ATMD Bird & Bird has appointed Marcus Chow as partner in its corporate/commercial practice group. His practice focuses on M&A, private equity and equity and debt capital markets. Chow also advises on corporate governance and SGX-related matters, having worked with the SGX-ST in the issuers’ regulation department. He is highly experienced in regional cross border transactions in the Asian region. Chow graduated with an LLB from the National University of Singapore and an LLM from the University of Virginia. He is dual qualified in Singapore and New York.

ATMD Bird & Bird has also appointed Lorraine Tay as partner in their Singapore office. She joined from Baker & McKenzie. Tay has 15 years experience in intellectual property, focusing on trademarks, non-contentious and general IP advisory work. She has expertise in dealing with multi-jurisdictional trademark portfolios and complex cross-border IP issues and disputes, including oppositions and negotiations and in managing global due diligence.

Hill International has appointed Michael Symons as a director based in their Singapore office. A chartered civil engineer, he has a background in design processes and project management in the UK, Continental Europe, Africa and Asia. He also has detailed knowledge of building construction, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) installations, petrochemical works, process industries, steel fabrication, power plants and ship conversions. Symons is an experienced forensic delay analyst and has produced expert reports in the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and UAE. He has been a testifying expert in the last three of these locations. His experience includes the formulation of complex contractual and technical arguments, evaluation of quantum (time/cost) including loss of production / disruption claims, assessment of risks and liabilities for damages, general assessment of claims, tender and post contract risk analysis.

Jones Day has appointed Nick Taylor as partner in its Sydney office. Formerly a partner with Gilbert + Tobin, Taylor also served in government, reviewing mergers and asset sales for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). While the bulk of his work has been in his native Australia, he has also developed knowledge of many Asian competition regimes, including China (where he was seconded to King & Wood), India, Indonesia, Singapore, Korea, the Philippines, Pakistan and Vietnam. Since September 2009, Taylor has been working with the OECD as its representative on its joint venture with the Korean government, the OECD-Korea Regional Centre for Competition Law.

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