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Leading global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has promoted nine lawyers in Asia to counsel. The promotions span corporate, finance, employment and disputes, and are effective 1 May 2020.

These appointments are part of this year's 29-counsel promotion round, and follow last week's promotion of four new partners in Asia.

The new counsel are:

Irina Akentjeva

Corporate – Energy and Infrastructure


James Allsop

International Arbitration and Corporate Crime and Investigations


Cellia Cognard

Corporate and M&A


Joseph Fisher

Corporate and M&A


Keith Gamble

Project Finance – Energy and Infrastructure


James Gong

Corporate – Technology, Media and Telecommunications


Michael Long


Hong Kong**

Tess Lumsdaine

Employment, Pensions and Incentives

Hong Kong**

Ken Nam

Corporate - Energy


*Cellia is currently seconded from Herbert Smith Freehills to our longstanding associate firm in Indonesia, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung.

**Michael and Tess’ titles will be 'Senior Consultant' to meet regulatory requirements in Hong Kong.


“Congratulations to this talented group of lawyers on their promotion to counsel,” said executive partner and CEO Elect Justin D’Agostino. “This is a significant achievement and one of which they should be extremely proud.”

“We have promoted bright, talented lawyers in several practice areas across six of our nine offices in Asia, demonstrating the breadth and depth of our network.

“Each of these lawyers makes valuable contributions to our clients and to our business, bringing specialist expertise and skills that help strengthen our client offering, especially in these challenging times.”

“By engaging and empowering talent at every level of the firm, I believe we can emerge from this situation stronger and bolder, and transform our business for the future.”



Irina Akentjeva, Corporate, Singapore
Irina is a highly experienced corporate lawyer specialising in energy and infrastructure transactions across Asia, with particular focus on Southeast Asia. She graduated from the University of Oxford with a bachelor's degree in jurisprudence, is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, and is bilingual in English and Russian.

James Allsop, Disputes, Tokyo
James advises clients on complex commercial disputes, primarily through international arbitration. He also works with clients on multi-jurisdictional fraud and corruption investigations, advising clients on anti-bribery and corruption matters, corporate governance and crisis management. He is admitted in England and Wales, is a qualified solicitor advocate, and is licensed to advise in Japan as a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi.

Cellia Cognard, Corporate, Jakarta*
Cellia is a trilingual corporate M&A lawyer with extensive experience in cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and foreign investment transactions, focusing on the financial services, consumer, real estate and TMT sectors. She is admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia, and is fluent in English, French and Bahasa Indonesia.

Joseph Fisher, Corporate, Tokyo
Joseph advises Japanese clients on outbound M&A and joint venture transactions and general corporate matters across sectors, including consumer products, manufacturing and industrials and TMT. He is admitted to practice in New Zealand and in England and Wales, and is licensed to advise in Japan as a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi.

Keith Gamble, Finance, Real Estate and Projects, Tokyo
Keith advises clients on the financing and development of energy and infrastructure assets with experience acting for lenders and borrowers across project finance, acquisition finance and other structured finance products. He is admitted in England and Wales and is licensed to advise in Japan as a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi.

James Gong, Corporate/TMT, Beijing
James has extensive experience in advising clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and general corporate and regulatory issues, specialising in technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) and cyber security/data protection. He has advised a number of multinational clients on TMT-related investment and corporate matters and is frequently quoted by the media.

Michael Long, Disputes, Hong Kong
Michael advises client on high-value and complex commercial disputes. Michael graduated with dual bachelor's degrees in law and economics from the University of Sydney. He has worked in the firm's London, Sydney and Hong Kong offices, and is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, New South Wales, Australia, and Hong Kong.

Tess Lumsdaine, EPI, Hong Kong
Tess is a highly rated disputes lawyer, specialising in advising multinational organisations on a broad range of employment matters across Asia.  She is admitted in New South Wales, Australia, and is qualified to practice in Hong Kong.

Ken Nam, Corporate, Seoul
Ken advises clients on outbound investment transactions and projects with a focus on the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors. He has previously worked in the firm's Sydney office and is admitted in New South Wales, Australia, and is registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant in Korea. Ken is fluent in English and Korean.





Irina Akentjeva

公司事务 – 能源与基础设施


James Allsop



Cellia Cognard



Joseph Fisher



Keith Gamble

工程融资 – 能源与基础设施



公司事务 – 科技、媒体及电信




香港 **

Tess Lumsdaine



Ken Nam

公司事务 – 能源


* Cellia Cognard现正被派驻史密夫斐尔在印度尼西亚的联营所Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung工作。

**根据香港的监管要求,麦克朗及Tess Lumsdaine的职位为Senior Consultant/资深顾问。








Irina Akentjeva,新加坡办公室公司事务部

James Allsop,东京办公室争议解决部

Cellia Cognard,雅加达*公司事务部

Joseph Fisher,东京办公室公司事务部

Keith Gamble,东京办公室金融服务部(房地产及工程)



Tess Lumsdaine,香港办公室劳动法、养老金及激励部

Ken Nam,首尔办公室公司事务部
Ken Nam就海外投资和工程项目为客户提供法律服务,重点执业领域是能源、资源和基础设施行业。他曾在本所的悉尼办公室工作,拥有澳大利亚新南威尔士州执业资格,在韩国注册为外国法律顾问,精通英语和韩语。



Operating from 26 offices across Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America, Herbert Smith Freehills is at the heart of the new global business landscape. It provides premium quality, full-service legal advice on dispute resolution, projects and transactions to many of the world’s most important organisations. The firm has expertise across industry sectors, including banks, consumer products, energy, financial buyers, infrastructure and transport, mining, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, real estate, TMT, and manufacturing and industrials.

With a 30-year history in Asia, Herbert Smith Freehills has over 300 lawyers and legal professionals in the region, advising clients on complex corporate, disputes and finance matters from offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta*, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.

*In Jakarta, Herbert Smith Freehills' international counsel practise alongside its affiliate firm, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, one of Indonesia’s leading commercial and corporate law firms




*史密夫斐尔在雅加达与其联营律师事务所Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung共同执业,Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung是印度尼西亚领先的商业和公司事务律师事务所。

Key contacts

Irina Akentjeva photo

Irina Akentjeva

Partner, Singapore

Irina Akentjeva
James Allsop photo

James Allsop

Partner, Australian Registered Foreign Lawyer (Admitted in England & Wales, not admitted in Australia), Melbourne

James Allsop
Cellia Cognard photo

Cellia Cognard

Partner, Jakarta

Cellia Cognard
Joseph Fisher photo

Joseph Fisher

Partner, Tokyo

Joseph Fisher

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Sally Greig

Head of Communications, Asia

Hong Kong

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Vivian Huang

Communications Manager, China