Moves and updates of the week of Feb.13

Wong & Partners hires Lim Siaw Wan as partner

Wong & Partners in Malaysia has hired Lim Siaw Wan as a partner in its finance & projects practice where she will be focusing on transport, construction and infrastructure projects. Before the move, Lim was a partner in the construction and projects practice of Christopher & Lee Ong.

Taylor Vinters merges with Via Law Corporation

UK law firm Taylor Vinters has merged with intellectual property and technology, media and telecommunications boutique firm Via Law Corporation in Singapore which has a strong client base of entrepreneurial clients from southeast Asia and Japan. The new firm will operate in Singapore under the name of Taylor Vinters Via and will be led by directors Yingyu Wang and Bryan Ghows.

Mills Oakley launches IP practice

Mills Oakley has launched its national intellectual property practice in Australia after recruiting two new partners, Teresa Nicoletti and James Lawrence, and a team of six staff from Piper Alderman. The new practice will focus on life sciences, pharmaceuticals, biotech, cosmetics and FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) industries.

Hall & Wilcox hires Christopher Brown as a partner

Hall & Wilcox has bolstered its corporate & commercial practice with the hiring of Christopher Brown as a partner in Sydney. Before the move, Brown was in the M&A group at Minter Ellison where he advised financial institutions on M&A, fundraising, Asian in-bound investment and corporate/commercial matters.

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts adds two new partners

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts in New Zealand has promoted special counsel Briony Davies and hired Tom Maasland as a partner. Davies has a strong focus on dispute resolution and has been involved in the firm’s public law, economic regulation and cyber law practices. Maasland is an experienced technology and general commercial lawyer who advises on technology contracts in the energy, retail, telecommunications and fintech sectors.