DLA Piper has added Helen Colquhoun as a partner and head of the employment team in Hong Kong. She has over 10 years of experience practicing in London, New York and Hong Kong, and she is qualified in all three jurisdictions. She was previously special counsel at Withers Hong Kong, where she led the employment team. Her experience includes advising employers on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, particularly where multi-jurisdictional advice is required, including restructurings, managing employee hiring and terminations, advising on secondment and expatriate arrangements, and drafting remuneration schemes, contracts and handbooks. She has written numerous articles on a wide range of employment issues in legal and mainstream publications. She also regularly speaks on employment issues at industry conferences and forums.

K&L Gates has strengthened its real estate team with the appointment of Sam Brown as a partner in its Sydney office. Joining from Watson Mangioni, Brown’s extensive real estate experience includes advising clients on acquisitions and disposals of development land and built form assets, government tenders, major project and development agreements, fund through arrangements, property developments, commercial, industrial and retail leasing, land use and access rights, property due diligence, large-scale infrastructure transactions, and property funds. He also counsels receivers on the stabilisation and sale of assets.

Squire Patton Boggs has added corporate partner Stephen Pak. He was previously a senior foreign counsel at Yulchon in Seoul, and he also spent 12 years at Sidley Austin, working from the firm’s Los Angeles and Hong Kong offices. Pak is a US-licensed lawyer with a broad corporate practice, focusing on cross-border M&A, foreign investment transactions, private equity and venture capital, as well as international dispute resolution. He has also advised on data security matters.

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