DFDL Mekong has announced that Shahwar Nizam has joined DFDL Singapore as a senior adviser. He joins from Duane Morris & Selvam in Singapore where he was a senior associate. Nizam has more than nine years of legal experience, including five in Bangladesh. He specialises in M&A, restructuring, corporate finance, banking and general corporate work. Nizam brings in-depth knowledge and experience of the Bangladesh legal market, having worked in Dhaka from 2002 to 2007 at Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates, Citibank and Lis & Lex. He started his career in the UK as a pupil barrister at Erskine Chambers, having qualified as a barrister. He is also qualified in Bangladesh and is a member of the Dhaka Bar Association. He speaks English and Bengali.

Jones Day has announced that Carolyn McNabb, a prominent investment funds lawyer, has joined the firm as Of Counsel in its Singapore office. McNabb joins from Sidley Austin, where she was influential in building that firm’s investment funds practice in Singapore. Her practice encompasses a broad range of transactional activities focused on alternative investment funds, including fund structuring and formation, as well as M&As, asset dispositions, and capital raisings in the asset management sector.

K&L Gates has added Amy L Sommers as a corporate partner in its Shanghai office. She joins from Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. An experienced transactions lawyer, Sommers counsels in a variety of regulated sectors, such as e-commerce, travel, education, finance and transportation, on a broad range of business and commercial transactions, including M&As, commercial financings, real estate development, and other finance and investment projects. A resident of Shanghai since 2004, Sommers is a former leader of the American Bar Association’s China Committee and is the co-author of Real Property Law in China: A Guide to Foreign Investment (ABA Publishing, 2011), which discusses key laws and regulations relevant to foreign investment in China’s real property sector.


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