Commercial litigator Elaine Chen has joined Clifford Chance as a partner. A native of Hong Kong, Chen graduated LLB from the University of Bristol and completed her PCLL in Hong Kong. In 2004, she received an LLM from the University of London. Chen joined Hong Kong firm Johnson Stokes & Master in 1997 (now Mayer Brown JSM), becoming a partner in 2006. She is qualified in England & Wales and Hong Kong.

Eversheds has announced the appointment of corporate partner Nick Seddon. He joins Eversheds from previous roles at Heller Ehrman and DLA Piper and a stint in industry as CEO of Europe’s largest independent computer games developer. Seddon qualified as a solicitor in 1984, became a partner at the age of 27 and held various management positions at DLA Piper. During his tenure as managing director, Asia, the firm’s Asia practice grew from revenues of US$20 million to approximately US$75 million, moved from a lawyer headcount of just over 100 to 270 and opened offices in Beijing and Tokyo.

Khaitan & Co welcomes partner Murali Neelakantan to its Mumbai office. Neelakantan is a dual qualified (India and England & Wales) lawyer with over a decade of experience of working on cross border transactions at leading international law firms in London. His clients have included including Indian government and international entities, financial institutions, Japanese conglomerates, fund managers, PE houses and Indian businesses. Prior to joining Khaitan & Co Neelakantan was partner and head of the India Group at Ashurst LLP.

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