Clyde & Co has appointed Matthew Heywood as a partner in its global projects and construction practice. Based in the firm’s Dubai office, he will be the sixth specialist construction partner in the firm’s Middle East construction practice. He previously led the construction disputes and Middle East group at Osborne Clark in London, and previously spent five years in Dubai with the construction group of another international law firm. Heywood is a leading disputes lawyer with more than 15 years of experience. He specialises in contentious construction, particularly complex cases with multiple parties. He advises clients across the Middle East on the resolution of disputes arising out of major infrastructure projects. He is also highly experienced in providing clients with project specific counsel and risk management advice throughout the project lifecycle.

DLA Piper has added James Chang as a corporate partner in Beijing. Chang focuses on public and private cross-border M&A, leveraged buyouts, private equity transactions, and general corporate governance and securities law matters. He is experienced in advising corporations, private equity funds, boards and management in M&A transactions, as well as related debt and equity financings. He also has wealth of experience advising investors and companies on pre-IPO investments, as well as advising investment funds and corporations on US securities regulations and corporate governance matters. Chang’s practice involves a wide range of sectors, including technology, media, telecommunications, healthcare, pharmaceutical, energy and manufacturing.

Hogan Lovells has added Larry Sussman in its corporate practice as a partner in Beijing, China. Sussman is a tax lawyer with broad corporate transactional capabilities. He joins from O’Melveny & Myers. Sussman began his post-law school career at PwC in New York, where he worked for almost four years before moving to Beijing to join Coudert Brothers. He joined O’Melveny & Myers in 2002 in Beijing and has been there ever since. Sussman focuses on representing multinationals, private equity, and financial services companies on a broad range of matters. Several of his clients have worked with him on matters ranging from funds formation to domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, particularly in the entertainment and leisure and hospitality sector.

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