Howse Williams Bowers has added a shipping, international trade and insurance team headed by partner William Leung. The team joined on 1 May 2015 from Eversheds Hong Kong office. The team’s practice covers logistics / transport, maritime disputes / arbitration, insurance and commercial disputes. Leung is a market leader acting for most of the larger container terminal operators and major 3PL and 4PL logistics providers in Hong Kong.

K&L Gates has added Jay H Im as a partner in its corporate/M&A practice. Im joins from Korean entertainment and media company CJ E&M Corp, where he served as head of international legal affairs. He will initially be resident in the firm’s Seoul office before relocating to Orange County in the coming months to facilitate cross-border commercial activities and support the legal needs of the companies doing business there. During his almost 15 years in Korea, Im has advised on landmark M&A deals with transaction amounts in the billions of dollars; negotiated thousands of corporate, commercial and TMT-related contracts; and managed the licensing of hundreds of patents, trademarks and copyrighted formats. He has regularly represented blue chip companies in their acquisition and divestment of equity interests in Korea and abroad; counseled private equity funds on foreign investments through joint ventures and other variable structures; and negotiated complex licensing rights and sales terms with sophisticated Fortune 500 counterparties. Im also possesses a particular understanding of the entertainment industry, having been deeply involved in the production and distribution of films and television variety shows, large scale K-pop concert and festival planning and artist management.

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