Bird & Bird has recruited Shirley Kwok from Vivien Chan & Co to help build its IP capabilities across Asia. Kwok’s appointment follows a tide of recent expansion for the firm in Asia, with the appointment of a team of dispute resolution and commercial lawyers. She brings over 20 years of IP experience, primarily focusing on China since the market opened up in the 1980s. Kwok will become head of IP portfolio management operations in Hong Kong and China at Bird & Bird and will play a key role in the international development of the firm’s IP activities.

Alban Tay Mahtani & de Silva has appointed Nevin Carmichael to its in-house patent attorney team in Singapore. Carmichael has more than 12 years of extensive international intellectual property experience, and technical qualifications in electrical engineering. His technical expertise includes patent preparation and prosecution includes a broad spectrum of technologies relating to biomedical, computing, mechanical, semiconductor, telecommunication, electrical, and electronic technologies. His previous experience includes inhouse positions with Motorola and positions in international patent firms in the US, Australia, UK and Singapore.

DLA Piper has appointed leading corporate law specialist, Jim Chapman, to continue to grow DLA Piper’s mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and foreign direct investment offering in Asia. Chapman is a former Partner and Head of the Commercial Department of a leading Hong Kong law firm. Chapman, who will be based in Hong Kong, has twenty years experience of practice in Hong Kong and has an extensive track record in mergers and acquisitions including cross border and private equity transactions. He is the former Honorary Legal Advisor to three British Consuls General in Hong Kong (Sir Andrew Burns, Sir James Hodge and Mr Stephen Bradley).

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