Allens Arthur Robinson has appointed former Clifford Chance lawyer Debra Counsell as a special counsel in the firm’s Melbourne office. Before joining the firm, Counsell was part of the Projects Energy and Infrastructure Group at Clifford Chance in Paris where she worked on an extensive variety of projects and project financings in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to that, she worked in Vietnam in what is now the firm’s Hanoi office. She will be based in Melbourne, working primarily in the energy and resources practice group.

Baker & McKenzie has appointed Yunlong Gao as partner in the Asia Pacific US securities group based in Beijing and Roy Weitzman as partner in the major projects group based in Melbourne effective 1 July 2011. Prior to joining the firm, Gao was with Shearman & Sterling where he was part of its capital markets group. He focuses his practice on corporate finance, US capital markets and corporate governance. He has extensive experience in representing Chinese companies in their international offerings and offshore listings. Gao also advises US public-listed companies and their boards on corporate governance and securities regulatory matters. Weitzman was formerly a partner in the banking and finance group at Corrs Chambers Westgarth. He is an experienced project finance and projects lawyer, specialising in public private partnerships, particularly those delivering social infrastructure. Gao and Weitzman’s appointments came simultaneously with the internal promotion of 19 lawyers to partner level, spanning a wide range of practices across the Asia Pacific.

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