Asia moves: Kennedy’s partner leaves to create his own rooms, while 3 partners move in-house


The Kennedys’ Singaporean partner, Glenn Cheng, left the firm to start his own firm, Glenn G Cheng Law Chambers.

Cheng has spent nearly three decades in private practice, focusing on energy, marine engineering and construction projects and related disputes.

He has been involved in public-private partnership projects in Singapore, including Tuaspring’s SWRO desalination plant, Kranji and NEWater wastewater reclamation plants, and the Singapore Sports Hub. On contentious issues, he also sits as an arbitrator in international and national proceedings.

Cheng had been a partner at Kennedys since 2020. Prior to that, he was a partner in K&L Gates’ office in Singapore, officially known as K&L Gates Straits Law following a merger in 2018. Prior to joining K&L Gates, he was a partner co-founder of the Singapore office of former London firm Nabarro, which merged in 2017 with CMS.

With Cheng’s departure, Kennedys now has 31 lawyers including 19 partners in Singapore.

In the meantime, three private practice partners have moved in-house. Watson Farley & Williams solicitor Jonathan Silver has moved to Singapore, to take up a post as general counsel at Purus Marine, a London-based marine holding company that owns and leases environmentally friendly vessels and infrastructure equipment of the environment.

Silver advises banks, sponsors, borrowers, lessors and private equity on general banking and finance matters, working capital loans, syndicated and bilateral loans, secured loans, structured commercial transactions and equity financings. raw materials.

He joined Watson Farley late last year as an overseas legal consultant after spending two years at Maples Group as a partner. Prior to Maples, he was North Asia Shipping Manager at Norton Rose Fulbright. He also practiced at the Hong Kong law firm Howse Williams as a partner. Prior to moving to Hong Kong from London, Silver was a partner in the London office of Norton Rose.

Stephenson Harwood’s partner Fan Yang, whom the firm hired in 2020 from King & Wood Mallesons where she was a consultant, has joined China Harbor Engineering Co. Ltd as legal counsel.

China Harbor is an engineering contractor and a subsidiary of China’s state-owned China Communications Construction Company. It provides infrastructure construction services, such as marine engineering, dredging and reclamation, construction of roads and bridges, railways, airports and factories.

Yang is a litigation attorney specializing in complex commercial contracts, sale of goods, letters of credit and shipping of goods. She has also been an arbitrator at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center since 2013.

Meanwhile, Reed Smith’s partner Doreen Kong has joined Hong Kong’s main public transport network, Mass Transit Railway (MTR), as legal counsel.

Kong specializes in the sale and acquisition of real estate, leasing, real estate development and financial matters.

She has practiced at Reed Smith since 2005. While at the firm, she advised Hong Kong-listed investment firm Paladin Limited on a $235 million property sale to the Hong Kong-listed real estate investor. Hong Kong, CSI Properties Limited. She also advised Paladin separately on the $64 million purchase of two floors of the AXA Center from CSI.

Last year, Kong was elected as a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council after winning the Election Committee constituency.

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Offshore firm Appleby has added two investment fund lawyers in Hong Kong. Bronwyn King and Grace Yeung join the company from overseas competitors.

King, who joined Appleby as a partner, advises on investment funds, asset management, regulatory and other general corporate transactions.

She was a partner and head of the Asia-Pacific practice at Cayman’s Intertrust Law firm for approximately one year. Prior to that, she was a partner at Harneys and also practiced at Mourant Ozannes, Walkers, Ogier and Simmons & Simmons.

Yeung joins Appleby as Chief Legal Officer. She was previously senior legal officer at Harneys, specializing in fund formation and restructuring work.

Yeung joined Harneys in 2018 from Morrison & Foerster, where she was a partner. Before that, she worked at K&L Gates.

With the new additions, Appleby will have eight partners in Hong Kong.


Trowers & Hamlins, headquartered in London, has added a new partner to its corporate practice in Malaysia.

Geoff Allen joins the firm from a senior legal consultancy position with Centrica, a UK-based energy services and solutions provider. His role at Centrica was an interim position arranged through Pinsent Masons Vario, an integrated business of Pinsent Masons law firm that provides services such as flexible legal resources.

Allen was based in London and moved to Malaysia for his new role at Trowers.

Allen advises on acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, investments, corporate restructuring, governance and other general corporate matters.

He had previously been based in the Middle East where he worked at Eversheds Sutherlands’ Middle East associate practice, AlDhabaan & Partners. Before moving to Riyadh, he worked for almost seven years in the Manchester office of Eversheds.

Trowers is the first international law firm to open an office in Malaysia. It did so in 2012, as a liaison office, because foreign law firms were still not allowed to practice in the field. Later in 2015, the firm became the first firm to obtain a Qualified Foreign Law Firm License (QFLF), which allowed it to advise on international legal matters with certain restrictions.

Malaysia is Trowers’ only Asian office, where the firm has 16 field lawyers, including three partners.

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