Energy partner Lewis McDonald has relocated to Herbert Smith Freehills' Tokyo office after four years establishing the firm's successful practice in South Korea.
From Japan, he will maintain his practice of advising Korean and Japanese companies and will retain oversight of the firm's energy practice in Seoul, supported by Ken Nam. He will continue to manage significant cross-border and international energy and resources projects, working closely with Tokyo corporate partners Graeme Preston, Andy Blacoe and Damien Roberts.
Last October, Lewis was appointed to lead the firm's Asia corporate practice, a cross-regional role with responsibility for over 20 partners across nine offices in Asia.
"In just over four years, Lewis and his team built our Seoul practice into one of the largest foreign law firms in the country and a top-tier energy practice," said Justin D'Agostino, Managing Partner, Asia and Australia.
"Having worked in our Seoul, Singapore, London, Hong Kong, Perth and now Tokyo offices, he has truly global experience of the energy and natural resources sectors and he brings additional North Asia and energy experience to our successful corporate practice in Tokyo."
Korean partner Dongho Lee has replaced Lewis as office managing partner in Seoul, and will work alongside Chief Representative and partner Mike McClure in leading a team of 15 lawyers and staff in Seoul.