Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP has appointed Matthew Durham, previously of Simmons & Simmons, as a senior consultant in the firm’s China corporate commercial group in Shanghai. Having worked in China for over 10 years now, Durham has extensive experience in general commercial and corporate transactional work, with a particular interest in various aspects of employment and labour law issues in China. He has advised clients across a diverse range of sectors and has also advised on FDIs, M&As, reorganisations and joint ventures.

Eversheds LLP has expanded its litigation team in Hong Kong with the appointment of commercial dispute resolution specialist Mark Yeadon as partner. Having worked for 22 years at Slaughter and May in the firm’s London and Hong Kong offices, Yeadon has extensive experience in advising major companies and institutions throughout Asia in relation to regulatory investigations and in respect of resolving a wide range of disputes.

Maples and Calder has strengthened its BVI team with the appointment of Michael Gagie as a partner in its Hong Kong office. Gagie, who will co-lead the firm’s BVI practice in Asia alongside Barry Mitchell, has spent a number of years working and living in the BVI and has developed an in-depth knowledge of the jurisdiction. Christine Chang, joint managing partner of Maples and Calder in Hong Kong, said of the appointment, “his arrival could not have come at a better time as the market prepares for the first listings of BVI-incorporated companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.” Gagie, whose areas of practice include corporate, banking, structured finance and commercial law, joins the firm from Harney Westwood & Riegels, where he previously led that firm’s Hong Kong office.

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP has made a significant hire with the addition of Steven Winegar, formerly managing director and senior counsel with Goldman Sachs, as partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office. During his 12-year career with Goldman Sachs, Winegar worked in both New York and Hong Kong. He has been in Hong Kong since 2005, where he led the legal coverage team for investment banking, capital markets and principal investment areas for Goldman Sachs. He has significant experience in equity and debt capital markets, private equity and M&A transactions across the region. Neil Torpey, chair of the firm’s office in Hong Kong, commented on the hire, “Steve is an exceptional talent and a highly regarded U.S. lawyer who brings with him a wealth of experience and contacts with many of the major global investment banks and private equity firms.”

Pinsent Masons’ Singapore joint legal venture – Pinsent Masons MPillay LLP – is set to add project finance specialist David Platt to its projects & construction and financial institutions groups. Platt, who joins as a partner from Shearman & Sterling, will work initially in London before transferring full-time to Singapore. He has considerable experience in handling both the project and finance aspects of project finance deals, along with deep knowledge of the region, and his experience of energy deals in the Asian market includes acting as a coverage partner for clients such as the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, the IFC and International Power plc.

WongPartnership LLP has bolstered its restructuring capabilities with the addition of Manoj Pillay Sandrasegara, who joins the firm as joint head of its restructuring practice. Specialising in corporate restructuring, Sandrasegara has over 15 years of practice advising both financial institutions and companies on a broad range of restructuring matters, and was recently involved in the investigation of government-linked marine engineering leader SembCorp Marine’s US$303 million unauthorised foreign exchange transactions.

Yulchon has strengthened its antitrust and litigation practices with the appointment of Soo Jin Kang as a partner. Kang served as public prosecutor from 1995 to 2004 and later worked at Logos Law LLC from 2005 to 2008. She commenced her role as a litigation officer at the Korea Fair Trade Commission in2008, where she supervised administrative litigation cases, including large cartel cases, abuses of market dominance, and business combination cases, until July 2010.


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