Sidley's lone star comes to Hong Kong

US firm''s Dallas managing director is set to take over Asian practise.

US law firm Sidley Austin Brown Wood is planning to export a new Asian managing partner early in 2005. Bill Fifield, who comes to Hong Kong from the Dallas office, will take over the reins from Ken Cote, a seven-year veteran in the role.

Fifield will take responsibility for the firm's offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore, as well as Hong Kong, while Cote will return to corporate practice in New York. A litigator, Fifield's experience stretches back to 1971, when he joined the firm as an associate, and takes in antitrust, intellectual property, derivatives and securities issues.

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