Baker Botts has appointed Jeff Layman as a partner in the firm’s Beijing global practice group. He joined the firm from the Beijing and Hong Kong offices of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Layman has been involved in many groundbreaking transactions involving Chinese companies. His recent transactions include advising the project sponsors in the development and financing of the largest greenfield power financing in the Philippines in over a decade and the first non-recourse overseas power project financing by China Development Bank and Sinosure. His projects background includes a two-year secondment to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington DC.

Majmudar & Co has appointed Rukshad Davar as a partner in the firm’s Mumbai office, effective 3 January 2011. He has previously worked for Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co, P&A and Bharucha & Partners. He is a qualified solicitor from Mumbai and the United Kingdom, as well as a qualified chartered accountant. For the past 10 years, he has been practicing corporate law and advising local and international clients on M&As, tax and real estate matters. Davar has advised the Thales Group of companies, the Rolta Group of Companies, Microsoft, Dawnay Day, GVK Power & Infrastructure Limited, Woodhead Pty Ltd, Flextronics and Vertex.

Simpson Grierson has appointed David Cochrane as a special counsel in the firm’s Wellington office. He joins the firm with over 20 years experience as a senior public law partner at Chapman Tripp and nearly a decade as a parliamentary counsel. Cochrane’s focus is in the transport, fisheries and public entities areas, and in assisting clients with drafting and submitting legislation and negotiating parliamentary processes.

Yulchon has appointed Jai Yun Lim as a partner. His practice primarily focuses on general corporate law, bankruptcy and restructuring, and corporate and commercial litigation. Lim began his legal career in 1983 as an associate at Kim, Chang & Lee. He later became the managing partner of Nara Law and taught law at Sungkyunkwan University from 2005 to 2010. He has served as a member of various economic and finance committees in the Korean government. Lim received his LLB from Seoul National University and is licensed to practice in Korea.

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