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Herbert Smith Freehills is promoting 33 new counsel and one professional support consultant across the firm. Their appointments take effect on 1 May 2024. 

These promotions demonstrate each lawyer's exceptional client focus and commitment to the firm, as well as their deep technical and specialist skills. 

In line with the firm’s partner promotions this year, the new counsel and professional support consultant will play a key role in strengthening its leading practices and its strategic focus on private capital, energy transition and ESG, as well as tech and cyber risk. 

The firm's new counsel and professional support consultant, and their principal areas of practice, are:  


  • Maisie Ko, Hong Kong:  Corporate – Capital Markets (Of Counsel)*
  • Sornnarin Kongkasem, Bangkok: Disputes – Commercial Litigation (Of Counsel)
  • Chee Hian Kwah, Singapore (Prolegis): Disputes – Financial Services Regulation (Of Counsel)**
  • Junyeon Park, Tokyo: Disputes – Corporate Crime and Investigations (Of Counsel)
  • Marcus Wong, Hong Kong: Finance – Debt Capital Markets (Of Counsel)*
  • Yida Xu, Hong Kong: Corporate – Energy (Of Counsel) *


  • Charlotte Cameron, Perth: Corporate – Equity Capital Markets and M&A (Executive Counsel)
  • Anna Coroneo, Sydney: Corporate – Head Office Advisory and ESG (Executive Counsel)
  • Jacques Giuffre, Perth: Projects, Energy and Infrastructure – Technology and IP (Executive Counsel)
  • Aaron Hayward, Sydney: Disputes – Intellectual Property (Executive Counsel)
  • Gabby Herron-Cartwright, Brisbane: Finance – Energy and Project Finance (Executive Counsel)
  • Kimberley Lean, Melbourne: Real Estate – Core Real Estate (Executive Counsel)
  • Rommo Pandit, Brisbane: EPI/EIRS – Employment (Executive Counsel)
  • Claire Sharpe, Perth: EPI/EIRS – Employment (Executive Counsel)
  • Andrea Sneddon, Sydney: Disputes – Commercial Litigation (Executive Counsel)
  • Robert Withycombe-Taperell, Sydney: Finance – Core Finance (Executive Counsel)


  • Miguel Ángel Barroso López, Madrid: Corporate – Public Law, Emerging Technologies and Data Protection (Of Counsel)
  • Federico Bracalente, Milan: Disputes – Corporate Crime and Investigations (Of Counsel)
  • Philippe Desvignes, Paris: Finance – Structured Finance and Securitisation (Of Counsel)
  • Martin Dijos, Paris: Corporate – Private M&A (Of Counsel)
  • Julian Grant, Dubai: Projects, Energy and Infrastructure – Energy, Infrastructure and Construction (Of Counsel, Australia)
  • Ernst Müller, Johannesburg: ESG (Director)


  • Louise Barber, London: Disputes – International Arbitration, Public International Law and ESG (Of Counsel, Australia)
  • Chris Davis, London: Corporate – Power and Infrastructure (Of Counsel)
  • John Gordon, London: Real Estate – Core Real Estate (Of Counsel)
  • Charlene Kong, London: Finance – Securitisation (Of Counsel)
  • Daniel May, London: Disputes – Commercial Litigation and Class Actions (Of Counsel)
  • Sian McKinley, London: EPI – Employment (Of Counsel)
  • Richard Mendoza, London: Disputes – Company Law Litigation and Director-related Liability (Of Counsel)
  • Stacey Pang, London: Finance – Corporate Debt (Of Counsel)
  • Dominic Rowe, London: Corporate – TMT (Of Counsel, New Zealand)
  • Ian Thomas, London: Disputes – Financial Services Regulation (Of Counsel)


  • Danielle MacGillivray, New York: Finance – Mining, Energy and Resources (Counsel)

Professional support consultant:

  • Kate Wilson, London: Real Estate – Core Real Estate


*To meet local regulatory requirements, Maisie Ko, Marcus Wong and Yida Xu's titles will be Senior Consultant.

**Prolegis LLC is the Formal Law Alliance partner of Herbert Smith Freehills in Singapore. Chee Hian Kwah will have the title of Director.

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