trilingual speaker, Lee left his in-house post at Standard Chartered Bank, (where he was Head of DCM Legal for North East Asia) and Citigroup before that to join the Hong Kong team at Simmons & Simmons. The focus of his practice will be on RMB bonds as well as medium term note programmes, equity linked products and local currency bonds.

John Emmerig joined Jones Day’s Sydney office as a partner in its Global Disputes practice. Formerly at Ashurst Australia, Emmerig was a senior partner in the firm’s litigation group and a head of its national class actions practice as well as a leading figure in its government practice. He has a deep bench of expertise in major claims and strategic litigation.

Jones Day also welcomes Michelle Chen to its banking and finance practice in Singapore. Chen’s niche area of practice will be structured finance, with a particular focus on project finance and pre-export finance in the energy sector. Chen also has substantial experience in credit insurance, restructuring and general financing. She was formerly a partner with Herbert Smith. Chen is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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