Akin Gump has added Matthew Puhar as a corporate partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Joining from Bingham McCutchen, Puhar focused his practice on, among other transactions, public and private cross-border corporate, corporate finance and restructuring deals.

Hogan Lovells has recruited Joseph Kim to join its Tokyo finance practice effective 16 September 2014 as a partner in the infrastructure, energy, resources and projects team. Joining from Paul Hastings in Tokyo, Kim is a project finance lawyer focusing on power projects, upstream and midstream natural resource projects and renewable energy projects, including LNG-related. He has strong contacts with global clients, such as Standard Chartered Bank, Marubeni, K-Exim and K-Sure.

Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed Jonathan Silver as a shipping finance partner in its Hong Kong office. He joins from Hong Kong firm Howse Williams Bowers where he was a partner. Prior to this, he was an of counsel in the Hong Kong office of Norton Rose Fulbright where he worked for ten years. Silver’s practice is focused on shipping and ship finance and covers loans, leasing, sale and purchase, building contracts, charterparties, guarantees, joint ventures, pooling and management.

Squire Patton Boggs has added Biswajit Chatterjee in its Singapore office. He joins as a partner and former head of DLA Piper’s Singapore corporate finance practice and global co-head of its India practice. Chatterjee is an experienced, dual-qualified Indian and US corporate lawyer with an expertise in cross border M&A and capital markets, particularly within the technology, infrastructure, engineering, energy, real estate, retail and logistics industries. His practice is focused on India, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance has strengthened its corporate finance practice with the addition of Douglas Koh who joins the Virtus Law arm of the alliance as a partner from Colin Ng & Partners. He specialises in equity capital markets and M&As in Asia, with a particular focus on China. Koh has an extensive knowledge of the Chinese market, having lived and worked in China for 15 years (1993 to 2008). He graduated from National University of Singapore in 1992 and was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1993. Koh is fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien).

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