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Legal Moves

By Kelly Tabone

Published Date: 2020/05

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White & Case has added private equity specialist Dongho Lee as a partner in Seoul from Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), where he was managing partner and head of the corporate practice.
Original story here: https://www.legalbusinessonline.com/appointments/white-case-hires-hsf-seoul-managing-partner/79295

 

India’s third-largest law firm by strength, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas has added Arjun Perikal as a partner in Bengaluru from J. Sagar Associates. Perikal’s exit marks JSA’s second disputes departure this month.
The original story is here: https://www.legalbusinessonline.com/appointments/sam-recruits-disputes-partner-jsa-bengaluru/79293

 

Holman Fenwick Willan has hired workplace, industrial relations and safety specialist Charmaine Tsang to bolster the workplace relations practice it started in Australia last year.
The original story is here: https://www.law.com/international-edition/2020/04/15/hfw-hires-partner-and-associate-from-local-firm-in-australia/  

 

Indian boutique Chandhiok  & Mahajan has appointed Sujoy Bhatia as a partner and head of corporate practice in Delhi. He joins from J. Sagar Associates. 
The original story is here: https://www.legalbusinessonline.com/appointments/jsa-partner-joins-indian-boutique-chandhiok-corp-head/79292

 

Ina vom Feld will join Herbert Smith Freehills in May as the firm's first IP partner in Germany.
The original story is here: https://www.law.com/international-edition/2020/04/15/herbert-smith-freehils-hires-dusseldorf-ip-partner-from-simmons-simmons/

 

Disputes expert Mayank Mishra has left J Sagar Associates to join IndusLaw as a partner in Delhi.
The original story is here: https://www.legalbusinessonline.com/appointments/india%E2%80%99s-induslaw-scores-third-lateral-year-jsa-disputes-hire/79263

 

Eversheds Sutherland announced today that Frankie Tam has joined the Hong Kong-based Asia technology team, led by Rhys McWhirter.
The original story is here: https://www.eversheds-sutherland.com/global/en/what/publications/shownews.page?News=en/uk/Eversheds_Sutherland_expands_leading_tech_practice

 

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto M&A lawyers Satoko Kuwabara and Shin Kikuchi have left to co-found a new firm called Gaien Partners in Tokyo along with partners Junichi Tobimatsu and Hisafumi Sato.
The original story is here: https://www.legalbusinessonline.com/appointments/ex-mhm-partners-launch-new-firm-tokyo/79262

 

Executing your law firm business development plans during the coronavirus outbreak
The original story is here: https://asialawportal.com/2020/04/04/executing-your-law-firm-business-development-plans-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/

 

Macau law firm MdME Lawyers has hired Helena Kok as partner and head of its employment and immigration practice from casino and hotel operator Galaxy Entertainment Group, where she was vice-president legal.
The original story is here: https://www.legalbusinessonline.com/appointments/macau%E2%80%99s-mdme-adds-employment-partner-casino-hotel-operator/79256

 

DLA Piper has launched a Coronavirus Resource Center (CRC) to serve as a central repository for companies across jurisdictions and industries as they deal with the issues and challenges confronting their businesses and workforces as a result of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 
The original story is here: https://www.dlapiper.com/en/hongkong/news/2020/03/dla-piper-launches-coronavirus-resource-center/

 

Ashurst has appointed Danny Tan to lead its investments funds practice in the Asia-Pacific. Tan joins from Singapore Big Four firm Allen & Gledhill, where led the private funds practice.
The original story is here: https://www.legalbusinessonline.com/appointments/sg-ashurst-hires-ag-private-funds-leader-apac-investments-head/79242

 

CMS has quickly replenished its IP stocks in Singapore after hiring a team of IP lawyers from local firm JurisAsia, including managing partner Sheena Jacob.
The original story is here: https://www.legalbusinessonline.com/appointments/sg-cms-nabs-ip-team-jurisasia/79240

 

