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Norton Rose Fulbright has made management changes in Asia.

The firm has appointed Hong Kong corporate partner Psyche Tai as the new head of that office. Tai has represented several Hong Kong-listed Chinese developers on transactions. Last year, she advised China Overseas Land & Investment on a $4.8 billion acquisition of Citic Group’s residential property business. She joined Norton Rose in Hong Kong in 2003 and became a partner the following year.

In Singapore, the firm has appointed banking and finance partner Yu-En Ong as office head. He joined Norton Rose Fulbright in 2004 and was promoted to partner in 2007.* Meanwhile, Norton Rose Fulbright has promoted Singapore project finance and banking partner Nick Merritt to head of Asia business strategy. In this role, Merritt will oversee business opportunities across Asia and between Asia and other regions. He will continue to act as global leader for infrastructure mining and commodities.

The firm’s current head of Southeast Asia, Jeff Smith, will relocate to the U.K. and remain with the firm as a consultant. The current head of North Asia, Phillip John, will retire at the end of August.

The announcements come just ahead of Norton Rose Fulbright’s slated merger with Chadbourne & Parke in the second quarter of this year. Chadbourne has no Asian office, having closed its office in Beijing in 2015.

Anna Ward, who is based in London, writes about the business of law for ALM’s U.K. publication Legal Week. Contact her at AWard@alm.com. On Twitter: @annaroxelana.

*Correction 3/31: A previous version of this story said Yu-En Ong joined Norton Rose in 2004 as a partner. He was in fact promoted to partner at Norton Rose in 2007. A correction was made to the third paragraph of this story to reflect that. We regret the error.

 

Norton Rose Fulbright has made management changes in Asia.

The firm has appointed Hong Kong corporate partner Psyche Tai as the new head of that office. Tai has represented several Hong Kong-listed Chinese developers on transactions. Last year, she advised China Overseas Land & Investment on a $4.8 billion acquisition of Citic Group’s residential property business. She joined Norton Rose in Hong Kong in 2003 and became a partner the following year.

In Singapore, the firm has appointed banking and finance partner Yu-En Ong as office head. He joined Norton Rose Fulbright in 2004 and was promoted to partner in 2007.* Meanwhile, Norton Rose Fulbright has promoted Singapore project finance and banking partner Nick Merritt to head of Asia business strategy. In this role, Merritt will oversee business opportunities across Asia and between Asia and other regions. He will continue to act as global leader for infrastructure mining and commodities.

The firm’s current head of Southeast Asia, Jeff Smith, will relocate to the U.K. and remain with the firm as a consultant. The current head of North Asia, Phillip John, will retire at the end of August.

The announcements come just ahead of Norton Rose Fulbright ‘s slated merger with Chadbourne & Parke in the second quarter of this year. Chadbourne has no Asian office, having closed its office in Beijing in 2015.

Anna Ward, who is based in London, writes about the business of law for ALM’s U.K. publication Legal Week. Contact her at AWard@alm.com. On Twitter: @annaroxelana.

*Correction 3/31: A previous version of this story said Yu-En Ong joined Norton Rose in 2004 as a partner. He was in fact promoted to partner at Norton Rose in 2007. A correction was made to the third paragraph of this story to reflect that. We regret the error.