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The Hong Kong legal practice of Big Four accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has recruited a partner from King & Wood Mallesons—a sign that the Big Four continue to broaden their reach into legal services.

Martyn Huckerby joins the PwC legal practice, Tiang & Co., as head of Asia Pacific competition law. Huckerby, who was previously an international partner with King & Wood Mallesons in Shanghai, specializes in corporate, regulatory, and competition and antitrust law and splits his time between Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Huckerby was with King & Wood Mallesons for almost a decade—first with the legacy Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques, where he had been a partner since 2008 and was chief representative of its Shanghai office until its merger with the legacy Chinese firm King & Wood in 2012. Last year he advised Australian cancer care giant Icon Group on a joint venture with China’s Yibai Healthcare to run radiation oncology centers in China.

Huckerby did another stint at Mallesons from 2001 to 2005 in the firm’s Sydney office. In between, he was a senior associate at Clifford Chance and was seconded to the Royal Bank of Scotland in London during his time with the U.K. firm.

PwC’s Hong Kong affiliated law practice, Tiang & Co., was launched last year by David Tiang, a former Beijing partner with King & Wood Mallesons. It then entered into an association with the accounting firm’s Singapore-licensed law practice, PwC Legal International.

Two former O’Melveny & Myers lawyers, capital markets partner Gigi Woo and counsel Joyce Tung, joined Tiang, and former Allen & Overy China senior partner Joseph Tse, who first joined PwC as an adviser in December 2015, is listed on Tiang & Co.’s website as a solicitor. Craig Stevenson joined Tiang & Co. in April of last year as a foreign registered lawyer from PwC, where he was a corporate M&A partner in Hong Kong, Dubai and the U.K. over the course of a decade.

The other Big Four auditor with a Hong Kong legal practice, EY, also recently expanded, hiring four lawyers from Troutman Sanders’ soon-to-be-closed Asian offices.