K&L Gates has expanded in Asia, having recruited new partners in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Tokyo.
Nigel Stamp, who is based in Hong Kong, has moved to K&L Gates from Eversheds Sutherland. Owen Chio, who is working at the firm’s office in Taipei, comes from KPMG Law. And Dooyong Kang, who was previously Jones Day counsel, has joined the firm as a partner in Tokyo.
Stamp, a technology law specialist, most recently led Eversheds Sutherland’s Asia technology, media and telecommunications practice. He has advised hardware and software vendors and users on commercial contracts, outsourcing projects, and cloud computing transactions. He also counsels on issues related to data privacy, cybersecurity and intellectual property.
Before becoming the head of Eversheds Sutherland’ Asia technology practice in 2011, Stamp led a similar practice for Morrison & Foerster’s China group. Prior to that, he was a partner with Bird & Bird and Clifford Chance.
Energy lawyer Chio previously co-led the global compliance practice in Taipei for the Big Four accounting firm’s legal arm, KPMG Law. Chio has represented multinationals and Taiwanese companies on transactions and corporate and compliance matters. His experience in oil and gas and the clean-tech industry sector will add to the Taipei office’s energy practice, office chief Jacqueline Fu said in a statement. The firm is expecting to expand its Taipei energy practice, as the Taiwanese government plans to substantially increase the portion of renewable energy in the power supply, she said.
Chio moved to KPMG in 2016 from Baker McKenzie, where he had been a partner. Earlier in his career, he practiced with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and with Linklaters.
Kang, a corporate, U.S.-educated lawyer, has practiced in both the United States and Japan and focuses his work on M&A, joint ventures, and other strategic alliances. He was recruited from Jones Day, where he represented clients on cross-border transactions involving major Japanese and non-Japanese companies and advised such clients as Japanese trading house Itochu Corp.