Ashurst has further strengthened its Middle East oil and gas team with the addition of Luke Robottom as a partner in its global projects practice, based in Abu Dhabi. Robottom joins from White & Case in Abu Dhabi, where he has been based since 2009. He has extensive experience advising on the development and financing of major infrastructure, power and oil and gas projects, including numerous midstream and downstream deals. He also has a strong transactional construction practice. He advises sponsors, owners and lenders, from pre-contract negotiation through contract administration and post-contract dispute resolution.

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow, the member firm of Baker McKenzie International in Singapore, has added Kunal Katre as a local principal in the finance and projects practice. Joining from Allen & Overy, Katre has broad banking experience spanning a wide range of transactions, including general syndicated loans, leveraged and acquisition financing, private equity led sponsor financing, margin lending, structured financings, and P2P loans. His practice focuses on matters in South and Southeast Asia, particularly in India, Indonesia and Malaysia. Katre is admitted to practise in India and England & Wales.

Jones Day has added Shannon Finch as a partner in the firm’s M&A practice in Sydney. Finch brings extensive experience in capital markets transactions, including IPOs, retail bonds, dual-tracks and crowdfunding; public mergers, acquisitions and restructures; corporate governance, including matters relating to directors’ duties and shareholder activism; and listed entities and securities law. She is a guest lecturer on securities law and disclosure regulation masters courses at the University of Sydney and University of NSW. She is also a regular speaker at equity capital markets, global M&A, hybrids, directors’ duties and securities law conferences.

King & Wood Mallesons has added Rachel Yu as a partner in the dispute resolution practice in the Hong Kong office. Yu is a next generation dispute resolution lawyer, who joins from Herbert Smith Freehills. She has over 12 years of experience advising clients, primarily on complex financial disputes. She regularly advises on regulatory investigations by regulatory and enforcement authorities, such as the Securities and Futures Commission, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, and on commercial disputes, including mis-selling, fraud, injunctions, debt recovery, security enforcement, joint venture and shareholders’ disputes. Yu also advises clients on associated PR and internal crisis management strategies. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Her clients include Chinese and global investment banks, retail banks, private equity funds, asset managers, brokerages, Chinese listed companies and high net worth individuals.

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