Clyde & Co has added to its Southeast Asia construction team with the appointment of Jon Howes as joint head of APAC infrastructure and Sean Hardy as a partner of Clyde & Co Clasis in Singapore. These appointments are part of the firm’s strategic objective to capitalise on the growth potential of the construction sector in Asia. Both join from Pinsent Masons MPillay. Howes specialises in domestic and international arbitrations, mediation, adjudication and expert determination. He also has considerable experience of professional negligence actions for and against professionals in the construction industry. Hardy is an arbitration specialist with a focus on the infrastructure, construction and energy sectors. He has advised on major projects in the Asia Pacific region, including power stations, jack up rigs, pipelines, ports, petrochemical and water treatment plants, tunnels, railways, roads and airports.
Duane Morris has added Nguyen Thi Lang as a partner in the corporate practice group of the firm’s Ho Chi Minh City office. Joining as a partner from Frasers Law, Lang is one of the first Vietnamese nationals to be named partner in a foreign law firm. For the past 20 years, she has been focusing on all aspects of corporate and commercial matters, with an emphasis on M&A, cross-border investment, real estate, pharmaceutical, commercial and infrastructure projects. She has advised a wide variety of multinational businesses from all parts of the world, counselling many leading foreign and local investors in Vietnam. Lang has lectured on a wide range of subjects, including corporate governance, investment, commercial, competition and anti-corruption law. She has written extensively on foreign investment in Vietnam and, in particular, on BOT contracts.