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Herbert Smith Freehills continues expansion in Asia with partner and counsel promotions

28 April 2022 | Asia


Leading international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has continued its Asia expansion with the promotion of 11 new partners and counsel.

The five new partners are part of a 34-partner global promotion round this year – the firm's largest-ever promotion round. All promotions are effective 1 May 2022.

This year's investment in talent also extends to the firm's Asia associate firms, with two promotions at Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in Jakarta and Kewei Law Firm in Shanghai.


James Allsop                  Disputes, Tokyo                    International Arbitration/Corporate Crime & Investigations 

Cellia Cognard*              Corporate, Jakarta                M&A                         

Harry Evans                   Corporate, Singapore           TMT/Life Sciences                                             

Jin Kong*                        Corporate, Hong Kong         Capital Markets    

Stephanie                       Corporate/M&A                     Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, Jakarta 

Daniel Waldek                Disputes, Singapore             International Arbitration/Construction and Infrastructure Disputes



Victor Chiew                    Corporate, Singapore               M&A

Yosuke Homma               Disputes, Tokyo                        International Arbitration/Corporate Crime & Investigations

Jie Li                                Corporate, Beijing                    Energy and Projects

Salonika Kataria              Finance, Singapore                  Core Finance

Cynthia Ng*                     Corporate, Hong Kong             M&A

Michelle Virgiany*            Corporate, Jakarta                   M&A and Financial Services

Lucy Yao*                         Alternative Legal Services       Kewei Law Firm, Shanghai                       


"Congratulations to our new partners and counsel, whose success reflects the strength of our network, services and culture in Asia, and our commitment to continued growth," said Asia managing partner May Tai.

"Our new partners and counsel also reflect our breadth of practice – covering disputes, corporate/M&A, energy, TMT, capital markets, finance and alternative legal services."

"We are one of very few international firms to offer seamless access to local law capability in Indonesia, mainland China and Singapore through successful associate relationships, and are proud to celebrate two promotions at those firms this year."

"Importantly, these promotions reflect our diverse practice in Asia. Broadening further the mix of culture, gender and background better meets our clients' needs and helps us achieve our ambition to be the leading law firm in Asia Pacific."


Herbert Smith Freehills is one of very few international law firms offering seamless access to local law capability in three key Asia markets through successful associate relationships:

  • In Jakarta, Herbert Smith Freehills' international counsel practise on secondment to associate firm Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, one of Indonesia’s leading commercial and corporate law firms.

  • In Singapore, a Formal Law Alliance with local law firm Prolegis allows clients to access Singapore law capability from Prolegis alongside Herbert Smith Freehills' international skills.

  • In Shanghai and Beijing, the firm provides access to PRC law advice through Herbert Smith Freehills Kewei (FTZ) Joint Operation in Shanghai with Kewei Law Firm.

*To meet regulatory requirements, these lawyers will use different titles in their local jurisdictions: Cellia Cognard - Senior International Counsel; Jin Kong - Senior Registered Foreign Lawyer (New York – USA); Cynthia Ng - Senior Consultant; Michelle Virgiany - Senior International Counsel; and Lucy Yao - ALT Director.


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