Rahul Beruar has joined FoxMandal Little as its new copyright head. He brings to the table a wide experience in the field of copyright enforcement, trademarks prosecution, IP rights related litigation and drafting and reviewing of agreements and has advised clients such as the much highlighted case of Harry Potter in India. Beruar joins the firm from law firm Akash Chittranshi & Associates, where he served as a partner for over six years specializing in copyright laws.

Habib Al Mulla has appointed Douglas G Smith as a partner and head of corporate practice in the firm’s Dubai office. Smith’s main areas of practice include corporate law, M&A, private equity, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and other commercial work. His practice has involved him in transactional work in numerous jurisdictions including the Middle East, North America and Europe, as well as in East and Southeast Asia, including China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and India. Prior to joining the firm, Smith was a partner in the Hong Kong offices of Troutman Sanders.

Tony Grundy has joined Morrison & Foerster LLP’s Tokyo office as a partner in the firm’s capital markets practice group. Grundy has over 30 years of experience in capital markets, banking, structured finance and corporate recovery, and has advised a wide array of international investment banks and issuers. He joins from Linklaters where he acted as managing partner of their Tokyo office.

Simmons & Simmons has announced the appointment of partner Brian Downie to head its projects practice in the region. With ten years experience in the region, Downie joined the Hong Kong office from Minter Ellison, where he was a partner. He specialises in projects work, advising both local and international companies. Downie will lead the firm’s projects team in Asia.

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