Debevoise & Plimpton has hired Gareth Hughes to join the firm’s Hong Kong office as a litigation partner. He was previously at Ashurst, where he has been a partner and head of dispute resolution in Asia. Hughes has consistently been recognised as one of the foremost commercial disputes lawyers in the region, having spent more than 15 years working in Hong Kong. He has particularly deep experience advising financial institutions on litigation and contentious regulatory investigations.

Clyde & Co has added aviation specialist Peter Coles as a partner in its Hong Kong office. He joins from Holman Fenwick Willan, where he was also a partner. He has been supporting multinational clients in Asia for more than 22 years and handles a broad range of legal advice to airlines, general aviation and business jet operators, airports, manufacturers, MROs and ground handlers across the Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. This includes providing legal advice on investments, employment, acquisitions, procurement, marketing and sales in the aviation industry, carrier liability work, general commercial advice and associated aviation and health and safety regulations, competition law and other compliance requirements. He regularly advises on contingency planning; incident/accident response; government investigations, reports and public enquiries; coroner inquests and prosecutions; plaintiff and defence work in uninsured disputes including asset preservation and injunctions, debt recoveries and bankruptcy proceedings.

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