Clyde & Co has added insurance and cybersecurity practitioner John Moran as a partner, based in Sydney. Moran moved to Australia in 2012, having practiced in London and Dublin, where he specialised in contentious insurance. He is admitted in New South Wales, Ireland, England and Wales. He was made a partner at his former firm in May 2016. Moran’s practice encompasses cybersecurity and IT liability, professional indemnity, financial institutions and directors and officers. He was responsible for the establishment of the data breach incident response practice at his former firm, and is considered by many in the market to be a pioneer in this area. In addition to his insurance work, Moran has also shown leadership in initiatives, such as diversity and inclusion, technology and innovation and graduate recruitment. He was responsible for the implementation of several successful client-facing, technology-driven efficiency projects at his previous firm, where he also sat on the innovation committee.

DR & AJU has added heft to its antitrust team this month with the addition of Dong Eon Cha from Yoon & Yang. After joining Yoon & Yang in 2011, Cha handled several prominent cases, such as successfully defending a federation of Korean industries vice-chair against corruption charges related to former President Park Geun Hye’s impeachment trial. He is also a scholar, having written the textbook “Criminal Evidence Law” (2007) and co-authored the Korea chapter in “The Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review” (2016). Prior to entering legal practice, he served as a public prosecutor for 20 years, gaining a reputation for swift, untainted investigations of alleged misdeeds by conglomerates.

K&L Gates has continued to bolster its energy, infrastructure and resources practice with the addition of Owen Chio as a partner in the Taipei office. Chio joins from KPMG Law, where he was a global co-leader of the compliance practice. His experience includes advising on cross-border M&As, investments and related corporate/official approvals, as well as on general corporate and commercial matters and compliance issues. He has been involved in some of the most significant deals for major multinational corporations and state-owned enterprises in Taiwan, and has substantial experience acting for MNCs on a long-term basis in post-acquisition/investment corporate commercial matters.

Simmons & Simmons has added Lee Irvine as a capital markets partner in its Dubai office. Previously counsel at Latham & Watkins, Lee has extensive experience in advising sovereigns, quasi-sovereigns, financial institutions and public and private companies on all aspects of conventional and Islamic debt capital markets, equity capital markets and liability management. He has been in the Gulf for over ten years, and his clients include sovereigns, quasi-sovereigns, financial institutions and public and private companies.

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