Allen & Overy announced that Suparerk Auychai has joined the firm as Of Counsel at the firm’s Bangkok office, effective from July 2nd 2007. Suparerk, previously a partner at Norton Rose, brings more than 15 years of expertise and experience in capital markets, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. He is qualified in both New York and Thailand. Widely recognised for the depth and breadth of his knowledge of the local Thai regulatory regime, Suparerk has experience in various industries including telecommunications, banking and insurance. He has acted for Thai and international clients, and has worked in Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.

Minter Ellison announced the appointment of Nigel Francis to head its Hong Kong Dispute Resolution practice. Before joining Minters, Nigel was a partner in the market leading the litigation team at Magic Circle firm Herbert Smith. Nigel is an acknowledged expert in commercial litigation. He has been involved in various disputes concerning breach of contract and warranty claims, breaches of confidence, infringements of all forms of proprietary rights and in the obtainment and enforcement of injunctions.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced that Elizabeth Cole, formerly managing partner of Deacons’s Shanghai office, has joined the firm as a partner in its Shanghai office. Cole is the fifth partner Orrick has added to its China offices in the last six months. Cole’s practice focuses on corporate, mergers and acquisitions, information technology, biotechnology and projects and financing matters representing numerous multinational corporations on the establishment, acquisition and operation of their businesses in China and throughout Asia.

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