Robert Cook has joined Minter Ellison as a partner and will head the firm’s Canberra employment practice. Cook has been a key adviser to public and private sector organisations for more than 10 years. His areas of practice cover all aspects of employment and workplace relations, including workplace agreements, restructuring and classification reviews, unfair dismissals, employee fraud and misconduct. Cook was previously a partner at Clayton Utz.

Basil Hwang has joined Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP (Paul Hastings), as partner the firm’s corporate department. Hwang’s practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions, private equity transactions, and securities offerings. He will be based in the Hong Kong office and has advised investment fund and company clients on dozens of private equity transactions and acquisitions in Greater China, including the 120 million acquisition of 3721.com by Yahoo!Inc. He has also advised clients on numerous high-profile securities offerings, including Nasdaq, Hong Kong and Singapore listings; Rule 144A equity and debt offerings; and listed Eurobond offerings.

Jones Day
has announced the appointment of Christine M. Kim as partner in its Hong Kong office. Kim joins the firm from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where she was a real estate partner in its New York office. Kim will lead Jones Day’s real estate practice in Asia. She is a member of The Board of Visitors of Georgetown University, the School of Foreign Service and a member of the Advisory Board for Centre for Hope (Haiti). Currently, she is an adjunct professor at the KDI School of Management and Policy in Seoul, Korea, lecturing on Real Estate Securities; REITs and Beyond.


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