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Lovells Elects 21 New Partners, Including 4 in Hong Kong

by on April 20, 2010

Lovells has elected 21 lawyers to new partnerships effective 1 May 2010, which is the same day that Hogan Lovells officially launches its new joint venture.  Hogan Lovells will boast over 800 partners worldwide.

The appointments cut across a wide range of practice areas and throughout numerous offices.  In Hong Kong, four new partners have been named.  From the press release:

“Christopher Dobby – Litigation, Hong Kong Chris graduated from Royal Holloway & Bedford New College, University of London in 1994. He completed the CPE and LPC at the College of Law, London in 1996.  Chris was a trainee solicitor with Rimmer & Co, a Hong Kong based law firm associated with the German firm Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener. He qualified in Hong Kong in 1998 and in England & Wales in 1999. In 1998, he joined the litigation practice of BBLP and in 2000 moved to Johnson Stokes & Master where he practised until he joined Lovells Hong Kong as a Consultant in April 2008.

James Fong – Corporate, Hong Kong James graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1997.  He trained at Johnson Stokes & Master in Hong Kong and qualified in 2000. He joined the Corporate group of Lovells’ Hong Kong office as an associate in 2004 and was promoted as a Consultant in 2008.  James has been advising sponsors and issuers on a number of Hong Kong Main Board and GEM IPOs.  He has also worked on different types of corporate finance matters including block trade, private equity, listing of exchange traded funds, partial offer, joint ventures and regulatory compliance.  James was seconded to ExxonMobil in Hong Kong for three months in 2006 and UBS in Hong Kong for two months in 2007.

Kelly Naphtali – BRI, Hong Kong Kelly graduated from Deakin University (Australia) in 1996 with degrees in both law and commerce (economics). After spending one year working as a judicial research associate to the Victorian Court of Appeal, she joined a Melbourne firm as a trainee in 1998 and moved to Clayton Utz in 1999.  In 2002, she moved to Hong Kong and joined White & Case. Kelly qualified in Australia in 1999 and in Hong Kong in 2003.  Kelly joined Lovells in 2005 and was promoted to Consultant in 2008.

Deanna Wong – IPMT, Hong Kong Deanna graduated from Victoria University in New Zealand with a degree in Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology. She has a degree in law from the same university.  Deanna worked at Booz Allen & Hamilton as a Management Consultant in Melbourne. She practised at AJ Park in New Zealand before moving on secondment to Hong Kong firm Sit Fung Kwong and Shum. Deanna joined Lovells’ Hong Kong office in 2004.  ”

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