MinterEllison’s Hong Kong-based head of energy and infrastructure for Asia, Sam Farrands, has left to join King & Wood Mallesons as Hong Kong head of projects.

Sam Farrands.
Sam Farrands.

Farrands has advised on several public–private partnership projects in Hong Kong, including the New Central Harbourfront—a recently completed multipurpose events and creational space at the heart of the city’s financial district.

He had been a MinterEllison partner since 1996 when he joined the Australian firm in Hong Kong from Clifford Chance in London. He served as Hong Kong managing partner for the firm and oversaw the opening of its Beijing office in 2010.

MinterEllison’s Asia energy practice is now co-led by partners Brendan Clark in Brisbane and Paul Shillington in Perth. Shillington joined the firm last month from Calgary-based energy company Oryx Petroleum Corp. Ltd., where he was the chief legal officer for six years. Before that, he held in-house roles at ExxonMobil and practiced with legacy Phillips Fox and Freehills. Shillington will help MinterEllison expand outbound oil and gas work from China.

In December, MinterEllison hired two China-focused M&A partners—Bi Chen in Beijing and Chris Carr in Sydney­—banking on outbound Chinese investments into Australia.

In Hong Kong, MinterEllison now has nine partners. Corporate partner Fred Kinmonth manages the office.

Anna Zhang is based in Hong Kong, where she writes about the business of law and legal issues in Asia and Australia. Contact her at On Twitter: @azhangc