AWA Asia, the Asian arm of European intellectual property firm Awapatent, has added Charlie Liu as a new partner in Hong Kong. Liu has been advising clients on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights for over 15 years. His practice focuses on trademark portfolio management, including searches, applications, oppositions, reviews and administrative appeals in China. He assists MNCs and leading local companies from diverse industry sectors in enforcing trademark rights through customs, administrative and court actions. Liu was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2003. Before joining the firm, he was partner at a local tier one firm and, before that, he served as an in-house counsel at a leading Hong Kong telecommunication group, primarily for its media business.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has added Bharat Vasani as a corporate partner, to be based out of Mumbai. Vasani was previously the legal adviser to Tata Group Chairman and, earlier, chief legal and group general counsel of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group. He has over 30 years of experience at senior management level, and has built and managed the in-house legal departments of large multinationals. Vasani has been at the helm of and steered several large key M&A transactions pursued by the Tata Group in the last 17 years. His areas of specialisation include company law, corporate and commercial laws, securities law, capital market transactions, M&As, JVs, competition law, employment law and property matters. His contribution to the legal fraternity has been recognised by the Harvard Law School’s Award for Professional Excellence 2016. He is presently the chairman of the Legal Affairs and IPR Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a member of CII’s Regulatory Affairs Committee.

HSA Advocates has added Rajdeep Choudhury as partner in the New Delhi office to further strengthen its disputes resolution, projects, infrastructure and energy, and projects-related claims and disputes management. Choudhury has 17 years of experience in advising engineering, procurement and construction contractors, operation and maintenance contractors, and the universe of other project stakeholders on disputes arising in infrastructure, construction, mining and energy projects. He represents clients before dispute adjudication boards, ad-hoc arbitrations, institutional arbitrations, including international commercial arbitration, and courts of law. In addition, he undertakes a broad range of advisory work related to project claims and dispute management. Choudhury joins from Link Legal India Law Services, where he was an associate partner. Prior to that, he has worked with JSA, Khaitan & Co, Shearman & Sterling London and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (since merged with Clyde and Co) London.

Mayer Brown JSM has added Hallam Chow in its banking and finance practice as head of projects, China, to be based in Beijing. Formerly at White & Case, Chow is a highly regarded lawyer known for his strong track record of achieving successful outcomes for lenders, equity investors and lessees, particularly those in China, Latin America and the Middle East, on major deals relating to project financing, acquisition financing, structured financing, aircraft leases, energy and infrastructure, and oil and gas joint ventures.

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