Ashurst has added Joshua Cole as a Hong Kong-based partner in its corporate practice. He joins from the Hong Kong office of King & Wood Mallesons where he specialised in cross-border M&A and joint ventures. Cole has advised on a number of high profile international acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures across a number of industry sectors, including energy and resources, telecommunications and financial services. He started his career with Mallesons in Australia in 1996. He has worked principally on Asian M&A transactions since 2005 and permanently relocated to Hong Kong in 2010. Since then, Cole has been involved in a range of transactions in China and the greater Asia Pacific region. His clients have included Chinese SOEs, major regional players and Western corporations looking to expand in the region.

Bird & Bird has added John Shi and his team member Shan Lai as corporate partners in its Beijing office. Shi joins from DLA Piper, where he was chief representative. With over 18 years’ experience representing multinational companies in FDI, cross-border M&A and regulatory matters, he also has extensive experience in aviation, energy and Tech & Comms. On the other hand, Lai is an integral member of John’s team at DLA Piper and has many years of corporate practice in Australia and over seven years of on the ground experience working in Beijing. She has extensive experience in both inbound and outbound cross border transactions, specialising in representing foreign investors in China.

Locke Lord has expanded its global energy practice with the appointment of Jack Su as a partner in the Hong Kong office. Su has deep experience in the M&As of energy, power and infrastructure entities in Asia and has been involved in projects totalling more than US$5 billion. He also has a solid track record in representing oil and gas companies, power developers, water and wastewater developers, infrastructure companies and funds investing in natural resources and the infrastructure sector. Prior to joining the firm, Su was general counsel for LSE-listed Green Dragon Gas and Greka Drilling Ltd, based in Hong Kong. He completed his JD at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 1990 and has worked in Asia since 1991.

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has added Patrick Dahm as a partner in its litigation and dispute resolution and corporate practices with effect from 13 November 2015. He graduated from the University of Hamburg in 2001. After a stint as legal advisor with the German Embassy in Singapore and his pupillage, Dahm was admitted in 2006 and registered as a foreign lawyer in Singapore in 2008. In 2014, he was registered as a foreign practitioner admitted to practise Singapore law. Dahm is currently the only foreign practitioner admitted to practise both German and Singapore law. His practice areas encompass corporate commercial, commercial arbitration, commercial and administrative litigation as well as corporate and commercial law. He has published professional articles and delivered speeches and lectures on a variety of subjects, most of them related to international arbitration, corporate commercial and internet law.

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has also further strengthened its corporate and capital markets practices with the appointment of Ow Kim Kit as partner with effect from 1 December 2015. Ow is a seasoned corporate and banking lawyer with many years of experience as in-house counsel in both public and private institutions. She was a senior legal counsel at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) from 2004 to 2007, during which she was involved in the development and drafting of Singapore’s banking laws and regulations. She went on to lead a team at MAS responsible for the development of the wealth management, intermediaries and trust industry in Singapore from 2013 to 2015. In banking, Ow served as in-house counsel at Scotiabank and Credit Suisse. She was also appointed as Asian regional director of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration and ICC Dispute Resolution Services in December 2009. In that role, she was responsible for promoting ICC’s dispute resolution services throughout South and East Asia and Australasia. She was then appointed as managing director of the ICC Academy and was responsible for setting up its operations and e-learning platform.

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