Partner moves and firm updates of the week of May 8

Ashurst joins up with ADTLaw in Singapore

Ashurst has formed a formal law alliance with Singaporean law firm ADTLaw, which has a strong focus on arbitration and civil litigation, corporate/M&A, and banking and finance, and was founded by Dawn Tan, formerly at Rajah & Tann. The firm will operate under the name of Ashurst ADTLaw.

Rajah & Tann adds two partners to Singapore team

Rajah & Tann has hired two partners in its ship finance and corporate practices. Chua Choon King brings with him experience in both contentious and non-contentious shipping matters. He was previously with TSMP Law Corporation. Corporate specialist Sandy Foo, who was with Drew & Napier, will focus on M&A and capital markets

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas takes BMR Legal team

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas is acquiring all of BMR Legal’s partners in Gurgaon, Mumbai and Bangalore except for founding partner Mukesh Butani. The partners include M&A specialists Amit Khansaheb (Gurgaon) and Roshan Thomas (Bangalore); Siddharth Nair (Bangalore), who focuses on venture capital matters; and Kaushik Mukherjee (Mumbai), who specialises in capital markets.

Dhaval Vussonji & Associates opens second office in Mumbai and adds new partner

Dhaval Vussonji & Associates has opened its second office in Mumbai. The firm has also just hired Minal Sampat as its fourth partner and head of its real estate team. She has 14 years of experience.

Shadaan Saipillai joins Phoenix Legal as a partner

Shadaan Saipillai has joined Phoenix Legal as a corporate/M&A partner in its Chennai office. He has more than 15 years of experience in the practice and has also advised on employment and real estate matters.

SIPS adds Yu Bo as a partner

Hong Kong IP firm SIPS has added Yu Bo as a partner. Before the move, he was at Baker McKenzie where he advised multinationals on prosecution and contentious matters in China.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth appoints Joshua Paffey as partner

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has appointed Joshua Paffey as a partner in its infrastructure and projects practice in Brisbane. He has advised clients in the energy and resources, and oil and gas sectors on projects throughout the Asia-Pacific, with particular expertise in advising Korean companies on projects in Australia.

Sparke Helmore Lawyers hires two partners in Sydney

Sparke Helmore Lawyers has hired two partners in its Sydney office. Scott McDonald joins the firm’s corporate & commercial practice and Julian McGrath join its insurance practice. McDonald has more than 30 years of experience in commercial litigation in commercial disputes, competition law, bankruptcy and white collar crime. McGrath brings with him 24 years of experience in insurance law and has advised on professional indemnity claims, liability and products liability claims for insurers, and first party property claims.