Withers bolsters int’l presence with 14 partner promotions

The London-based international law firm Withers has announced the promotion of 14 new partners across its Asian, European and US offices. The new roles took effect on 1 July 2018.

Margaret Robertson, Withers’ CEO, commented: “Our new partner appointments are an exceptionally large and varied group this year, and this is a strong reflection of the strong performances across our international business. We are glad to promote talented new partners across our practices and to bring them into the firm’s leadership across our European, US and Asia offices.”

• Joy Chang, based in San Francisco, advises on estate and gift planning, probate and trust administration, and charitable giving. Chang frequently advises on cross-border matters.
• Chua Yee Hoong, based in Singapore, advises on tax matters, including litigation, as well as matters involving wills and succession, probate, estate administration, immigration and charities.
• Stefano Cignozzi, based in Milan, advises on M&A and corporate finance transactions, representing private equity, multinationals and privately held companies.
• Lara Crompton, based in London, advises on tax and succession planning, including trust structuring. Lara frequently advises international families on multijurisdictional planning.
• Billy Ko, based in Hong Kong, advises on family law, civil litigation and media law matters. His family cases often involve complex asset holding structures and trusts, and his experience in media and reputation management complements this work.
• Leong Chuo Ming, based in Singapore, advises on corporate transactions, with a particular focus on equity capital markets work and M&A. Chuo Ming’s experience includes regulatory and compliance work for clients.
• Xanthe Lok, based in London, advises on banking and finance matters, working with borrowers and lenders on bilateral and syndicated secured and unsecured corporate borrowing/lending and real estate finance transactions.
• Joseph Morales, based in Greenwich, Connecticut, advises on M&A, commercial real estate and corporate finance transactions. His clients include private clients, family offices, privately held companies, emerging companies and entrepreneurs.
• Alessia Paoletto, based in London, is a dual qualified Italian lawyer and English solicitor, advising on international succession and trust planning, and cross-border UK-European inheritance disputes.
• Alana Petraske, based in London, advises charities and donors on issues including tax-efficient, the structuring of philanthropic giving vehicles, the terms of direct funding, venture philanthropy and social investment.
• Matilde Rota, based in Milan, advises on commercial and banking litigation matters. She also regularly advises on issues such as product liability, contract and credit recovery.
• Lesley Timms, based in London, has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice with a focus on complex contractual disputes, and frequently works on disputes with Italian elements.
• Jocelyn Tsao, based in Hong Kong, advises on all aspects of matrimonial law including divorce, prenuptial agreements, child care and custody and financial disputes, and acts as an advocate.
• Sharon Whitehouse, based in Milan, advises on a range of corporate and commercial matters, including M&A for private companies, international joint ventures and equity investments. She additionally advises on equity and debt private placements and real estate financings.

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Christopher Copper-Ind
Christopher Copper-Ind is Publisher and Editor of International Investment. His previous publishing experience focused largely on the Middle East and emerging markets, and he was Editorial Director of The Business Year, based in Istanbul, for three years before moving back to London in 2017. He is the author of How to Negotiate, to be published by Macmillan in 2019.

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