Clyde & Co has boosted its oil & gas credentials in the MENA region with the addition of Richard Devine, an experienced energy partner who joins the firm’s corporate team. Devine has over 15 years’ experience in the oil & gas sector with a track record of working on frontier and first-of-their-kind projects, particularly upstream projects in the MENA region. He has extensive experience advising national and international oil companies, project sponsors and developers on Middle Eastern and international transactions. Devine advises on the entire spectrum of oil & gas matters. He has been based in Dubai for the past 10 years and has previously worked in London and Cairo. He joins from Baker Botts where he was a partner in the global projects group.

Herbert Smith Freehills has added William Ku as a debt capital markets partner in its Hong Kong office. He brings an understanding of, and relationships within, the Chinese securities markets – essential now that renminbi issues and China issuers are central to so many financial markets. Ku has already established an enviable reputation in the Hong Kong market. His skills and market knowledge will be valuable additions to the firm’s capital markets team in Asia and globally.

Jones Day has added Mark Crean as a partner in its Sydney office to lead the firm’s Australian M&A practice. He focuses on M&As and private equity. His recent work includes acting for Pepper Group on its ASX listing and the Macquarie Bank/Pepper Group consortium on its bid for GE’s consumer finance business. Crean has acted for incumbent organizations and new market players. He has served as head of Freehills corporate practice for six years, was chairman immediately prior to the 2012 merger of Freehills with Herbert Smith and was deputy senior partner of Herbert Smith Freehills. Crean was also seconded to real estate giant Lend Lease as general counsel in 2006. He brings a strong focus on finding solutions for clients, deep experience in key industries and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across disciplines and borders to deliver effective outcomes for clients.

Norton Rose Fulbright has added Anna L Gamvros as a technology and innovation partner in its Hong Kong office. With more than 10 years’ experience working as a lawyer in Hong Kong, she joins from Baker & McKenzie where she has been a partner since 2012. Gamvros is a market-leading lawyer in IT contracts and outsourcing, privacy and data protection, telecommunications and internet regulatory issues. She is also listed in Computerworld’s top 25 privacy experts and is co-author of ‘Internet Law in Hong Kong’ published by Sweet & Maxwell.

Stephenson Harwood has added George Cyriac as a partner in its corporate practice in Singapore. He joins from White & Case Singapore, where he was counsel in its M&As and private equity practice groups. Cyriac has extensive experience in cross-border corporate and private equity transactions, with a focus on Southeast Asia and South Asia. He has particular experience in Indonesia and India. In Indonesia, he has represented multinationals, private equity investors, leading Indonesian corporates and state-owned enterprises in a range of transactions in the plantations, infrastructure, mining, oil & gas, petrochemicals, financial services and consumer goods sectors. He has also advised on complex restructurings and workouts in Indonesia and on offshore investments and divestments. Dual qualified in New York and India, Cyriac has represented clients in structuring and executing their investments in India, divesting their holdings, restructuring their debt and equity holdings and in a broad range of other corporate transactions. He has also represented leading Indian corporates in overseas investments, divestments and fund raisings. Prior to joining the firm, Cyriac worked for over 12 years in Singapore and New York with leading international law firms and for over three years with a leading law firm in India.

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