Lawyer Monthly - October 2022

Lawyer Moves RECENTAPPOINTMENTS FROMACROSS THEGLOBE International law firm DAC Beachcroft has bolstered its Singapore office through the hire of partners Summer Montague from RPC and Andrew Robinson from DLA Piper. Montague is a commercial disputes lawyer specialising in insurance and reinsurance, with a particular focus on handling complex cross-border insurance and reinsurance disputes relating to property, onshore and offshore energy, power generation, mining and construction risks. She is greatly experienced in advising on product recall policies and in handling product liability claims in Asia, Europe and the US, particularly in the technology, pharmaceutical and automotive Robinson advises on insurance and reinsurance matters with specific expertise in large-scale international financial lines and professional indemnity disputes, ESG and regulatory and compliance issues and dealing with substantial casualty losses. He also has a strong practice focus on cyber risks and data security, as well as indepth experience of litigation, arbitration and mediation forms of dispute resolution, regionally and globally, for both public and private entities. “We’re delighted to have Summer joining us and to welcome Andrew back to DACB as well,” said Julian Teoh, partner and head of DAC Beachcroft Singapore. “Here in Singapore, having Summer and Andrew on board, as well as aviation specialist Hermanto Moeljo who joined last year, we are even better placed to support our clients in this key region.” Expansion in Singapore is the latest step DACB has taken to bolster its international offering. Earlier this summer, the firm signed a cooperation agreement to expand its relationship with BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr, the market-leading insurance and liability law firm in Germany, creating an alliance of more lawyers in Europe than any other insurance-focused law firm. Armstrong Teasdale has announced the promotion of Molly Ahmed to Of Counsel and Emma Shaw to Senior Associate Solicitor as of 31 August 2022. Both work in the firm’s London office. Ahmed has extensive experience litigating a broad range of international commercial disputes. With a diverse background across service areas, including finance and banking, corporate, M&A, private equity, employment, technology and IP litigation, she is able to provide guidance in multifaceted, high-value commercial disputes, often across multiple jurisdictions. Shaw advises on corporate and commercial disputes across a broad range of sectors. She acts for both claimants and defendants in a wide variety of High Court and arbitral proceedings. She also has extensive experience in defending actions in the Court of Appeal. With particular strength in contentious sport matters, Shaw advises high-profile clients including The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon), football clubs and rugby unions on the enforcement of ticket terms and conditions. Shaw also has considerable experience in civil contempt proceedings against individuals who breach Court orders, including three successful outcomes before the Court of Appeal. She was recognised among The UK Legal 500 for Sport in 2020, and as a Rising Star in 2022, for her enthusiasm, industry knowledge and client management. International law firm Bird & Bird has announced its appointment of Niel Liebenberg as a partner in its Aviation team in Singapore. He joined the firm on 30 August. Liebenberg joins Bird & Bird from his role as general counsel of China Aircraft Leasing Company Limited. He specialises in aircraft leasing and financing and has over 24 years of private practice as well as in-house legal experience. With his strong reputation as a senior figure in the Asian aviation market, and his in-depth knowledge of the industry, Liebenberg’s appointment is a key part of Bird & Bird’s strategy for the Asia-Pacific region (APAC) as the firm continues to expand its Aviation team. Liebenberg will focus on growing the Bird & Bird team’s capabilities on projects across all facets of the aviation industry and will work closely with the firm’s colleagues across Asia, including in Singapore, Hong Kong SAR and mainland China to support key clients across the region. “Niel is a key player in the APAC aviation market, and we are thrilled to have him on board in Singapore,” said Lorraine Tay and Sandra Seah, co-heads of Bird & Bird’s Singapore office. “We are confident that with his specialised experience from within industry and as a private practitioner, Niel will boost the firm’s capabilities even more, as we continue to grow our Aviation team in the region.” DAC Beachcroft Hires Two Partners to Singapore Office Armstrong Teasdale Promotes Two UK Lawyers Bird & Bird Bolsters Aviation Team With New Partner Hire Singapore DAC Beachcroft Singapore Bird & Bird London, United Kingdom Armstrong Teasdale 8 LAWYERMONTHLYOCTOBER 2022

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