Bird & Bird has grown its tech and comms sector group with the addition of Jeremy Tan as a partner in Singapore. As an international technology practitioner and head of the commercial and TMT practice at his previous firm, Tan has extensive experience in commercial and technology transactions, including advising on multi-jurisdiction sourcing projects. He regularly advises clients on digital transformation and Industry 4.0 initiatives involving cyber-security, data privacy, communications and new technologies, such as distributed ledger technology and artificial intelligence. Tan was previously a partner at CMS Holborn Asia in Singapore.

Clifford Chance has added Michihiro Nishi as a partner in its corporate practice in Tokyo. Nishi has extensive corporate experience advising private equity funds and public companies on investments, corporate governance, disclosure and stock exchange matters. He has a strong track record working on complex, cross border M&A transactions with public companies. His headline deals include advising WeWork on the Japan part of its US$4.4 billion investment from SoftBank Group and SoftBank Vision Fund; Joyson Safety Systems on its US$1.6 billion cross-border acquisition of substantially all of the global assets and operations of Japan-based Takata, making it the world’s second-largest airbag manufacturer; and Nikkei on its acquisition of the Financial Times. Nishi joins from Skadden Arps. Prior to that, he was at Mori, Hamada & Matsumoto. He received his law degree from Keio University and has a master’s degree in corporate governance and practice from Stanford Law School. He is qualified in Japan and New York.

Pinsent Masons has added Phillipa Beck to expand its construction advisory and disputes team in Australia. Beck is a construction lawyer advising on project delivery and disputes across the energy and infrastructure sectors in Asia Pacific, including private public partnerships. She joins from Norton Rose Fulbright. Her expertise spans risk management, dispute avoidance and all forms of dispute resolution.

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