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Watson Farley & Williams has hired a maritime partner in Hong Kong.

Jian Guan specializes in litigation and arbitration cases in China, Hong Kong and London in the maritime sector, as well as the energy sector. He joins from an in-house role as senior legal counsel at China Merchants Commerce Financial Leasing Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of state-run conglomerate China Merchants Group.

Before joining CMF Leasing in July 2017, he was in-house as senior manager of the legal department at the leasing arm of Chinese state-owned bank ICBC, which he joined in 2014. Prior to going in-house, Guan practiced at Chinese maritime firm Wang Jing & Co. for 5½ years.

With the addition of Guan, Watson Farley has 20 lawyers in Hong Kong. In 2017, Marcus Gordon, the head of the international disputes group in Singapore, relocated to Hong Kong, and in 2015, corporate partner Rosa Ng joined the firm from Squire Patton Boggs.

Early last year, Watson Farley, which had been located at One Pacific Place in Admiralty—an extension of the central business district—moved its Hong Kong office to a bigger space in the main business district of Central, thereby bucking a trend that’s seeing global firms go the other way. The new office, in Jardine House, can accommodate about 55 fee-earners, double the firm’s previous size.

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