Blake Dawson has appointed Jason Lambeth as a partner in its corporate practice in Sydney. Lambeth brings his extensive experience in regulated M&A after working on a broad range of commercial and corporate matters, including listed company takeovers, Takeover Panel proceedings, acquisitions and disposals of private companies and businesses, joint ventures and corporate governance matters. Since 2007, he has been a partner at Gilbert & Tobin, where he worked on significant transactions, including GrainCorp’s proposed merger with AWB and Westpac Banking Corporation’s A$47 billion (US$46.9b) merger with St George Bank, as well as advising on matters involving Pacific Equity Partners, the Lion Group and the Photon Group.

Clifford Chance has expanded its China litigation and arbitration team with the appointment of Ann Chen, a senior IP lawyer and patent attorney who joins the firm in Shanghai. Chen practices IP law, with an emphasis on patent procurement and global IP strategy, and has more than seven years of legal experience in the life sciences industry with an international law firm. Her clients range from large pharmaceutical companies to universities, research institutions and small biotech start-ups.

Jones Day has bolstered its energy practice with the appointment of Ben McQuhae as partner in its Hong Kong office. McQuhae, who has been based in Hong Kong since 2001, comes from the Hong Kong office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP where he was a partner in that firm’s energy practice. His practice includes the representation of national and international oil companies, as well as investment banks, private equity interests and investor groups in the oil and gas sector. He has counseled clients in all types of energy transactions, including M&As, development projects, upstream and acquisition financing transactions. Prior to moving to Asia in 2001, he worked with a large international law firm in London. McQuhae also worked on secondment in Jakarta with an international oil company in 2007. He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

K&L Gates LLP has added Brian J Wesol to the firm’s corporate practice as partner. Having practiced in the US and Southeast Asia for nearly two decades, Wesol has extensive experience advising corporate and government issuers and underwriters in capital markets transactions, as well as representing companies and investors on both domestic and inbound bank financings, acquisitions, joint ventures, and corporate restructurings. In addition to his work with clients in Southeast and South Asia, he has also counseled clients based throughout Europe and the US. Wesol, who joins the firm from Jones Day, has been the lead lawyer on corporate finance transactions involving securities offerings and bank loans that have raised more than US$4.5 billion in financing for corporate clients in Asia.

Joseph Chan is set to join Sidley Austin LLP this month as a partner in its Shanghai office. Chan’s practice encompasses the full life cycle of private equity funds, from offshore and RMB fund formation and portfolio investments to M&A and capital markets. He has represented strategic buyers, funds, portfolio companies and investment banks in a variety of financings and acquisitions. He received his JD from George Washington University Law School, his BS Econ from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Chan is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

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