Ashurst further enhances its oil and gas capabilities in the Asia-Pacific with the appointment of new partner Jon Ornolfsson who will be based in Singapore. He joins from the energy and projects team of Herbert Smith Freehills, having worked in its Singapore, Tokyo and Dubai offices. Ornolfsson has advised a significant number of major energy companies. His experience includes periods of client secondments to the legal teams of INPEX Corp in Tokyo and BP in Dubai. Ornolfsson is re-joining Ashurst, having previously trained and worked in the firm’s London and Milan offices from 2003 to 2007. He has a broad experience of large scale, cross-border energy and infrastructure matters. Ornolfsson focuses on M&A and project development in the oil & gas (including LNG), power and petrochemical sectors. He practiced in Tokyo for a number of years and has extensive experience advising Japanese clients on outbound energy deals.

DLA Piper has added Wayne Ma in its Asia real estate team as a partner in the Hong Kong and Shanghai office on 5 April 2016. Ma was previously a partner in Paul Hastings’ Shanghai office. Prior to moving to Asia, he practiced in New York. Ma has over a decade of experience in Asia with a practice that focuses on cross border real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions of various types of real property, joint ventures, limited recourse and secured financings, private equity and institutional investments and fund formation. He represents multi-national and Chinese investment banks, financial institutions and private equity funds in both inbound and outbound transactions across Asia, Europe and the US.



Simmons & Simmons has expanded its financial markets practice in Singapore with the appointment of Matthew Cox who joined on 1 April 2016 as a partner, subject to standard regulatory approvals and personal Singapore registration. He joins from Dentons’ Singapore office where he was managing partner and has accrued over 16 years’ experience, having spent his career at the firm in banking and finance. He has experience advising on a wide variety of structured trade products, including pre-export finance, advance payment structures, borrowing, supply chain finance, commodity repos and receivables financing. Cox has a particular focus on international structured trade and commodity finance and financings into emerging markets.

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