Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has added Glenn Haley and Ilan Freiman as partners in Hong Kong from Haley & Co, an independent, boutique law firm specialising in major projects, construction and arbitration. They will join the firm on 4 May 2015. Haley will operate within BLP’s global Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. He has more than 25 years’ experience in handling and successfully resolving numerous dispute resolution processes, including litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation, and has worked in all aspects of major projects, infrastructure and the construction and engineering sectors, both in contentious and non-contentious matters. On the other hand, Freiman will work within the firms’ global Real Estate practice group. He is an experienced transactional projects and construction lawyer who advises on a wide variety of major infrastructure and real estate development projects around Asia, with particular expertise in the entertainment, leisure and hospitality industries.

King & Wood Mallesons has added Gary Lock as a partner in the firm’s corporate and securities team in Hong Kong. Lock had been with Herbert Smith for 15 years, advising on a range of corporate work that included foreign direct investment into China and capital markets deals in Hong Kong. In October 2014, he acted for Chinese chipmaker Hua Hong Semiconductor Ltd on its US$360 million IPO, as well as Chinese drugmaker Luye Pharma Group Ltd’s US$764 million IPO last July 2014. In addition to his time in Hong Kong, Lock helped to launch and served as managing partner of Herbert Smith’s Shanghai office in 2003 and later ran the Beijing office as well. He had joined the firm in 2001 from Simmons & Simmons, where he was a Shanghai-based partner.

Reed Smith has added Troy Doyle as a partner in the global Commercial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group in the firm’s Singapore office. Doyle joins from DLA Piper in Singapore, where he led the firm’s restructuring practice. He advises financial institutions, private equity firms, hedge funds, corporates and insolvency practitioners across the Asia Pacific region, including China, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines and Australia. He has extensive experience advising on financial and corporate restructurings, distressed M&As, distressed debt trading (both portfolio and single asset deals), insolvency proceedings and special situation transactions.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges has added Tim Gardner as a partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office. He has wide-ranging experience advising both local and international clients in complex private equity and M&A transactions. Gardner has been practicing in Asia for nearly 10 years and has advised some of the world’s most prominent and widely-known private equity and global asset management firms. Gardner joins from the Hong Kong office of Latham & Watkins, where he was a partner. Prior to joining Latham in 2006, he worked as an investment banking associate and then vice president in the Financial Institutions Group of Goldman Sachs in New York, where he specialized in M&A.

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