Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow, the Singapore member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, has further strengthened its corporate and M&A offering with the appointment of Min-tze Lean as principal. He joined the firm on 2 April 2015 from Morgan Lewis Stamford. With more than 17 years of experience, Lean advises on M&As, joint ventures, corporate advisory and compliance work, insolvency and restructuring, employment and competition law. He has a solid track record of advising on public company takeovers and represents SGX-listed companies in their acquisitions and disposals of assets, as well as placements and reverse takeovers. Lean has acted on some of the largest and most complex M&A transactions in the Singapore market, including significant contested takeovers. In his insolvency and restructuring work, he advises on distressed asset sales and sale processes, as well as the corporate aspects of debt restructuring exercises and investment recovery situations. Lean also represents private equity and strategic acquirers of businesses and assets in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia as part of his corporate/commercial practice.

Hogan Lovells has added Nicky Lester and Tim Lester as partners who will be joining on July 2015 to co-lead the firm’s launch of an Australian presence. Nicky will spearhead the banking and finance practice whilst Tim will spearhead a corporate finance practice, with a particularly strong focus on the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. The Australian operations will be run from both Perth and Sydney. They both will be joining from Allens where Nicky has been the practice group leader for banking and finance. Tim Lester is a partner in the corporate finance practice. He jointly led that practice in Perth and has, to date, been Allens’ Japan sector lead. He has broad corporate and financing experience, specializing in large transactions and projects (both M&A and private equity), predominantly in the energy and natural resources sectors, and is fluent in Japanese. Tim is a former office managing partner of the Hogan Lovells’ Tokyo office. Nicky and Tim are widely recognized for their high quality, international outlook and ambition. They have led some of the largest and most complex transactions completed in Australia and regionally over recent years.

Norton Rose Fulbright has added experienced insurance lawyer Mark Attard as a partner in Melbourne. He was made a partner of Ebsworth & Ebsworth in 1997, which became Monahan & Rowell and more recently merged with Colin Biggers & Paisley. Attard is a highly experienced insurance litigator with strong knowledge of professional indemnity insurance, having acted for Australian and London market insurers and coverholders across a range of industries, including construction, professional services, real estate and IT. He has also been a regular contributor for over a decade to The Law Handbook, a plain English guide to the law in Victoria published annually, writing and editing its chapters on insurance and domestic building and renovation.

Norton Rose Fulbright has also bolstered its Indonesian corporate team with the addition of experienced Indonesian corporate and commercial lawyer Benny Bernarto as a partner in Australia who will be based in Jakarta with the firm’s associate office, Susandarini & Partners. Bernarto was formerly a partner at Indonesian law firm Makarim & Taira S, which he joined in 1997. He is a corporate and commercial lawyer with a focus on foreign investment, M&A’s, infrastructure, energy and natural resources. Bernarto has extensive experience in infrastructure and power projects and the associated project financing. He has advised on several coal-fired power plants, as well as geothermal and hydropower projects.

Rajah & Tann Singapore has added Tan Chuan Thye SC as a partner in the Appeals and Issues Practice with effect from 1 April 2015. Tan has a broad commercial, corporate and financial dispute resolution practice as lead counsel in various court and arbitration proceedings. Apart from his work as lead counsel, Tan has sat on a number of arbitration proceedings, both as sole arbitrator and as part of a tribunal. He is on the panel of arbitrators of the ICC, the SIAC and the KLRAC. He is also a fellow of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Singapore. Tan sits on various committees of the Singapore Academy of Law, serves as a member of disciplinary tribunals established under the Singapore Legal Profession Act, and he is on the LASCO panel for counsel for capital case proceedings. He also has contributed to various legal publications in Singapore.

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