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Slew of Asia Hires for Local and International Heavyweights | Law.com


Three law firms have added to their ranks in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as moves continue to ramp up globally.

Singapore-based Oon & Bazul has made three hires to its litigation practice.

Jerald Foo and Priscilla Lua join the firm from Cavenagh Law, Clifford Chance’s formal alliance firm in Singapore, where they were associates. They are joined by Benedict Eoon, who moves  from disputes boutique, Covenant Chambers, where he had spent just over a year as associate director.

Foo joined Clifford Chance in 2012 and moved to Cavenagh in 2017. He specialises in commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation, acting on cross-border disputes involving joint venture and shareholder disputes, restructuring and insolvency, fraud and asset recovery, employment and international trade.

Lua started her legal career with Drew & Napier in 2009 she left to join Cavenagh in 2015. Lua spent part of her time at Cavenagh on secondment to the London office of Clifford Chance and also in Hong Kong with the firm’s client, Standard Chartered Bank.

Eoon focuses on commercial litigation, arbitration, white collar crime and investigations and previously spent ten years at local firm Drew & Napier.

The hires take Oon & Bazul’s partner headcount to 19 and its lawyer headcount to 60.

In Hong Kong, Weil Gotshal & Manges has added counsel Tara Hamilton to its restructuring practice just weeks after the firm made its first restructuring partner hire in the region. She joins from Ropes & Gray, where she was an associate.

Hamilton is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency related matters. She has advised clients on issues in relation to distressed situations, from court-driven insolvency processes to consensual restructuring of distressed corporates.

Herbert Smith Freehills has also added to tis ranks with counsel to its Hong Kong base and Shanghai joint operation firm Kewei.

Capital markets lawyers, Ariel Lin and Agatha Shen, will be based in Hong Kong and Shanghai, respectively.

Lin joins the firm from Sidley Austin where she practiced for over a decade and was most recently an associate.

Shen joins from Morgan Lewis Bockius, where she was Shanghai-based counsel.

Meanwhile offshore firm Walkers has relocated its Cayman Islands partner Colette Wilkins QC to Hong Kong to lead its Asia litigation practice. She will commence her new role in January next year.

Wilkins specializes in high value financial services related litigation, asset recovery and contentious insolvency, Colette will continue to focus on Cayman Islands law from Walkers’ Hong Kong office.

Wilkins was appointed Queen’s Counsel in September this year. She has been a commercial litigator for over 30 years, spending half that time in the Cayman Islands, and the other half at the English Bar.

She currently heads up Walkers’ Cayman Islands litigation practice in conjunction with partner Neil Lupton.



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