Jones Day has announced the appointment of Philip Hoser, who joins the firm as partner is its Sydney office. Earlier in his career, Hoser practiced as a barrister in London, and he now joins Jones Day from Australian law firm Freehills where he was a commercial litigation partner and headed up that firm’s restructuring and insolvency practice. Owing to market conditions, Jones Day anticipates continued levels of litigation and restructuring activity and believes that Hoser’s appointment will strengthen the firm’s ability to service its clients in these areas.

Watson, Farley & Williams has appointed Josh Clarke as partner in its International Project & Structured Finance Group. Joining the firm’s Singapore office from Norton Rose LLP, Clarke has accumulated five years of experience in Asia where he has advised lenders and borrowers on more than one hundred cross-border financings. His in-depth experience in cross-border finance includes advising on syndicated and secured bank financings with a particular focus on structured trade, export credit agency-backed, project and leveraged acquisition financings.

Stephen Jiew has joined Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill as a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. Jiew brings extensive IP and commercial law experience to the firm, having practiced in these areas exclusively since 1996 across the Japanese, Singaporean and Malaysian legal markets. With previous in-house experience, including a role as the regional IP counsel for a leading global FMCG company based in Singapore, Jiew’s industry experience includes managing the IP aspects of a product innovation pipeline from development to launch. A qualified patent agent, he has a particular interest in the high technology industries. Jiew has engineered anti-counterfeiting programs to combat piracy for trade mark owners of supermarket fame and is experienced in orchestrating appropriate local enforcement measures in alignment with clients’ corporate IP agendas.

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