Squire Sanders Memperluas Kehadiran di Asia

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HONG KONG, 16 Februari 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-AsiaNet/ —

Squire Sanders mengumumkan langkah selanjutnya yang signifikan dalam
melaksanakan strateginya untuk terus mengembangkan kehadirannya di kawasan Asia
Pasifik.

Mao Tong, Peter Chow dan Ignatius Hwang bergabung dengan Squire Sanders
dari Bryan Cave di Hong Kong dan Singapura.

James J. Maiwurm, Pemimpin dan CEO global Squire Sanders berujar: “Kami
amat senang menyambut Mao Tong, Peter dan Ignatius ke firma ini. Mereka amat
dihargai di pasar lokal, dan pengangkatan mereka dilakukan bersama dengan
perluasan perusahaan kami baru-baru ini di Australia Barat, yang merupakan
langkah penting dalam strategi pertumbuhan kami di Asia Pasifik yang
mengandalkan 125 pengacara di wilayah ini. Mao Tong dan Peter bergabung dengan
kantor kami yang amat sibuk dan maju di Hong Kong, dan Ignatius adalah dasar
yang akan kami bangun pada kehadiran baru kami di Singapura, pusat komersial
dari pentingnya pertumbuhan. Dengan tetap konsisten pada strategi global kami,
beberapa penambahan tersebut memperkuat kehandalan pada sumber daya energi dan
alam, arbitrasi internasional, dan infrastruktur serta transaksional.”

Mao Tong sebelumnya bekerja sebagai mitra pelaksana kantor Bryan Cave di
Hong Kong. Beliau adalah pengacara transaksional perusahaan, yang terlibat
dalam sejumlah merger dan akuisisi serta transaksi usaha patungan lintas batas.
Pengalamannya mencakup bekerja di sektor energi dan pertambangan, transaksi
ekuitas swasta dan investasi asing secara langsung ke China. Sebelum bergabung
dengan Bryan Cave pada tahun 2008, Mao Tong adalah mitra di Hogan & Hartson
serta mitra Squire Sanders di Hong Kong selama delapan tahun. Ia juga menjabat
sebagai Penasihat Umum General Electric Company di China Daratan.

Peter Chow juga merupakan mitra di kantor Bryan Cave Hong Kong, di mana
beliau memimpin perusahaan untuk praktek Arbitrasi dan Penyelesaian Sengketa
Internasional di Asia. Peter menangani sengketa terkait dengan energi dan
sumber daya, infrastruktur dan proyek pembangunan, perdagangan internasional,
dan masalah-masalah kelautan serta komersial umum. Ia telah memberikan saran
bagi perusahaan-perusahaan di Amerika Serikat, Eropa dan Asia, yang mencakup
perusahaan milik negara China. Peter adalah arbiter yang disewa dan terdaftar
untuk berpraktik di Inggris, Australia dan Hong Kong. Selain pengalaman
arbitrasi yang luas di Asia, beliau telah berpengalaman dalam menangani
berbagai masalah di Afrika, Timur Tengah dan Rusia. Sebelum bergabung dengan
Bryan Cave, Peter bekerja pada Baker & McKenzie di Hong Kong dan Mallesons di
Hong Kong dan Melbourne.

Ignatius Hwang, yang sebelumnya mitra pelaksana kantor Bryan Cave di
Singapura, telah memiliki pengalaman internasional selama lebih dari 20 tahun
sebagai pengacara di bidang energi, sumber daya, dan infrastruktur. Beliau
menempati beberapa posisi konsultan pada beberapa perusahaan multinasional,
termasuk konsultan senior di CMS Energy, perusahaan listrik dan gas alam yang
berbasis di Michigan. Ia adalah mitra Freehills serta memimpin praktek energi
dan sumber daya di Asia sebelum bergabung dengan Bryan Cave pada tahun 2008.

Ignatius memiliki reputasi terkemuka sebagai pengacara untuk proyek yang
bekerjasama dengan perusahaan swasta maupun milik negara, yang telah terlibat
pada seluruh aspek pada proyek PPP, energi dan infrastruktur. Beliau juga
memberi saran kepada pemerintah, pedagang dan penawar tentang privatisasi. Ia
telah bekerja pada proyek energi dan infrastruktur di seluruh kawasan Asia
Pasifik, antara lain Australia, India, Pakistan, China, Filipina, Vietnam,
Thailand, Kamboja, Malaysia, Singapura dan Indonesia, serta Timur Tengah dan
Afrika.

Ignatius akan memimpin peluncuran kantor baru di Singapura, yang
diharapkan akan dibuka pada akhir Maret begitu lisensi untuk beroperasi di
pasar itu telah diberikan.

