Herbert Smith Freehills names six partners in Asia

The new partners, effective May 1, are based in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore and Tokyo.

International law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has promoted six new partners in Asia, as part of a 27-partner global promotion round. The new partners are based in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore and Tokyo, with all promotions effective May 1, 2024.

Tokyo-based Christopher Clay, a specialist in corporate crime and investigations, has been promoted. Clay advises clients on internal investigations, regulatory inquiries, crisis management and civil and criminal enforcement actions before authorities in the US, Europe, Japan and Asia.

In Singapore, Lucy Curran, an M&A and private capital lawyer, has been promoted. Curran advises private capital and corporate clients on complex cross-border acquisitions, sell-side processes, investments and joint ventures particularly transactions in the financial services and real-assets sectors.

In addition, the law firm has promoted Hong Kong-based Murphy Mok to partner. Mok is an international arbitration lawyer who advises Chinese and international clients on cross-border disputes, particularly those related to construction, infrastructure, energy and share purchase and shareholder disputes.

Jakarta-based Michelle Virgiany, in the Jakarta financial services and technology division, has also been made a partner. Virgiany is a corporate lawyer on secondment to Indonesian associate firm Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in Jakarta. Her practice spans both transactional and advisory work in the financial services and technology sectors. 

The other two partners promoted are at Hiswara, Bunjamin & Tandjung in Jakarta. Tedy Rachmanto is in commercial litigation. Rachmanto specialises in criminal law, dispute resolution, corporate crime and investigations and contentious employment issues.

Also in Jakarta, Dandy Firmansyah, a capital markets, M&A and financial services regulatory lawyer, has been promoted to partner. Firmansyah advises international and Indonesian clients on equity and debt capital markets transactions, public mergers and acquisitions under Indonesia's complex regulatory regime, financial services regulatory issues, and public company advisory.

Herbert Smith Freehill’s Asia managing partner Graeme Preston said in a statement: "This year's Asia partner promotions demonstrate our commitment to investment in this region, and in home-grown legal talent."

Preston added: "That commitment has kept us strong in Asia for over 40 years and created a practice that truly reflects Asia. With these promotions, almost 40% of our Asia partnership will be women and nearly 58% of Asian ethnicity. Our new partners come from across our region and our practices, but all have the same collaborative spirit – essential when so much of our work for clients in Asia is cross-team, crosspractice and cross-sector."

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