Howse Williams Bowers has added Stacey Devoy as a partner in the family and matrimonial practice and Alison Scott as a partner in the dispute resolution practice. Devoy joins from Withers London and Hong Kong. Her practice deals with all issues confronting families when new relationships are formed or when relationships breakdown, including marital agreements, separation, divorce, custody and access disputes, international relocation of children and all financial arrangements. She is particularly known for her skilled handling of complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and cases involving substantial wealth, offshore assets or trust structures. Scott previously worked as a partner with the firm’s senior partner Chris Howse at Richards Butler in Hong Kong. She returned to England in 1998 where she has been working for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals as a Tribunal Judge and the Welsh Assembly in Wales as a legally qualified chairperson.

K&L Gates has added Frank Voon as a partner in its corporate/M&A practice. He joins from Allen & Overy. Voon has extensive experience in cross-border M&A, corporate reorganisations, and joint ventures. He has been advising foreign entities investing in China for more than a decade and actively advises Chinese companies on their outbound investments. Voon worked in Australia and Singapore prior to moving to China in 2004.

Latham & Watkins has added David Blumental as a partner in the firm’s corporate department. Blumental’s practice spans cross-border mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, project development and financing, and private equity investments focusing on oil and gas, LNG, infrastructure and mining. He advises clients on cross-border energy and natural resources transactions in China, North and South America, Africa, Russia and the CIS, Southeast Asia and Australia. In addition, Blumental regularly advises on cross-border litigation, arbitration, compliance and corporate governance matters. He will be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office, and he will spend significant time in the firm’s Beijing and Shanghai offices. He joins from Vinson & Elkins in Hong Kong.


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