James Tsang, mitra pelaksana kantor Squire Sanders di Hong Kong,
menjelaskan bahwa “Lingkungan bisnis di China telah berubah. Berbagai peluang
terkait dengan pasar hukum China telah meningkat yang mencakup investasi asing.
Dan kegiatan arbitrasi internasional semakin meningkat baik di Hong Kong maupun
Singapura. Mao Tong, Peter dan Ignatius membawa pengalaman internasional yang
cukup luas bagi perusahaan dan dengan platform global kami, Squire Sanders amat
sesuai untuk mewakili perusahaan China yang berinvestasi di wilayah manapun di
dunia.”

Ken Kurosu, koordinator praktek Squire Sanders Asia, menambahkan:
“Penambahan ini dibangun berdasarkan platform yang kuat di Hong Kong, Beijing,
Shanghai, Tokyo dan Australia Barat. Kami merasa senang dapat menawarkan
tambahan kekuatan dan pengalaman bagi klien di sektor energi dan sumber daya
alam serta praktik seperti transaksi lintas batas, arbitrasi dan pengembangan
infrastruktur. Kami berharap mitra baru ini akan dengan cepat akan menjadi
bagian dari aktivitas terpadu kami di Asia Pasifik.

Sumber: Squire Sanders


Squire Sanders Boosts Presence in Asia

HONG KONG, Feb. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-AsiaNet/ —

Squire Sanders announced a significant step forward in implementing its strategy to continue developing its presence in the Asia Pacific region.

Mao Tong, Peter Chow and Ignatius Hwang have joined Squire Sanders from Bryan Cave in Hong Kong and Singapore.

James J. Maiwurm, Squire Sanders chair and global CEO said: “We are very pleased to welcome Mao Tong, Peter and Ignatius to the firm. They are highly regarded in the local market, and their appointments, together with our recent expansion into Western Australia, are important steps forward in our Asia Pacific growth strategy that builds on a 125-lawyer base in the region. Mao Tong and Peter join our very busy and thriving office in Hong Kong, and Ignatius is the foundation we will build upon with a new presence in Singapore, a commercial center of growing importance. Consistent with our global strategies, these additions strengthen our energy and natural resources, international arbitration, and infrastructure and transactional capabilities.”

Mao Tong was formerly the managing partner of the Hong Kong office of Bryan Cave. He is an accomplished corporate transactional lawyer, having been involved in a number of cross-border merger and acquisition and joint venture transactions. His experience includes work in the energy and mining sectors, private equity transactions and foreign direct investment into China. Prior to joining Bryan Cave in 2008, Mao Tong was a partner at Hogan & Hartson and a partner of Squire Sanders in Hong Kong for eight years. He was also General Counsel, Greater China, for General Electric Company.

Peter Chow was also a partner in Bryan Cave’s Hong Kong office, where he led the firm’s International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution practice in Asia. Peter handles disputes related to energy and resources, infrastructure and construction projects, international trade, maritime and general commercial matters. He has advised major US, European and Asian corporations, including Chinese state-owned enterprises. Peter is a chartered arbitrator and listed to practice in the UK, Australia and Hong Kong. Apart from extensive arbitration experience in Asia, he has experience in matters involving Africa, the Middle East and Russia. Prior to joining Bryan Cave, Peter practiced with Baker & McKenzie in Hong Kong and Mallesons in Hong Kong and Melbourne.

Formerly managing partner of Bryan Cave’s Singapore office, Ignatius Hwang has more than 20 years of international experience as an energy, resources and infrastructure lawyer. He held several in-house counsel positions with various multi-nationals, including senior counsel at CMS Energy, a Michigan-based electricity and natural gas utility. He was a partner at Freehills and led its energy and resources practice in Asia before joining Bryan Cave in 2008.

Ignatius has a leading reputation as a public/private partnership projects attorney, having been involved in all aspects of PPP, energy and infrastructure projects. He has also advised governments, vendors and bidders on privatizations. He has worked on energy and infrastructure projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, India, Pakistan, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, as well as in the Middle East and Africa.

Ignatius will spearhead the launch of a new office in Singapore, expected to open at the end of March once a license to operate in that market has been granted.

James Tsang, managing partner of Squire Sanders’ Hong Kong office, explained that “The business environment in China is changing. Increasingly the opportunities associated with the Chinese legal market involve outbound investment. And international arbitration activity is growing in both Hong Kong and Singapore. Mao Tong, Peter and Ignatius bring considerable international experience to the firm and, with our global platform, Squire Sanders is ideally suited to represent Chinese companies investing elsewhere in the world.”

Ken Kurosu, Squire Sanders Asia practice coordinator, added that “These additions build on an already strong platform in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Western Australia. We are pleased to be able to offer to clients additional strength and experience in sectors such as energy and natural resources and practices such as cross-border transactions, arbitration and infrastructure development. We expect these new partners to rapidly become part of the fabric of our integrated Asia Pacific activities.”

Source: Squire Sanders