Kim & Chang has welcomed Hoe Sun Kim back to the firm as senior partner, to work in its White Collar Criminal Defence Practice Group. Kim initially joined the firm in 2005 before leaving to take on the role of Vice Director of the National Intelligence Service. Specialising in white collar crime, he boasts extensive experience in a wide range of criminal law matters, and an impressive career history that includes 25 years of experience as a public prosecutor at the Seoul District Prosecutor’s Office, the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office, and the Seoul District Prosecutor’s Office, where he became the Vice Chief Prosecutor in 2002. Additionally, Kim has acted as the Senior Expert Advisor to the National Assembly’s Committee of Judiciary and Legislation, and served as the Assistant Minister for the Ministry of Justice’s Office of Planning & Management.

Kim & Chang has also appointed Youngjin Jung as partner to the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. Jung joins the firm from a partnership position with Yulchon, where he specialised in the areas of antitrust, international trade and international arbitration. In addition to his private practice experience, Jung has held various government service positions over the years including a role advising on the Korea-US/Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement and membership roles with both the cartel advisory board of the Korea Fair Trade Commission and the Korea Communication Commissions. He is a registered arbitrator at the World Bank’s ICSID Arbitration Panel and the Korea Commercial Arbitration Board, and was also a visiting professor at Duke Law School and an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School.

Gauri Rasgorta has rejoined Khaitan & Co as a partner in the firm’s New Delhi office. Previously appointed partner and head of the firm’s New Delhi litigation practice in 2004, a position she held until 2006, Rasgotra now rejoins from the George Washington University Law School in Washington DC where she was engaged as head of the school’s India Studies Centre until June 2009. Having enrolled as an advocate in 1993, Rasgotra possesses litigation and advisory experience in both academic and corporate settings across a range of practice areas, including constitutional law, environmental law, corporate law, infrastructure law, arbitration and conciliation and IP law.

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP has appointed Matthew Berger as partner to work in both its Palo Alto and Tokyo offices. Berger joins the firm from Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he most recently served as the chair of that firm’s Technology Transactions Group in Tokyo. With extensive corporate transactional experience, Berger has represented clients in a wide variety of matters. His practice is expected to focus on complex technology transactions and intellectual property counseling and advice, generally for clients in high technology industries in the US, Japan and Europe. In the past 5 years, he has worked on some major technology deals for clients including Fujitsu, Goldman Sachs and Toshiba.

Projects lawyer Henry Cort has joined as partner the Finance & Projects Practice Group of Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow in Singapore. Over his 15 year career, Cort has gained broad experience in the development, financing and sale of infrastructure development projects, in particular within the power, water and telecoms sectors. In joining the firm, he has relinquished a partnership post in the Dubai office of Trowers & Hamlins, and his new employer believes the appointment is timely following the opening of its Abu Dhabi office in February 2009. Previously, Cort has worked in the projects groups at Hunton & Williams LLP in London and Singapore, and Milbank Tweed LLP in London.

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