Allen & Overy has announced the appointments of Lock Yin Mei and Kenny Kwan as partners in its Singapore office. Both lawyers have joined the international firm from Singapore firm Venture Law LLC, and are highly regarded in the capital markets and corporate arena. The announcement coincides with Allen & Overy commencing operations as a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice in Singapore, having received approval from the Singapore Ministry of Law.

FoxMandal Little (FML) has welcomed Vinay D. Dwarkadas to the firm as a partner in its Intellectual Property practice. With over sixteen years of experience in legal practice, Dwarkadas joins India’s oldest and largest full service law firm as a qualified Advocate and registered Patent Agent with the Government of India, a Trade Mark Attorney and a founding member of M/s. Khaitan & Co.’s IP Practice in Mumbai. Dwarkadas is a qualified lawyer from the Government Law College in Mumbai and is experienced in all aspects of contentious and non contentious trade mark and copyright related matters. He has specialised in intellectual property for the past nine years.

Gide Loyrette Nouel (GLN) has announced the appointment of banking and finance specialist Balbir Bindra to assist in both leading the GLN Asia Banking & Finance Group and launching the firm’s Hong Kong and English law capabilities. Joining the firm from Sidley Austin, Bindra’s expertise includes acting for financial institutions on infrastructure-related finance projects, syndicated loans, structured note programs and securitisations of different asset classes throughout the Asian region. He advises arrangers, issuers, investors and swap providers on a broad range of banking, capital markets, securitisations and structured finance matters, and has recently worked on commercial property-based structured lending in the PRC and debt and debt/equity capital raising in India. Bindra has been acknowledged as a leading player in the capital markets space and for his experience in structured finance and securitisation.

Norton Rose Hong Kong has announced that Camille Jojo will be joining the practice as head of the Hong Kong Dispute Resolution team. Having worked as a litigation partner in Hong Kong for over 20 years, Jojo joins the firm from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert where he was engaged as managing partner, running BLG’s Hong Kong office since 1995. Norton Rose hopes the appointment will assist in growing its dispute resolution practice in Hong Kong. Jojo is experienced in corporate and commercial disputes, extending to family company/shareholder disputes, insolvency and probate disputes.

Vinson & Elkins LLP has announced that global corporate lawyer Rindala Beydoun has rejoined the firm as a partner in its Dubai office. Previously engaged as Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins’ Middle East offices, Beydoun specializes in cross-border and domestic mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, real estate development and asset purchases, and has been acknowledged as a leading Corporate/Commercial lawyer in the United Arab Emirates in recent years. A former board member and executive vice president of the American Business Counsel of Dubai and the Northern Emirates, Beydoun is fluent in Arabic, English and French. Having graduated from Duke University School of Law, she has practised in the UAE for over ten years and advised clients on matters in numerous countries including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen.

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