Bird & Bird has added Anan Sivanathan as a partner in the IP group, based in Singapore. Sivanathan joins from Creative Technology, where he was associate vice president and head of the global legal team. He has worked at Creative since 2000, initially as director of legal services and subsequently promoted to associate vice president in 2007. His particular experience lies in patent litigation, anti-counterfeiting and IP management and monetisation, as well as trademark litigation and other high value IP dispute resolution matters in many countries. He has also handled many commercial disputes. Prior to working at Creative, Sivanathan was an IP litigation associate and subsequently a partner at Drew & Napier. He originally trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1991. He returned to Singapore and was called to the Singapore Bar in 1992.
K&L Gates has strengthened its corporate and transactional team with the appointment of Matthew Cridland as a partner in the Sydney office. Joining from DLA Piper, Cridland has over 17 years of experience working as an indirect tax lawyer in Australia, with a focus on complex goods and services tax matters. He also advises on customs and state tax matters, including stamp duty, payroll tax and land tax. His experience encompasses advising clients across a wide range of sectors, such as real estate, financial services, corporate (including M&A, IPO and other securities transactions), energy and resources, infrastructure (including PPP and joint ventures), government, telecommunications and retail.
Wong & Partners, the member firm of Baker & McKenzie International in Malaysia, has strengthened its projects practice with the addition of Lim Siaw Wan as a partner in the finance and projects practice. Lim was formerly a partner in the construction and projects department of Christopher & Lee Ong.