KWM EXPANDS HONG KONG IPO TEAM
King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) Hong Kong office has hired John Baptist Chan as a partner in its corporate and securities practice. Chan specializes in corporate finance, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions law, and his clients include Hong Kong, mainland Chinese and multinational companies, investment banks and financial institutions. Prior to joining KWM, Chan worked for other leading international law firms including Clifford Chance and Linklaters.
ARBITRATION EXPERT JOINS HSF
Arbitration expert Kathryn Sanger has joined Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) international arbitration team as a partner based in Hong Kong. Sanger has nearly 15 years’ experience of arbitration and litigation proceedings in Asia, particular in financial services, energy and China-related matters. Sanger will be HSF’s 13th dedicated arbitration partner in Asia as part of the region’s largest disputes practice, with 20 partners and 80 lawyers.
AUSTRALIA’S FIRST WOMAN CHIEF JUSTICE
Susan Mary Kiefel has been appointed to leadership of the High Court of Australia, taking over from Robert French as Chief Justice when he retires from the bench in January.
Kiefel will be the first woman in the court’s 113-year history to hold the position. Kiefel became the first woman in the state of Queensland to take silk in 1987. She was appointed to the Queensland Supreme Court in 1993 and the Federal Court of Australia in 1994, and has served a tenure as president of the Queensland Bar Association.