Ashurst has announced the appointment of Carl Dunton as a partner in its Singapore office. Dunton joins the firm from his previous position at White & Case. He brings a wide spectrum of experience in financing transactions across the region from structured and secured lending to complex restructurings. His clients include major international banks and large Asian based conglomerates. Dunton is a recognised expert in the Asian restructuring sector and his notable deals include the restructuring of Asia Pulp and Paper’s Indonesian operating companies.

Minter Ellison has announced the appointment of Lynne Peach, who joins the firm as a partner. Peach has been a key adviser to the pharmaceutical, bio-tech and FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) sectors for more than 10 years, handling both contentious and non-contentious matters for national and multi-national clients. In the pharmaceuticals/life sciences/biotechnology area, her strong industry knowledge ranges from R&D agreements and commercialisation deals through to regulatory compliance, patent litigation and IP protection. Peach’s experience in the FMCG sector includes working with marketing and management teams on advertising and sponsorship strategies, clearing product performance claims, and enforcing and protecting trade marks and other rights. Prior to joining Minter Ellison, Peach was at Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

Simmons & Simmons has announced the appointment of ICT partner Damien Bailey. Bailey joins the firm from Minter Ellison where he was Head of TMT for Greater China. He will be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Bailey specialises in information and communication technology (ICT). He focuses on telecoms and IT agreements, outsourcing and M&A and private equity work in the TMT sector. Admitted as a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW Australia and a solicitor in Hong Kong, Bailey has experience in advising a wide range of corporates and financial institutions throughout Asia.

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