Linklaters is relocating partner from London to Hong Kong to serve as the British law firm’s Asia managing partner. Stuart Salt, currently the Magic Circle firm’s regional managing partner for Eastern Europe, Russia and the Middle East, a position to which he was only appointed last May, will take on the Asia role on Feb. 1. He replaces Zili Shao, who is leaving the firm to become the China chief executive officer for JP Morgan Chase.

Salt, a Linklaters partner since 1992, is not a newcomer to the region. From 2005 to 2008, he was based in Hong Kong as head of the firm’s Asia banking and projects group. Firmwide managing partner Simon Davies said in a statement: “Stuart’s broad-based expertise as an international lawyer, combined with his significant regional management experience and success in Asia, make him ideally suited to the role of Asia Managing Partner. I have absolute confidence that in Asia we will go from strength to strength under his leadership.”

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