Davis Polk & Wardwell has appointed Martin Rogers and James Wadham as partners in Hong Kong. Rogers (English and Hong Kong law-qualified) will join from the Hong Kong office of Clifford Chance where he was the Asia-Pacific head of litigation and dispute resolution and the Asia-Pacific co-head of financial services regulation. He has spent over 22 years in Asia advising and representing clients on the most complex, high-profile disputes, regulatory enforcement matters and white collar crime cases. Wadham (UK and HK qualified) has advised the world’s leading investment banks on complex regulatory matters and has developed an enviable reputation for complex litigation, including cross-border disputes, shareholder and investment disputes and professional negligence defence work.

Foley & Lardner has appointed Robert Lee as a partner. Prior to joining the firm, Lee was a partner with Diaz Reus and previously served as interim in-house counsel and outside corporate counsel for GE Power Systems, GE Capital, GE Access and GE Transportation, and provided support for Siemens corporate and real estate legal divisions. He has engaged in cross-border transactions and investments, particularly relating to Latin America and Asia Pacific (China/Hong Kong) regions. In addition, Lee has represented issuers, underwriters and investors in connection with Regulation D exempt transactions and private placements, IPOs, PIPEs, secondary offerings, registration of securities with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and listing on US stock exchanges and OTCBB.

Herbert Smith Freehills has appointed Chinnawat Thongpakdee as a partner in its Asia dispute resolution practice. He has over 28 years of experience in dispute resolution, including litigation, regulatory matters and international arbitration. Based in Bangkok, Thongpakdee will advise local, regional and international corporates who become involved in Thai disputes, and on international arbitrations arising from activities in Thailand or involving Thai parties. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner with a leading Thai and international law firm. He was also secretary to the Director-General of the Legal Counsel Department and a former Senior State Attorney in the Attorney General’s Office.

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