Hogan Lovells has hired Antonia Croke as a litigation partner in Hong Kong.

Croke will first join the firm’s London office in January and relocate to Hong Kong later in the year. She is making the move from Ashurst, where she is a senior associate.

Croke advises on cross-border litigation and investigations, including contractual, corporate, employment, insolvency and fraud-related disputes, particularly in the financial services, automotive, and technology, media and telecommunications sectors.

Before joining Ashurst’s London office in 2010, Croke practiced at Australian firms Clayton Utz and Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney.

Croke is the first Hong Kong partner hire by Hogan Lovells in two years. The last lateral hires in the office were in the summer of 2016, when the trans-Atlantic firm recruited capital markets partners Stephen Peepels and Sammy Li from DLA Piper and Paul Hastings, respectively.

The firm also has not made a partner promotion in Hong Kong since 2015, when finance lawyer Stuart Tait and corporate lawyer Nelson Tang both made partner. Tait left the firm last year for Gateley’s Manchester office.

Meanwhile, former Hong Kong finance partner Allan Wardrop left for Sidley Austin in June, and former intellectual property partner Deanna Wong, who also spent time in Beijing, left to start her own consultancy in November 2017.

In July, the firm’s former Hong Kong-based regional managing partner for the Asia Pacific and the Middle East, Patrick Sherrington, retired after holding the role for five years. Infrastructure partner Miguel Zaldivar relocated from Miami the same month to succeed Sherrington.

Hong Kong remains Hogan Lovells’ largest office in Asia with more than 60 lawyers, including about 15 partners.

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