Law Firm Announces New Partner in Hong Kong Complex Commercial Litigat…

Law Firm Announces New Partner in Hong Kong Complex Commercial Litigation Practice

Hong Kong, July 30, 2007 – LAWFUEL – The Law Firm Newswire – Charles Allen in the Hong Kong office of Sidley Austin is among the 36 associates and counsel elevated to partnership in the firm, which now has 659 partners in offices in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Mr. Allen is a new partner in the Complex Commercial Litigation practice.

“All of our new partners embody the client service values and collegial culture of Sidley, in addition to being exceptionally talented lawyers,” said Thomas A. Cole, chair of the firm’s Executive Committee. “We are proud to have them join Sidley’s partnership.”

“Charles has been an integral member of the Sidley team in Hong Kong and is wholly deserving of this honour,” added William O. Fifield, managing partner in the Greater China Region. “He has earned the respect of his clients and colleagues. We welcome him to our partnership and appreciate his continued dedication to the firm.”

Charles Allen, 46, is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, as well as in England and Wales. Practising in Hong Kong since 1995, he conducts high value, complex commercial litigation and arbitration for clients throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Mr. Allen, who had been a consultant, received his LL.B. from University College London.

Sidley also named the following to partnership in its other offices: Brussels – Arnoud R. Willems; Chicago – Michael C. Andolina, Jeannette K. Arazi, John A. Chamberlin, Anny C. Huang, Kenneth P. Kansa, Christopher P. Lokken, Brian A. McAleenan, Daniel J. Neppl, Clinton R. Uhlir, Robert L. Verigan and J. Randal Wexler; Frankfurt – Jérôme S. Friedrich; London – Jonathan Edge, Theresa D. Kradjian and Paul Matthews; Los Angeles – Aimee M. Contreras-Camua, Sandra S. Fujiyama, Kelly L.C. Kriebs, Jennifer A. Ratner and Robert M. Stone; New York – Laura M. Barzilai, Madeleine J. Dowling, Lynn A. Dummett, Isaac S. Greaney, Joseph Kelly, Dennis M. Manfredi and Aryeh H. Zarchan; San Francisco – Teague I. Donahey; Tokyo – Akira Nakazawa; Washington, D.C. – Kevin J. Campion, Mark B. Langdon, Eric A. Shumsky, Eric M. Solovy and John K. Van De Weert, Jr.

Notes to Editors:
Sidley is one of the world’s largest full-service law firms, with more than 1,700 lawyers practicing in 16 U.S. and international cities including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. In 2006, Sidley was named to Legal Business’ Global Elite, their designation for “the 15 finest law firms in the world.” Sidley was again named the number one law firm for overall client service by BTI, a Boston-based consulting and research firm, in 2007. BTI has also named Sidley to their Client Service Hall of Fame as one of only two law firms to rank in the Client Service Top 10 for six years in a row.

The Hong Kong litigation team, now comprising three partners and five associates, handles contentious business for clients doing business in Asia. In addition to conducting disputes before the Hong Kong courts, the team conducts domestic and international arbitration in the Asia-Pacific Region and elsewhere and regularly advises transactional clients on the potentially litigious aspects of their deals.

Sidley Austin LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership, operates in affiliation with other partnerships, including Sidley Austin LLP, an Illinois limited liability partnership, Sidley Austin (UK) LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership (through which the London office operates), Sidley Austin, a New York general partnership (through which the Hong Kong office operates), and in Tokyo, the firm operates as Sidley Austin Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho, in association with Nishikawa & Partners. The affiliated partnerships are referred to herein collectively as Sidley Austin, Sidley or the firm.

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