Hong Kong.


Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which has been expanding its presence in Asia and Europe, has hired two funds partners from Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Hong Kong.

Partners John Fadely and Albert Cho are joining Gibson Dunn’s investment funds group after working at Weil for eight years and four years respectively.

Fadely joined Weil from Clifford Chance in 2011, after spending two years as a partner at the Magic Circle firm. Cho joined Weil from Kirkland & Ellis in 2014. He relocated to Hong Kong from Kirkland’s New York office in 2008.

“We are focused on building a premier corporate practice in Asia that complements our private equity and M&A practices in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East,” said Gibson Dunn chairman and managing partner Ken Doran. “Their addition is another significant step in the growth of our transactional practices globally.”

The duo is the second significant Hong Kong group hire the firm has made in a year.

Last April it hired Ropes & Gray Hong Kong managing partner Paul Boltz and a team of three other corporate and private equity partners.

Gibson Dunn has also made a number of recent lateral partner additions to its international offices. It made several hires in London in 2017, including Serious Fraud Office (SFO) prosecutor and case controller Sacha Harber-Kelly, as well as two senior London partners from Mayer Brown—namely Allen & Overy arbitration partner Jeffrey Sullivan and Herbert Smith Freehills energy co-head Anna Howell.

Meanwhile, in June of last year, the firm launched litigation and finance practices in Paris with the hire of a four-partner team from Ashurst’s French base.

Earlier this year, the firm posted its 22nd straight year of revenue growth, earning more than $1.64  billion in 2017.

Responding to the news, Weil Gotshal said, “We wish John and Albert the best in their new roles.”

The firm also stated that its Asia practice remains an important part of the firm.

“Tim Gardner and Charles Ching will continue to lead our Asia practice, which is an important part of our balanced global platform and focused on complex, high-stakes transactional matters for corporate and private equity clients,” the firm stated.