10 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2024 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM BRI EFS APPOINTMENTS CALVIN CHOW LEAVING PC Woo & Co JOINING Harneys PRACTICE Disputes LOCATION Hong Kong DANIEL GAW LEAVING Dechert JOINING WongPartnership PRACTICE Disputes LOCATION Singapore HANNY MARPAUNG LEAVING HHP Law Firm JOINING ADCO Law PRACTICE Capital Markets LOCATION Jakarta SAMUEL KOLEHMAINEN LEAVING Herbert Smith Freehills JOINING K&L Gates Straits Law PRACTICE Aviation LOCATION Singapore BENJAMIN LOHR LEAVING Clifford Chance JOINING Herbert Smith Freehills PRACTICE Private Equity LOCATION Hong Kong DUC NGUYEN LEAVING Herbert Smith Freehills JOINING K&L Gates Straits Law PRACTICE Aviation LOCATION Singapore BONNIE YUNG LEAVING Mayer Brown JOINING Han Kun Law Offices PRACTICE Capital Markets LOCATION Hong Kong SINGAPORE’S A&G ENTERS CHINA WITH NEW OFFICE IN SHANGHAI Singapore Big Four law firm Allen & Gledhill has opened a new office in Shanghai, its first in the PRC as well as outside the ASEAN region. The new office expands the firm’s regional network, which also includes offices in Myanmar and Vietnam and an alliance with Rahmat Lim & Partners in Malaysia. Allen & Gledhill also recently split with its erstwhile Indonesia alliance partner, Soemadipradja & Taher, and is set to launch a new Jakarta alliance firm called AGI Legal, helmed by newly promoted partner Aris Budi Prasetiyo. This network will “enable us to provide clients in China and ASEAN with a comprehensive suite of legal services throughout Asia,” Allen & Gledhill said in a statement. The Shanghai office will advise on general corporate, M&A, joint venture, banking and finance, real estate, private equity and wealth, arbitration and compliance. These services are delivered by locally qualified lawyers with experience in cross-border matters, the firm added. The office launch comes at a time when Singapore firms have been pursuing a regionalisation strategy. In September last year, Drew & Napier’s regional law network, Drew Network Asia, added Thailand’s largest law firm, Tilleke & Gibbins, as a member. Two smaller firms, JTJB and PDLegal, also announced expansions in Thailand. Allen & Gledhill was one of five foreign law firms allowed to set up representative offices in China, according to an announcement from the country’s Ministry of Justice in June last year. The others were HFW and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (both Shenzhen), Malaysia’s Ricky Tan & Co (Haikou) and Cyprus’ Areti Charidemou & Associates (Chongqing). RYAN TOU LEAVING Allen & Overy JOINING White & Case PRACTICE Capital Markets LOCATION Hong Kong KENIX YUEN LEAVING Gall Solicitors JOINING Lewis Silkin PRACTICE Disputes LOCATION Hong Kong