Dechert has added to its global litigation group with the hire of Maria Sit as partner in its Hong Kong office. She has extensive experience advising on regulatory investigations and enforcement as well as complex civil litigation and arbitration, and has previously served as an in-house counsel at the Securities and Futures Commission.
Yoon & Yang has hired former chief prosecutor of Daejeon High Prosecutors’ Office, Sungwook Cho, as a managing partner. He joins the firm’s corporate criminal investigations and white-collar criminal defence team in Seoul after serving important roles at various prosecutors’ offices in Korea for 25 years. During his tenure at the prosecutorial service, Cho served in various positions, including chief prosecutor of Seoul Western District Prosecutors’ Office, chief prosecutor of Gwangju High Prosecutors’ Office, a senior prosecutor of the criminal department at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office and other prosecutors’ offices. He also performed a central role in prosecutorial administration during his tenure as secretary to the president for civil affairs and assistant minister for planning and coordination at the Ministry of Justice of Korea. Cho also has a broad background and experience working in government and legislative bodies in Korea. In 2007, he served as director general for legal affairs at the Korea Independent Commission against Corruption (current Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission). In addition, from 1998 to 2000, he served as deputy director general for legislation at the National Assembly of Korea.