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Locke Lord has hired a two-lawyer international arbitration team from Troutman Sanders’ soon-to-close Hong Kong office.

Partner Ronald Sum and of counsel Daniel Lee will help expand the disputes practice for Locke Lord in Hong Kong. Sum advises on commercial and insurance litigation and arbitration—especially China-related matters—while Lee focuses on shipping matters. They join with a trainee lawyer who will qualify with the firm as an associate in August.

Sum had been a partner with Troutman Sanders since 2012 when he joined from Blank Rome’s then-Hong Kong office. Prior to arriving at Blank Rome, he also practiced with Eversheds and DLA Piper in Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, Sum joins energy partner and China practice chair Greg Burch, office head Wing Cheung and corporate partner Matthew Wong. Boston-based real estate partner Lorne McDougall also spends time in Hong Kong.

Locke Lord has a dozen lawyers in its seven-year-old Hong Kong office. Last year, the firm lost Hong Kong capital markets duo Michael Fung and Alfred Lee to Am Law 200 firm Loeb & Loeb.

Troutman Sanders announced earlier this year it was winding down its Asia offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. The Hong Kong office, the largest and the oldest of the three, still has about 15 lawyers.

Earlier in April, the entire legacy Beijing office of Troutman, led by capital markets partner Allen Shyu, was acquired by U.K. firm Stephenson Harwood.