Herbert Smith Freehills has brought aboard a financial regulatory disputes partner in Hong Kong.

William Hallatt is joining the firm from Linklaters, where he was a managing associate. Hallat advises financial institutions and investment funds on regulatory enforcement proceedings and reviews. He also handles internal investigations for companies, as well as anti-money laundering and terrorist financing requirements.

Herbert Smith Freehills has been seeking to bolster its practice in the area since some high-profile departures last year.

In September, Linklaters recruited Herbert Smith Freehills’ Asia litigation chief Gavin Lewis, who also focuses on the financial services sector. Another financial regulatory disputes partner, Tim Mak, left Herbert Smith Freehills earlier last year year to join Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Hallat began his legal career as a trainee with Linklaters in London in 2003. He transferred to Hong Kong five years later.

Herbert Smith Freehills has about 100 lawyers, including 21 partners, in Hong Kong. The firm employs 2,100 lawyers in 25 offices worldwide.

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