Edwards Wildman Palmer has hired a new partner for its Hong Kong litigation practice.

John Yiu was previously a partner with local firm ONC Lawyers. He focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitrations, including insolvency, employment, shipping, regulatory and intellectual property matters.

Yiu joined ONC only last year from another Hong Kong firm, Vivien Chan & Co., where he was of counsel. He also previously practiced as an associate at international firms Holman Fenwick Willan and Paul Hastings.

Edwards Wildman launched an association with local firm Lister Lo Lui & Choy in 2006 and formally merged January 1 this year. The firm has 625 lawyers in 15 offices worldwide, including Hong Kong and Tokyo in Asia. According to its website, the firm has 10 lawyers in its Hong Kong office, five of whom are partners.