Clyde & Co has added two partners in the Asia Pacific region, continuing the regional growth trajectory of the firm. Kon Nakousis joins in Sydney as a construction partner, arriving from Minter Ellison and adding additional sector strength to the firm’s Australian infrastructure practice. He advises both principal and contractor clients across the construction and engineering sectors, covering front and back-end construction, commercial matters and dispute resolution. On the other hand, Justin Tan arrives into the firm’s Singapore office as a corporate partner. He joins from Singaporean firm Rodyk & Davidson and was previously with Allen & Overy for seven years in Singapore, Tokyo and Shanghai. Tan has a pan-Asia practice; extensive experience in Singapore and other South East Asian countries, China and Japan (having lived in all of these jurisdictions). His focus and experience is centered around M&A, commercial and projects, with particular expertise across the industrials, energy, infrastructure, real estate and chemicals sectors.

Norton Rose Fulbright has hired the Hong Kong Dispute Resolution team of law firm Fried Frank. The team, led by partner Alfred Wu and composed of a senior consultant and three associates, will be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office. The team’s practice focuses on construction disputes, general commercial disputes and contentious regulatory issues. Wu has experience on an extensive range of general commercial litigation and arbitration. He also has a special focus on contentious and non-contentious construction matters and has represented government departments, statutory bodies, employers, engineers, architects, contractors and subcontractors in construction-related criminal investigations and prosecutions. Another focus of his practice is the representation of corporate clients and financial institutions on numerous investigations and regulatory actions/prosecutions by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, HKSE, Financial Reporting Council and Companies Registry. On the international front, he has assisted US firms and US issuers in the region in undertaking internal control reviews and FCPA and SEC-related investigations.

Paul Hastings has added prominent private equity and M&A lawyers Douglas Freeman and Victor Chen as partners in the corporate practice, based in Hong Kong. They are recognized for guiding clients to success in significant transactions, with a focus on Asian cross-border deals. They join from Fried Frank, where they were partners and where Freeman led the Asia practice. Freeman represents public and private companies, private equity firms, and investment banking firms in connection with M&As, public offerings, leverage buyouts and other corporate transactions across a range of industries. His M&A practice focuses on cross-border mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and other business combination transactions. Freeman also has broad experience in leveraged buyouts, listed company transactions and hostile or contested control transactions. Moreover, he has been active in a number of going-private transactions involving China-based companies listed in the US. On the other hand, Chen represents private equity sponsors, multinational corporations and institutional investors in their M&A transactions and investments, with a particular focus on Asia cross-border deals. He has extensive experience advising private equity, venture and institutional investors in their Greater China and US transactions, including public and private M&As, securities offerings and financings, PIPEs and auctions in a wide variety of industries. Chen’s practice also involves all aspects of corporate advisory work. He has been active in a number of going-private transactions and has advised founders, special committees, private equity sponsors and financial advisors in these transactions.

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