Covington & Burling has appointed Weishi Li as a partner to join its corporate team based in Shanghai (when that office opens.) Li’s practice covers a wide range of technology transactions and IP-related advice. A native Mandarin speaker, she has significant experience representing multinational and Chinese companies in structuring and negotiating cross-border IP and technology-related transactions. Li has represented numerous companies in the life sciences sector, focusing on licensing, strategic alliances and joint venture arrangements. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Peking University, a law degree from Harvard Law School and a doctorate degree in microbiology from Columbia University.

Mayer Brown JSM has appointed Nathan Dodd as a partner in the firm’s Singapore office where he will be a core member of the firm’s global projects group. Dodd has more than 13 years’ experience in the Asian legal market, with a particular emphasis on the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. His experience includes major project development transactions in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa. He joins from Linklaters, where he worked in London from 1997 until March 1999, when he transferred to Singapore.

Squire Sanders Australia has appointed Cris Cureton as a partner in the firm’s international dispute resolution practice. A prominent lawyer in the Northern Territory project and construction industry and one of Australia’s leading litigation lawyers, Cureton has worked on many major projects in the Northern Territory in the past two decades. Among these are the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway and the Darwin Waterfront Redevelopment as well as the Bonaparte Gas Pipeline. His areas of expertise include adjudication, arbitration and mediation; litigation and dispute resolution; projects and public private partnerships including aboriginal land, native title and sacred site agreements and clearances. Cureton established the Minter Ellison Darwin office as a founding partner in 2003.

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