Allen & Overy has hired Doha-based Samer Eido as a Partner in their Qatar office. Formerly Head of Practice at Simmons & Simmons for financial markets in the Middle East, he will now head A&O’s local banking and financial practice Eido has previously advised banks including HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Commercial Bank of Qatar, Morgan Stanley and Alkhaliji Commercial Bank. His practice covers both conventional and Islamic finance with a focus on corporate lending, trade finance, real estate and real estate finance, debt restructuring and refinancing. He also advises on capital markets transactions.

Allens Arthur Robinson has appointed international oil and gas specialist Anthony Patten as partner in the firm’s Perth practice. Patten, whose experience includes senior in-house counsel roles for Shell Gas and Power in London and Dubai, has been a London-based energy partner for Ashurst since 2008. He began his career in the Allens Melbourne office before working for firms in the UK. He went on to an in-house role with Shell in London and then Dubai, before joining Ashurst in 2006.

Blake Dawson has appointed Liza Carver as a partner of the firm’s national competition and consumer protection practice, based in Sydney. She joins from Gilbert & Tobin. Carver specialises in merger clearance and in the energy and telecommunications sectors.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has appointed Jeffrey H Chen as partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Chen, formerly with Mayer Brown JSM in Hong Kong, will be a part of the capital markets team. He is experienced in limited recourse financing structures of all types. He has pioneered limited recourse receivables financing in mainland China under existing PRC law. Chen has advised on many of the headline structured finance transactions in Asia over the past decade, including Huarong AMC NPLs, Samsung Life RMBS, HKMC’s cross-border Korean securitizations and a slew of complex structured notes and derivatives litigation arising out of the global Lehman bankruptcy proceedings. He is licensed to practice law in Washington DC, New York and Hong Kong.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has appointed Thomas Man as partner in the firm’s China corporate practice based in Beijing. Man focuses on inbound and outbound M&A and complex cross-border transactions representing Chinese and international companies. He joins from Hogan Lovells where he had been a member of the firm’s China corporate practice. Man received his JD from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington. He also holds a PhD in American constitutional history from The Johns Hopkins University and MA in Western History from Beijing University.

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