BLP’s operations in Asia enhanced with appointment of Ian Ivory as Head of Corporate for Asia

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has today (15 September) announced the relocation of Ian Ivory from its Moscow office to Hong Kong. He will take up the role as the new Head of Corporate for Asia, effective from 2 November 2015.

Ian has been at the firm for over 17 years and joins the Hong Kong office having been Head of English law in the Goltsblat BLP office in Moscow for the last seven years. Prior to this he spent 11 years in BLP’s London office, where he managed the Private Equity & Venture Capital Team.

Bringing Ian into the Asian team will significantly enhance BLP’s presence in the region. His expertise in cross-border M&A, joint ventures and corporate finance will further augment the firm’s already impressive Asian capabilities, helping it to capitalise on the region’s growing global economic influence. Ian’s experience, knowledge and understanding of the Russian market will ensure even closer working relations between the firm’s operations in Asia and Russia.

Commenting on the news, BLP’s Head of Asia, Bob Charlton said: “Ian will bring in-depth knowledge of international markets, particularly emerging and high growth markets, and this perfectly aligns with our Asian strategy. We have seen increased client demand across Asia for cross-border transactional expertise and Ian’s relocation will expand the breadth and depth of our capabilities in this area, ensuring that we are delivering the best legal advice.”

Ian added: “The firm’s international offering is strengthening all the time and we are serving clients across the world on complex, multi-jurisdiction deals. Our team in Asia is a key part of this and there is a great opportunity for this to continue. My experience in Moscow will also allow me to take advantage of the growing economic ties between Russia and China and further enhance our international offering.”

This announcement follows the significant lateral hire of a team of nine lawyers from boutique law firm Haley & Co in May. This provides the firm’s Hong Kong office with full arbitration capabilities, and, by working closely with its Singapore and UAE LDR teams, offers clients a truly pan-Asian LDR offering.

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