International law firm Jones Day has hired a team of five lawyers from Hogan Lovells as partners in its Singapore and Beijing offices.
Joining the Singapore office are James Harris, Bruce Schulberg, Julien Reidy and Alex Cull.
Harris, previously the global head of infrastructure and regional leader of the infrastructure, energy, resources and projects practice for Asia Pacific and the Middle East at Hogan Lovells, has more than 28 years of experience in energy and infrastructure projects, Jones Day said in a statement. Harris will join the firm’s projects and infrastructure practice.
Schulberg, with 25 years of Asian experience and a particular focus on energy and natural resources projects, will join the firm’s banking and finance practice, while Cull will join the energy practice, having spent 15 years working on corporate transactions, project development, operations and financing in the oil and gas industry.
Reidy has been based in Asia for nearly a decade, during which his practice has covered major projects across Southeast Asia. He will work with Harris, covering the power, transport and water/utilities sectors.
Joining in Beijing, Kanyi Lui has advised major Chinese financial institutions, such as the China Development Bank and Export-Import Bank of China, as well as corporate and sovereign borrowers in their efforts to secure project financing.
“We were attracted to Jones Day because of the firm's culture and commitment to superior client service, clear strategy, and long-term approach to Asia and Australia, and its leading energy, projects and infrastructure, finance, disputes, and restructuring practices,” Harris said.
There has been an exponential increase in private and government investment in the energy and infrastructure sectors on the back of significant reforms and rapidly growing demographics, partner-in-charge at Jones Day’s Singapore office Sushma Jobanputra pointed out.
The Washington-headquartered firm now has nearly 100 lawyers in its projects and infrastructure practice. Headed by Arman Galledari, the unit covers private commercial projects, governmental concession-based greenfield schemes and privatisation of operational infrastructure assets.