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Davis Polk & Wardwell has recruited a former federal prosecutor as a partner in Hong Kong.

Patrick Sinclair joins from Ropes & Gray, where he was a partner in the government enforcement practice. Sinclair helps global clients develop compliance and investigative protocols for their Asian operations and represents companies in matters involving the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sinclair joined Ropes & Gray in 2014 after spending seven years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. He was promoted to deputy chief of the general crimes section there in 2013.

Davis Polk’s four-year-old Hong Kong disputes team is led by Martin Rogers and James Wadham, Hong Kong-qualified partners who represent banks and other financial institutions in proceedings involving local regulators such as the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission.

Rogers said the disputes team now has 28 lawyers, including eight U.S. law litigators. Before Sinclair’s hire, the U.S. law disputes team has been led by two counsel, Zhu Chen and Jonathan Chang, and has four Chinese-speaking litigators.

Several U.S. firms have bolstered their disputes and investigations practices in Asia in recent years. Last year, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom hired Hong Kong disputes partner Steve Kwok, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. Prior to Ropes & Gray’s hire of Sinclair in 2014, Latham & Watkins relocated partner Catherine Palmer, also a former assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, to Hong Kong.

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