Anglo-American firm DLA Piper has strengthened its Bangkok office with the hire of Waranon Vanichprapa and Samata Masagee as partners from Baker McKenzie and Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners, respectively.
The original story is here: https://www.legalbusinessonline.com/appointments/dla-adds-partners-weerawong-bakers-bangkok/79238

 

India’s J Sagar Associates has hired corporate expert Rajeev Reddy as a partner in the firm’s Hyderabad office from Tatva Legal, where he worked for over a decade.
The original story is here: https://www.legalbusinessonline.com/appointments/jsa-adds-corp-partner-tatva-legal/79237

 

Latham & Watkins has added M&A and investments specialist Mark Cooper as a partner in Singapore from Hogan Lovells.
The original story is here: https://www.legalbusinessonline.com/appointments/latham-hires-ma-partner-hogan-lovells-sg/79236

 

Withers has continued growing its real estate practice in Tokyo with the hire of partner Toshi Tsuchiya and his team from Orrick.
The original story is here: https://www.legalbusinessonline.com/appointments/withers-continues-tokyo-expansion-orrick-hire/79235

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

Africa

 

London-headquartered law firm Pinsent Masons have hired a Paris-based project finance partner who specialises in projects in Francophone Africa. Eran Chvika was recruited from Norton Rose Fulbright.
The original story is here: https://iclg.com/alb/10968-new-pinsent-masons-partner-has-francophone-focus

 

Nigerian law firm Aluko & Oyebode has expanded its partnership with the promotion of a banking and finance lawyer to partner. Funmilayo Otsemobor, who has been with the firm since 2009. 
The original story is here: https://iclg.com/alb/10952-lawyer-moves-for-aluko-and-oyebode-and-blc-robert

 

With the COVID-19 pandemic advancing and a national lockdown now in South Africa, legal practitioners will be among the myriad of professionals facing the challenges of working remotely and outside of standard working conditions. 
The original story is here: https://www.golegal.co.za/thumamina-legal-community/

 

The Legal Practice Council (LPC), which governs all lawyers in South Africa, says the administration of justice has largely ground to a halt and firms have been hit financially.
The original story is here: https://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/546/202886.html

 

A pair of multi-million dollar investments by the World Bank is aimed at improving social and economic development in Madagascar and several West African countries.
The original story is here: https://iclg.com/alb/11185-world-bank-invests-in-madagascar-development-and-west-african-data

 

The Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (“AFSA”) recently announced its plans to revise their current rules. It is expected that these revised rules will be published during the Johannesburg International Arbitration Week which takes place in mid-March 2020. 
The original story is here: https://www.golegal.co.za/arbitration-foundation-afsa/

 

Jones Day announced that Sheila Shadmand has been appointed partner-in-charge of its Middle East Region, succeeding Javade Chaudhri who will continue as a partner advising clients on matters related to transactions, compliance, and investigations in Saudi Arabia and Africa.
The original story is here: https://theoath-me.com/sheila-shadmand-named-partner-in-charge-of-jones-days-middle-east-region/

 

Banking group Investec has demerged its asset management arm, listing its shares on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).
The original story is here: https://iclg.com/alb/10942-investec-s-ninety-one-demerges-and-lists-on-the-lse-and-jse

 

Legal analytics and cognitive computing technology have evolved significantly over the past decade, and this is likely to accelerate over the coming years. This technology has transformed the legal industry and now provides the legal professional with insights like never before. 
The original story is here: https://www.golegal.co.za/legal-analytics-research/

 

With the courts only open for the hearing of urgent applications or matters relating to violations of liberty, domestic violence, maintenance and matters involving children during the Covid-19 lockdown period, now more than ever finding alternative methods of resolving disputes and managing your legal affairs is paramount and may just save you time, money and rescue professional and personal relationships and your business/livelihood.
The original story is here: https://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/546/202709.html

 

Reed Smith has hired Adela Mues as a partner in its Global Corporate Group. Mues, who is based in Dubai, has extensive experience of advising clients on M&A, private equity, venture capital, funds, capital markets, commercial contracts, employment and corporate restructuring.
The original story is here: https://theoath-me.com/adela-mues-joins-reed-smiths-global-corporate-group/