Ashurst has appointed Patrick Phua as a partner in its China practice. Phua has extensive experience in advising corporate and financial institutional clients in relation to derivatives and structured products. He joins from the Beijing office of Mallesons Stephen Jaques, where he was head of the derivatives, structured finance and banking practice in China.

Clyde & Co has appointed Lynia Lau as partner in the firm’s energy and infrastructure team in Hong Kong. Lau trained and qualified as a lawyer at Herbert Smith and joins the firm from Mallesons Stephen Jacques where she was special counsel and a key member of the energy resources and projects team in Hong Kong. Prior to working in private practice, she worked in senior management roles at Sinopec and BP Amoco in Hong Kong. Lau has more than 20 years of legal and commercial oil, gas, power, mining, clean energy and infrastructure experience with a strong focus on outbound investment work for major Chinese state-owned groups. She is a dual-qualified Hong Kong and UK solicitor and is fluent in Mandarin and English.

J Sagar Associates has appointed Pallavi Bedi as a retained partner. Before joining the firm, she had spent about four years with Mayer Brown International in London with a specific focus on project finance. She specialises in oil and gas, mining, renewable energy and project financing. In addition, she has also been involved with other infrastructure projects, such as airports and urban infrastructure. Bedi has advised on diverse energy projects, such as LNG projects, mining projects and upstream developments, including on production sharing contracts and joint operating agreements.

Simmons & Simmons has expanded its China practice with the appointment of Yongmei Evers Cai as a financial markets partner in the firm’s Beijing office. Cai was previously a partner at King & Wood Beijing. She has extensive experience advising international and Chinese institutions, and specialises in banking, cross-border finance, derivatives, debt capital markets and real estate finance work. Cai is a qualified PRC lawyer and was admitted to the Law Society of England and Wales in 2001.

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