Bird & Bird has appointed Ken Cheung as partner in its corporate group in Singapore. He specialises in corporate, commercial and finance law, including cross-border transactions, foreign investment, joint ventures, M&As and private equity in the Asia-Pacific region. His practice is regional and is focused on South East Asia, in particular Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and, more recently, Myanmar. Cheung also has many years’ experience working in Australia and for Australian clients in the region. With a primary focus on the corporate energy sector in the Asia Pacific region, particularly renewables and clean energy, Cheung’s practice also encompasses the traditional mining and offshore oil and gas industries. He has a leading reputation in the renewable energy sector and advises many of the major players. He advises on the corporate and commercial aspects of investments and projects, including M&A advice, structuring, joint ventures, supply contracts and IP and technology issues. He also advises clients across a range of other sectors, including transport, insurance, IT and media. Cheung is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales, the High Court of Australia and New South Wales. He holds an LLB and a BEC from Macquarie University, Australia.

Minter Ellison has appointed Kevin Stewart as a partner effective 20 April 2015 in Perth as head of the Dispute Resolution practice in Western Australia. Stewart is regarded as one of Western Australia’s leading commercial litigators, with a track record of notable casework over more than 30 years, particularly in large mining, resources and energy, and infrastructure sector disputes for global and national resources and oil and gas companies. His dispute resolution experience includes running large and significant ICC and ICSID arbitrations in Australia and across the Asia Pacific for international and Asian-based clients. Stewart is a former partner of Lavan Legal where he was senior partner of Commercial Litigation. Before that, he was the founder and the principal of a leading boutique disputes firm Maxim Litigation Consultants. He holds a BJuris and LLB from the University of Western Australia.

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