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. A real estate specialist, Tai represents Hong Kong-listed Chinese developers, property sales and acquisitions. 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 as a partner in 2004 from White & Case. 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.