Lawyer Monthly - July 2022

LAWYER MOVES Allen & Overy has announced the appointment of partners Gilbert Li and Iris Yeung to its AsiaPacific corporate practice. Both partners join from Linklaters and bring a strong track record of advising clients on highvalue corporate transactions including public and private M&A. Both have also accrued a good deal of experience in equity capital markets (ECM) transactions that will further bolster Allen & Overy’s practice. Li’s portfolio includes some of the most complex and high-profile M&A transactions in the Asia-Pacific region. His past experience includes energy, financial services, fintech and infrastructure deals – all of which are currently seeing an increase in M&A transactions. He has also been recognised by Legal 500 as a “Leading Individual” and ranked by Chambers & Partners. Li’s time will be divided between the firm’s Hong Kong and Sydney offices. Yeung advises banks on corporations on public M&A and equity fund-raising exercises, with experience advising on numerous marketleading deals. She will work closely with Allen & Overy’s Greater China practice as well as Shenghai Lang Yue Law Firm – its joint operation firm – to provide businesses in mainland China with support on their public and private fundraising activities. Lina Lee, partner and head of Allen & Overy’s Hong Kong Corporate practice, lauded the partners’ appointment in a statement. “The strategic appointment of Gilbert and Iris is an important step in continuing to provide our clients with a market-leading regional integrated M&A and capital markets offering,” she said. Two Partners Join Allen & Overy’s Asia-Pacific Corporate Practice Baker McKenzie has announced that Bruno Dominguez, partner and head of its tax practice in Barcelona and Chair of its wealthmanagement practice for EMEA, will become the firm’s new co-managing partner in Spain. Dominguez, is expected to share the leadership and management of the firm with Rodrigo Ogea, working together to continue the firm’s growth. In his work at Baker McKenzie, Dominguez has gained extensive experience in tax planning and consultancy. He represents clients dealing with tax inspections and court procedures in Spain and advises family-owned businesses and multinationals on mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, transfer pricing and business restructuring. He is also well-practiced in tax planning for high-networth individuals and families. Dominguez’s appointment coincides with Baker McKenzie’s promotion of two new partners to its Barcelona office. The presence of the new partners, Javier Blázquez and Rubén Lago, willconsolidate the continued strong growth of the firm’s tax practice. Dominguez’s appointment will go into effect on 1 July 2022. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Freshfields) has appointed partner Mark Sansom as head of dispute resolution for its London practice. He succeeds Sarah Parkes, following her recent appointment as global head of the practice. Sansom, who is recognised as a top-tier competition litigator, will continue his client work and leadership of Freshfields’ global antitrust litigation group while leading the London disputes practice. To his new role, he will bring a track record of advising on seminal cases in the UK and wider Europe for many high-profile clients, including Mastercard, Infineon, ABB and the Go-Ahead Group. Outgoing dispute resolution head Sarah Parkes said of Sansom’s appointment: “I am delighted to announce that Mark will assume leadership of the dispute resolution practice in London. Mark has all the qualities to drive forward the success of our practice as a marketleading antitrust litigator advising our global clients on complex, crossborder disputes.” The shake-up of leadership in Freshfields’ London disputes practice comes on the heels of Parkes’ rise to global head of dispute resolution, succeeding long-time practitioner Andy Hart, who will return to his practice at the firm now that his term has been completed. Sansom’s appointment goes into effect on 8 July. Backer McKenzie Appoints New Co-Managing Partner for Spain Freshfields Takes On New London Dispute Resolution Head 10 WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM | JUL 2022

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