Dorsey & Whitney, which has lost several partners in Asia, has hired former Allen & Overy capital markets counsel David Cameron as a partner in Hong Kong.
A U.S. lawyer, Cameron specializes in debt securities offers, especially on India-related deals. Last year, he advised India’s Axis Bank Ltd. on a $500 million bond sale.
Cameron joined Allen & Overy in 2016 from Linklaters, where he practiced for eight years.
Cameron’s hire covers for the loss of former capital markets partner Joe Sevack, who practiced with Dorsey only briefly after joining the firm in 2015 from Troutman Sanders. Former Hong Kong office head and India specialist John Chrisman also left the firm to join Clyde & Co in 2016.
Other recent departures from the Minneapolis-based firm’s Hong Kong office include former intellectual property partner Cedric Lam, now at Eversheds Sutherland, and former corporate partner David Richardson.
In Hong Kong now, Cameron joins office head Simon Chan, corporate partner Kenneth Kwok and IP partner Janet Wong.
In addition to Hong Kong, Dorsey has had to deal with departures from its Shanghai and Beijing offices. Former Beijing office head Frank Hong, who relocated from Shanghai in 2015 to open the office, left the firm earlier this year and, in June, Dorsey named disputes lawyer Ray Liu as his successor. Liu joined the firm in 2013, and before that spent a year as an in-house lawyer at the Bank of China’s New York branch after receiving an LL.M. from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2011.
In Shanghai, of counsel and corporate lawyer James Liu, who joined in 2017 from China’s Jincheng Tongda & Neal, also left the firm.
Dorsey closed its office in Sydney in 2014 and has three Asian offices—in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.