3 November – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Denis Brock, regional head of Clifford Chance LLP’s litigation and dispute resolution practice in Asia, is to return to the firm’s London office some time next year. Martin Rogers will succeed Denis in the role before the end of 2005. Both during the period of his transition back to London and thereafter, Denis will continue to be involved in the business of the Asia region, particularly with the firm’s practices in Tokyo and Shanghai, and the firm’s premier insurance practice in the region.
Global head of litigation practice Peter Chaffetz said:
“For over eight years in this role, Denis has provided superb leadership and business management for our litigation practice in Asia. We have a strong team in the region, and we owe Denis our thanks and congratulations on their achievements. Since joining us in 2002, Martin has established himself as one of the most respected lawyers in his field and I am confident that we will continue the impressive growth and development of the Asian practice under his leadership. The fact that Denis will continue to be based in Hong Kong for several months ensures that we will have a smooth transition of client work and management.”
Denis joined Clifford Chance in 1986 and became partner in 1995. He has over 13 years’ experience handling heavy commercial litigation and arbitration in London and Hong Kong in a number of different industry sectors. Denis first transferred to Hong Kong in 1987 and stayed for five years focussing on reinsurance and maritime disputes before returning to London. Denis then returned to Hong Kong in 1997 as partner. In addition to leading the litigation and dispute resolution group, Denis has led the insurance practice in Asia, which has consistently been ranked first by commentators. His practice now focuses on insurance, errors & omissions defence for accountants and lawyers, corporate litigation and China arbitration.
Martin has been based in Hong Kong and Asia for the last 16 years. He joined Clifford Chance from Herbert Smith in 2002, where he was a member of the firm’s senior management team in Asia. He co-leads Clifford Chance’s Asian financial services regulatory group and also practices in insolvency work, general commercial litigation and arbitration. His work focuses on advising the leading investment banks, major commercial banks, large corporates and regulatory authorities.
Clifford Chance’s litigation practice in Asia
Clifford Chance has 7 partners and over 50 lawyers in the Asian litigation practice which is spread across Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Recent highlights include:
– representing the Hong Kong Housing Authority in its successful defeat of a public law challenge to a privatisation of its assets;
– representing the Joint Administrators of the Wang Estate in their long running battles to protect the Estate;
– representing Hilton hotels in their dispute to protect their name in China.
Clifford Chance’s Asian litigation practice was recently recognised by Asian Legal Business as the Commercial Litigation Firm of the Year.