Allen & Overy has appointed Benjamin Bai as partner to head its IP practice in China, based in Shanghai. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner at Jones Day where he built and co-headed its IP practice in China. Bai is a trained scientist with a masters and PhD in chemistry and a seasoned US patent attorney who has more than 13 years of experience representing multinational companies in enforcing and protecting their IP rights in China, defending Chinese companies in US courts in infringement actions and advising on the full range of non-contentious IP matters.

Blake Dawson has appointed Michael Sheng as partner in its Shanghai office. He joins the firm after almost five years at an international law firm in Shanghai where he worked as a senior transactional lawyer. After graduating from the University of Melbourne and qualifying as an Australian lawyer, Sheng worked for several years with another major Australian law firm in its corporate practice. His experience includes advising Chinese companies on offshore investments, cross-border transactions, China-related foreign investment and M&As across a range of industries.

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill has appointed Megat Hizaini Hassan as a partner to head Islamic finance within the financial services practice group, effective January 2011. Joining from another major law firm in Malaysia, Hassan is an alumnus of the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) and holds LLM degrees from the University of Cambridge and Harvard Law School. He is well versed in Islamic banking and finance, as well as corporate legal and regulatory developments. He has advised local and international clients on issues pertaining to the legal and regulatory framework, as well as matters relating to applicable Shariah standards, for Islamic financial or investment transactions in Malaysia and abroad.


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