Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow, the member firm of Baker & McKenzie International in Singapore, has expanded its dispute resolution practice with the appointment of Nandakumar Ponniya as principal. Ponniya joined the firm on 8 October 2014 from White & Case where he was a partner in the international arbitration group, with a focus on oil and gas, infrastructure and construction law. He has more than 18 years of experience, with a particular focus on construction, engineering, oil and gas, power and energy, and mining and resources. He has advised on disputes in various jurisdictions, including Singapore, Indonesia, India, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar. Ponniya has also handled various corporate and commercial matters, including disputes in international trade and other cross-border transactions, as well as corporate restructuring and insolvency work.

Bird & Bird has appointed Ying Wang as a partner in its International HR services group in Shanghai where she will head its employment practice for China. Ying has built a strong track record in advising both international and local clients on contentious and non-contentious employment issues. She has more than 13 years’ experience across the full range of employment issues, including various PRC labour and social insurance regulatory matters, mass layoffs, labor disputes, M&A-related matters, cross-border employment and daily corporate labor issues. She was appointed part-time arbitrator of the Shanghai Labour Dispute Arbitration Committee in September 2004. Her clients include multinational companies and Fortune 500 companies in various industries. Admitted as a solicitor in China in 2007, Ying holds an LLB from Fudan University Law School, Shanghai and a Bachelor of Economics with Distinction from Nanjing University of Economics. She is also a member of Shanghai Labour Law Association.

Kobre & Kim has appointed Randall Arthur as a partner in its Hong Kong office. He has been practicing in Hong Kong for much of his career, focusing on insolvency and debtor-creditor matters, fraud and asset tracing, international judgment enforcement and commercial litigation, including financial products and services, and joint venture, partnership and shareholder disputes. Randall joins from Hong Kong-based firm Gall where he acted on a variety of corporate and commercial disputes, as well as contentious insolvency matters.

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