Bryan Cave has expanded its Hong Kong presence with the appointment of Nigel Binnersley and Kristi Swartz as partners. Binnersley will practice with the firm’s commercial litigation client service group whilst Swartz will practice with the transactions client service group. Binnersley acts both in litigation and commercial matters, with an emphasis on international trade and carriage disputes involving commercial litigation in the courts and arbitration/mediation, conflict of law disputes, maritime, insurance, and asset finance. On the commercial side, he advises on joint ventures, foreign direct investment, setting up businesses in Hong Kong and China, shareholders agreements, employment advice, personal injury defense and claims work, and asset sale and purchase. Swartz specialises in M&A and private equity, as well as public companies and capital formation. She has a particular focus in corporate finance, Securities & Futures Commission of Hong Kong enquiries, licensing and enforcement, restructuring, joint ventures and HKSE enquiries.

Howse Williams Bowers has expanded its practice areas with the addition of banking and finance partner Jonathan Silver who joins from Norton Rose Fulbright’s Hong Kong office. He has particular experience in ship finance, project finance, aircraft finance, acquisition finance, structured trade and commodity finance and general banking. Silver works with major European, HK, PRC, US and other international banks, Asia-based export credit agencies, financial leasing companies, ship owners and operators, trading companies and shipyards. He is fluent in English and Mandarin and speaks conversational Cantonese.

K&L Gates has added Edward Nixey and Glenn Hughes to the firm’s Sydney office as partners in the corporate and transactional practice. They join from Ashurst and Henry Davis York, respectively. Nixey advises domestic and international clients on public/private M&A, equity capital markets, and securities regulation. He has extensive experience in a range of transactions, particularly in the resources and infrastructure sectors, including takeovers, schemes of arrangement, private treaty acquisitions and disposals, capital raisings, joint ventures, and private equity investments. Representing foreign investors, ASX-listed entities, and private equity managers, as well as receivers, managers, and administrators, whilst Hughes concentrates his practice on M&A with a particular focus on private equity. He has advised on numerous buy and sell side M&A deals, equity capital raisings, joint ventures, and restructuring transactions.

Sidley Austin added Nicholas Grambas to its project finance and infrastructure practice in Singapore. Grambas joins Sidley Austin from Gilbert + Tobin in Australia and became a partner with Sidley Austin on August 1st. With extensive experience acquired from a career as an investment banker and a lawyer, he brings to the table an international track record which has seen him work in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.

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