DLA Piper has appointed Horace Lam as partner to its intellectual property and technology group in Beijing. Lam will also fulfil the role of head of intellectual property, China. Lam joins the firm this October from Jones Day, also in Beijing, where he has been since 2011. Prior to 2011, he was at Hogan Lovells, where he was head of the China IP practice and where he was also the Beijing office managing partner. Lam practices both contentious and non-contentious IP work and has extensive experience representing multi-national companies on all IP issues in China, developing and executing IP strategies for Asian business, including pan-Asian protection strategies, cross-border IP litigation, infringement and enforcement. His practice also includes licensing, trademarks, copyrights, patents, confidential information, trade secrets, technology and know-how transfer and design rights.

Reed Smith has enhanced its South East Asia offering with the appointment of Charles Ball to its partnership. He will join the firm’s global energy and natural resources group, based in Singapore. Ball joins from Herbert Smith Freehills. With over 12 years of experience in Asia, based first in Tokyo and then for the last six years in Jakarta, he advises companies in the energy and natural resources sector on disputes, crisis management and compliance issues, with a primary focus on regulatory compliance and country risk issues. He has specific expertise providing support to companies operating in Indonesia. Ball is dual qualified in the US (New York and Massachusetts) and England and Wales and was admitted as an arbitrator to the Indonesian National Arbitration Board in 2010 (and has been a member since.) His clients include foreign oil and gas companies, oil and mining services and construction companies.

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