Hong Kong

Kirkland & Ellis has hired Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom corporate partner Daniel Dusek for its Hong Kong office.

Dusek, a Skadden lifer, joined the firm straight out of law school in 2000. He made partner in New York in 2008 and relocated to Beijing in 2012.

His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and going-private transactions. In 2016, Dusek was part of a Skadden team that advised an independent committee at Chinese internet company Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. on its $9 billion take-private deal by company chair Zhou Hongyi. He also was part of the team that advised travel site Ctrip.com International Ltd. on its merger with rival Qunar Cayman Islands Inc. in the same year.

Dusek’s move comes almost six years after Kirkland recruited Skadden’s Asia corporate co-heads Nicholas Norris amd Dominic Tsun, along with fellow corporate partner Li-Chien Wong. The 2011 hires were part of a major move by Kirkland to bulk up its Asia arm, with partners also joining from Latham & Watkins and Allen & Overy.

At Kirkland, Dusek will be reunited with Norris and Li-Chien Wong, but Tsun is no longer at the firm, having resigned earlier this year.

Skadden saw two corporate partners leave its Hong Kong office last year—capital markets partner Alec Tracy left the firm in June, while former office head and M&A partner John Adebiyi returned to London.

Anna Zhang is based in Hong Kong, where she writes about the business of law and legal issues in Asia and Australia.

Copyright The Asian Lawyer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.