Dechert has appointed Jingzhou Tao as a managing partner in Beijing effective June 1. He joins from Jones Day where he was also a partner. Tao will be part of both the firm’s international arbitration and corporate and securities practices. He will be responsible for developing the Asia practice. Tao has over 25 years experience advising Fortune 500 companies on China-related matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and strategic planning. In particular, he has extensive experience representing major French multinational companies active in China. Tao is a member of the ICC Court of International Arbitration and the London Court of International Arbitration. A native Chinese, Tao is a graduate of Peking University and the Université de Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, and an author of several books in both English and French on Chinese law.

DLA Piper has appointed internationally recognised life sciences and pharmaceutical lawyer, Amanda Turnill, as a partner. She joined the litigation and regulatory practice in Sydney on 1 June 2011, boosting the firm’s life sciences capability in the Asia Pacific region. Turnill, who joins from Clayton Utz, specialises in pharmaceutical regulation, the defence of product liability claims and group and class actions, and advising on product risk, insurance and safety issues. She has handled a wide range of complex, high profile and sensitive litigious and regulatory matters for Australian, British, American, Japanese and other international corporate clients and insurers. She brings extensive commercial litigation, dispute resolution and regulatory experience gained during a 20-year career spanning Australia and the UK. Prior to joining Clayton Utz, Turnill was a partner at Hogan Lovells in London, having practised there for more than a decade.

Herbert Smith has appointed Kyle Wombolt as a partner who will be based in Hong Kong. Wombolt is a US and Hong Kong-qualified lawyer with over a decade of experience conducting multi-jurisdictional anti-corruption, fraud and accounting investigations across Asia. He has advised multinational and major regional corporates in connection with enforcement actions by US prosecutors and regulators under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and US securities laws. Qualified in New York, California and Hong Kong, he was formerly a partner at Goodwin Procter in Hong Kong.

HSA Advocates has appointed Abhishek Dutta and Nand Kishore as partners, effective 1 June 2011, to launch the indirect tax practice for the firm. They join from BMR Advisors and will be based in the firm’s New Delhi office. Dutta’s practice focuses on high end strategic advisory and diagnostic reviews in indirect taxes. He has been a lead advisor in relation to GST for a large oil and gas conglomerate. Prior to BMR, Dutta worked with Ernst & Young. Kishore has experience in both advisory and litigation practice in the areas of excise, customs, service tax and foreign trade policy laws. Prior to joining BMR, he worked with Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan.


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