Baker & McKenzie has appointed Mathieu Hanaut as partner effective 1 August 2012. He joins the firm’s Sydney office from Jones Day and will continue to practice in resources and cross-border M&As. A French national with Australian citizenship, Hanaut is a commercial, resources and mining lawyer with 15 years’ experience in France and Australia. He has extensive experience advising foreign companies in the Australian and Pacific region and has developed a particular expertise regarding the New Caledonian nickel mining and resources projects. Appointed by France’s Prime Minister, Hanaut has been a French Foreign Trade Advisor in Australia since 2002.

HSA Advocates (formerly known as Hemant Sahai Associates) has further expanded its partnership with the appointment of Jagvir Singh effective 16 August 2012. Singh earlier worked with DSK Legal as partner, and at Fox Mandal Little. Prior to commencing his career as a lawyer, he worked with the Government of India as a Customs and Excise Officer for 13 years, during which time he earned his law degree from the University of Delhi and LLM degree from the University of London.

J Sagar Associates has appointed Nitin Banerjee as a retained partner. A projects lawyer qualified both in India and UK, Banerjee has significant energy, infrastructure and corporate commercial experience. He has a good mix of private practice and in-house experience in a number of legal and management roles and has worked on transactions in several countries across the globe. His expertise includes projects, M&A and disposals (including farm-in and upstream developments), governance and corporate commercial matters. Banerjee joins from the in-house legal team of BG Group plc UK where he was the senior lead counsel within the Africa, Middle East and Asia (AMEA) region. He has extensive experience on upstream, midstream (LNG) and downstream transactions.

Miller Canfield has expanded its China practice with the appointment of Yanping Wang as a principal and resident director of its Shanghai office. A native of China, Wang has been a Chinese lawyer and is licensed to practice in the US. She has extensive experience in corporate, customs protection, employment, foreign exchange, intellectual property and real estate law. Wang joins from another US-based firm where she was partner-in-charge of its Shanghai office and co-chair of its China group. She received her JD from the University of Kansas School of Law and LLM in civil and commercial law from Renmin University of China and an LLB in law with honors from the China University of Political Science and Law.

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