Clyde & Co has expanded its Asia construction and projects team with the addition of Ian Cocking to the firm’s Hong Kong office early next year to head the China construction practice. Cocking, who joins from Minter Ellison in Hong Kong where he was a partner, focuses on major construction projects, including project documentation and commercial contracts, advice on contractual issues and strategies for construction projects, and dispute management and resolution. He is a former member of the Construction Industry Council Procurement Committee and a former chairman of the Society of Construction Law Hong Kong. He is also an accredited mediator with the HKIAC.

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill has bolstered its financial services practice with the appointment of Ong Eu Jin as partner on 1 December. Jin began his career in 1997 doing civil litigation and advisory work for multinational corporations, public listed companies and financial institutions. In 2002, he joined a regional investment banking group, where he headed one of its subsidiaries as COO and executive director. His seven-year stint there enabled him to gain in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in private debt securities, asset-backed securitisation and real estate investment trusts. Jin has written three finance bestsellers and has been a featured speaker at events organised by Bursa Malaysia, Securities Commission Malaysia and the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia. He holds a Master of Laws in International Banking and Finance from University College London and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.

Minter Ellison has strengthened its tax practice with the addition of David Pratley as a partner. He joined the firm from Corrs Chambers Westgarth. An income and capital gains tax specialist, Pratley’s focus is corporate and international tax, M&As, corporate reorganisations, debt and equity capital raisings and cross-border investment. His clients include major Australian and multinational corporations in the financial services, real estate, private equity, energy and resources sectors. He has also handled large scale ATO audits and disputes for clients. Pratley has more than 16 years’ tax experience, including seven with Ernst & Young’s international tax division in Sydney and New York. In addition to his legal qualifications, he is a qualified chartered accountant.

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