Clifford Chance boosts capital markets team

Magic-Circle firm poaches senior lawyer from London rival.

UK law firm Clifford Chance has hired a senior associate from rival Freshfields in Singapore. Joan Janssen, who has worked in Freshfields' Singapore office since 1997, joins as a counsel in the capital markets group.

Janssen is qualified in England and Singapore, and specializes in securities transactions. Her arrival is Clifford Chance's second significant capital markets hire in Asia this summer after Paul Chu joined in June from CSFB. He was second-in-command, under Greg Park, in the bank's former Asian asset-backed securities group. That team has now been significantly scaled down.

Clifford Chance operates a joint venture in Singapore with Wong Partnership, a respected local firm,...

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