Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Gavin MacLaren and Mark Plenderleith as partners to boost its energy, natural resources and infrastructure capabilities in Asia. MacLaren, a partner from Allens Arthur Robinson, brings a wealth of experience across a range of M&As, joint ventures and project development work, with a specific focus on the energy and natural resources sector. He has spent several years living and working in South East Asia. Plenderleith, a partner from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, will be based in Tokyo where he has worked since 2006.

Simmons & Simmons has appointed Tom Fyfe as a dispute resolution partner in Hong Kong. Previously a partner at Clyde & Co Hong Kong, Fyfe specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration matters, and has particular experience in disputes relating to professional liability, M&As, fraud and financial institutions. He was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales, solicitor advocate and a solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong.

Withers has boosted its litigation offering in London and Singapore with the appointment of Gerallt Owen as new head of international regulatory and corporate crime. He joins as a partner from Crowell & Moring’s London office, where he was head of international regulatory and corporate crime. Owen has advised on high profile investigations and proceedings brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), and the Financial Services Authority (FSA). He recently chaired the 2012 China Anti-Corruption Summit in Shanghai. It is anticipated that Owen will join the firm on July.

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