Emanuel Confos has joined the real estate and projects group at Gilbert + Tobin. Confos’ construction experience includes advising large scale developers, major contractors and subcontractors on construction matters at both the front and back ends. He is also well regarded for his expertise in green buildings and sustainability. Confos was previously a partner in the construction group at Swaab Attorneys.

Harney Westwood & Riegels has appointed offshore lawyer Paul Lau as a partner based in its Hong Kong office. Lau has extensive BVI and Cayman experience in banking and finance, joint venture and general cross-border matters. His areas of practice include all corporate and commercial disciplines, particularly in relation to acquisitions, investment funds and securities exchange listings. Prior to joining the firm, Lau worked with another leading offshore law firm in both its Caribbean and Hong Kong offices.

Yeong Wai Cheong, the former regional counsel for Asia and head of legal for Singapore in Rabobank International’s Singapore branch, has joined KhattarWong as a partner in the firm’s commercial and banking practice. A former lawyer of KhattarWong from 1991 to 1999, Yeong also previously served as head of the legal department at the Singapore branch of French corporate and investment banking entity Calyon.

Ameet Datta has joined Luthra & Luthra Law Offices as partner in the IP & entertainment group. In the past, Datta has been engaged in high profile IP contentious and non-contentious matters and has exhaustive expertise on both the litigation and corporate side of the business. He joins the firm from Anand & Anand.

Satoru Matsuo has joined Morgan Lewis as an IP partner in its Tokyo office. With over 25 years of experience, most recently Matsuo practiced for ten years in the New York and Tokyo offices of Morrison & Foerster LLP. He focuses his practice on IP litigation and has experience in a broad range of technology licensing, patent litigation, and other intellectual property matters. Matsuo’s practice also includes complex business litigation, including product liability cases, as well as assisting Japanese clients with US discovery.

Simmons & Simmons has announced appointment of partner Sau-Wing Mak to the firm’s financial markets practice. Mak joins the firm from Wachovia Bank where she was senior legal counsel and senior vice president, having previously worked for many years at Linklaters. She specialises in equity derivatives and retail structured products, expanding the firm’s derivatives offering further. Although based in Hong Kong, Mak will assist clients across Asia.

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