Howse Williams Bowers has added Michael Withington as a partner in the firm’s commercial dispute resolution practice. Withington has extensive experience in a wide range of contentious matters, including professional indemnity insurance claims, employment matters, shareholder disputes and regulatory investigations. He frequently advises on professional negligence claims and has been a panel solicitor for the Hong Kong Solicitors Indemnity Scheme since 1998. Withington was previously a partner in Gall Solicitors; prior to that, he worked at Herbert Smith for 10 years.

Reed Smith has continued its corporate expansion in Mainland China with the appointment of Alexander (Alex) Fischer as partner to its corporate and commercial practice in Shanghai. Fischer joins from the Shanghai office of Rӧdl. His corporate and commercial practice spans areas including M&A, foreign direct investment and investigations. He has built up significant experience in China-Europe (particularly Germany) inbound and outbound transactions. He has strong experience in South Korean work, having set up the first German University branch campus in Busan, South Korea in 2010. Fischer studied at Bonn University and passed the Second State Examination as a trainee lawyer in Hessen, Germany. He is fluent in Mandarin and Korean.

Shook Lin & Bok Kuala Lumpur has expanded its corporate team by adding experienced funds lawyer Karen Kaur as a partner. Kaur boasts over 24 years of experience and has spent 11 of those years in the financial services practice group of Hong Kong-based firm Deacons, where she was a partner from 2007 to 2012. While at Deacons, she worked with a wide range of international and local fund houses and has considerable experience in the establishment of private and retail investment products, including hedge funds, UCITs, private equity funds, equity and bond funds, as well as authorisation for public sale in Hong Kong of Hong Kong unit trusts and offshore mutual funds from a variety of jurisdictions. She also advised on all regulatory aspects of investment business, including licensing requirements, compliance issues and review of ISDAs, side letters, distribution agreements and prime brokerage agreements.

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