Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has appointed Johnny C Chiu as partner. Chiu will be jointly based out of the firm’s Washington DC and Hong Kong offices, where he will work alongside the firm’s ITC practice chair Alexander Hadjis and intellectual property practice group chair Christopher Hughes. He has extensive experience representing technology companies in Taiwan and China in IP litigation matters before the International Trade Commission and in US federal and state courts. Raised in Taiwan and legally trained in both Taiwan and the US, Chiu is fluent in Taiwanese and Mandarin Chinese. He formerly served as US chief legal officer for one of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers based in Taiwan which provided him with a unique perspective needed to counsel clients on a strategic business level. Chiu received his LLB from Fu Jen Catholic University, his LLM from American University, Washington College of Law and his JD from Tulane University School of Law. He joins from Morrison & Forester where he was a partner.

Clayton Utz has added one of the Asia Pacific’s leading real estate lawyers, Simon Taskunas, as a partner in the firm’s national real estate team. Taskunas will be based in Perth where he worked before relocating to Singapore eight years ago. In Singapore, he led the real estate team at Herbert Smith Freehills. He specialises in multidisciplinary real estate sector work for an Asia Pacific client base that includes institutional fund managers and sovereign, listed and unlisted investors. Taskunas is experienced in structuring and investments, M&A, joint ventures, leasing, finance and property developments across all property classes, including commercial office, retail, industrial and logistics, hospitality and high-end residential in Australia and across Asia. He also has significant experience working on the project delivery side of major infrastructure and resources projects throughout Asia and previously in Perth.

Hogan Lovells has added Bronwen May as a partner in the international debt capital markets team in the firm’s Hong Kong finance practice. Bronwen joined on 15 September 2014 from O’Melveny & Myers where she was Head of Derivatives (Asia) and advises on the full range of derivatives, including fixed income, equity, credit, fund-linked and commodity (OTC and exchange traded) products as well as structured products (including warrants), and also on the legal and regulatory implications of these transactions. High profile clients she has advised include Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and a major Chinese investment bank.

Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed highly experienced banking and finance lawyer Dale Rayner as a partner in Australia. Rayner has worked in Australia, Hong Kong and London in top-tier private practice firms, as well as senior in-house roles in leading global banks. His current practice includes aviation finance, asset finance, structured finance, debt capital markets and general banking and finance. He is also one of Australia’s best legal practitioners in derivatives. Most recently at Clifford Chance in Sydney, Rayner began his career at Minter Ellison in Brisbane. He then moved to Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) in Sydney, Allen & Overy (Hong Kong), Société Générale (Hong Kong and London) and HSBC (Hong Kong) before returning to Australia. He is admitted to practice in Hong Kong and Australia.

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