Advocatus Law has appointed Suresh Nair as a partner of the firm effective 1 January 2016. Nair joins from Straits Law Practice where he served as head of litigation after 17 years at Allen & Gledhill. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a commercial litigator. In addition to banking litigation work, Nair’s practice includes international arbitration, insolvency, shareholders’ disputes, claims for fraud and breaches of fiduciary duties, employment and property disputes and general commercial claims.

DLA Piper has appointed Ben Gillespie as head of corporate for the Middle East. He joins the firm’s Dubai office as a partner effective 1 January 2016. Gillespie specialises in regional and international M&As, joint ventures and private equity investments across a wide range of sectors. Having worked in the Middle East for ten years, most recently as a partner for Addleshaw Goddard and, prior to that, Clyde & Co, he has an established reputation advising multinational corporations, private equity firms, regional heavyweights and family offices on a wide variety of corporate transactions.

Eversheds has appointed Jae Lemin as a partner in the banking and finance team. Previously at Herbert Smith Freehills, Jae has worked with a number of corporates and commercial banks throughout Asia-Pacific, South America and Africa on a wide range of projects, including acquisition financings, trade financings and corporate loans. He has also spent time on secondment at NAB’s Global Treasury Department in Melbourne and Standard Chartered’s Wholesale Banking Group in Hong Kong. Jae has significant experience in renewable energy, having worked with the Energy Development Corp on the US$320 million financing of a 150 MW wind power plant in the Philippines.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has added Graham Lovett as a partner in its Dubai office. Previously head of Clifford Chance’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice for the Middle East, Lovett will continue handling litigation, arbitration and regulatory investigation matters. He has a broad-based practice that includes commercial litigation, international arbitration, investigations, as well as regulatory enforcement and compliance in the financial sector. He is well known as a leader in the Middle East legal market and has built an impressive reputation for disputes resolution in the Gulf region and beyond.

Ince & Co has added Balbir Bindra as a partner effective 4 January 2016. He is a banking and finance lawyer with broad experience in the energy, asset-based finance and investment sectors in senior roles, both in the private sector and as a partner at major international law firms. Bindra’s experience includes advising energy companies, financial institutions, investment funds and multilaterals on cross-border asset, project and structured finance transactions relating to energy, natural resources, transportation and industrial equipment. He also advises on structured debt capital markets and investment fund transactions, advising underwriters, issuers and investors on corporate bonds, convertibles, exchangeable bonds, repackagings and asset-backed products. Bindra joins from CEC North Star Energy Ltd, where he served as Executive Director, Legal Affairs. He was previously a partner in the Hong Kong offices of the Locke Lord and Sidley Austin and head of Sidley Austin’s International Finance Group Hong Kong.

Mayer Brown JSM has added Nicholas Chan as a partner in the Corporate & Securities team in Hong Kong effective 11 January 2016. He joins from Sidley Austin where he was a partner in the Corporate Finance group. Chan has extensive experience in corporate finance transactions, Hong Kong’s IPO market and other corporate finance products. He focuses on corporate finance transactions, including IPOs and general compliance work. He has experience acting for issuers and underwriters on listings on the HKSE. He has also advised listed companies on all types of transactional matters. Chan earned his Postgraduate Certificate in Laws from the University of Hong Kong, where he also received his Bachelor of Laws.

McDermott Will & Emery has appointed Michelle Y L Gon as a capital partner in its White-Collar & Securities Defense practice. She will work at the firm’s strategic ally, MWE China Law Offices, in Shanghai. Formerly a principal at Baker & McKenzie, she will join the regulatory and corporate compliance team in China. Widely recognized as one of the most experienced and well respected regulatory and compliance lawyers in China, Gon is joining a team with particular focus on anti-corruption, anti-competition, anti-monopoly and anti-fraud areas. She mainly covers China corporate, investment, distribution, regulatory and compliance from the perspectives of anti-bribery, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-unfair competition, anti-monopoly and anti-fraud matters. She is familiar with high-level business problems, having served as a former chief legal officer for a large NYSE and HKSE-listed high tech company headquartered in China and as international counsel of a large multinational corporation. Gon graduated from National Taiwan University with an LLB, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with an MCL, and from Case Western Reserve University with a JD. She was admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois in 1986. Gon also lectures from time to time at Tsing-Hua University’s renowned international EMBA programs, including TIEMBA on commercial and compliance laws for international transactions.

White & Case has continued to build its corporate/M&A practice in Asia with the addition of Catherine Tsang as a new partner in Hong Kong. She joins the firm’s Global M&A Practice. Tsang concentrates her practice on corporate transactions and capital markets, advising clients on equity capital markets deals, including Hong Kong Main Board and other capital markets fund raising transactions, as well as M&As. Fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, she also represents corporations on a variety of general corporate and commercial matters. Tsang joins from Paul Hastings, where she was a partner, and brings more than 15 years of experience in Hong Kong public M&A and equity capital markets, including Listing Rules, Takeovers Code and securities regulation.

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