Clyde & Co has expanded its Hong Kong office, hiring an aviation partner and relocating a shipping disputes partner from Abu Dhabi.
Peter Coles joins from Holman Fenwick Willan, where he was a partner. Coles has a broad aerospace and insurance practice, advising airlines, jet owners, lessors, airports and airport service providers on general commercial, regulations, accident response, government investigations and bankruptcy proceedings. His start date with Clyde & Co has yet to be finalized.
Before Holman Fenwick, Coles was with legacy Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s Hong Kong office, which he joined in 2001. He made partner there in 2006 and left the legacy London firm for Holman Fenwick a month before its merger with Clyde & Co in November 2011. All seven former Barlow Lyde Hong Kong partners who stayed through the merger left Clyde & Co the next year.
In a statement about Coles’ appointment, Clyde & Co said the firm will be significantly investing in its aviation team in Asia in the near future.
Meanwhile, the firm has relocated shipping and dispute resolution partner Christopher Jobson to Hong Kong from Abu Dhabi, where he had been office managing partner since 2014. Jobson rejoined the firm in 2014 from legacy Eversheds, where he was Middle East regional chairman. He first joined Clyde & Co in 1990 in Hong Kong before relocating to Dubai in 1994.
In addition to his practice, Jobson will also have an Asia Pacific management role and sit on the firm’s regional management board.
With the two additions, the London-based firm will have 13 partners in Hong Kong. The office specializes in insurance, aviation, shipping, construction, transport and trade.