Herbert Smith changes Asia management and construction group chief

January 9, 2009 Herbert Smith has established two new regional management roles in Asia.

Hong Kong corporate partner Andrew Tortoishell will become Greater China Managing Partner, responsible for overseeing implementation of the firm's strategy relating to its Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai offices. A partner since 1994, he will report to the head of Asia, Ashley Alder, and liaise closely with regional and global practice area heads on practice development matters.

Austin Sweeney, a corporate partner who is currently head of the firm's Singapore office, will become South East Asia Managing Partner responsible for the development of Herbert Smith's practices in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. Austin became a partner in 2004, following a two-year stint in Herbert Smith's Tokyo office.

Austin will also report to Ashley and have similar management responsibilities to Andrew and to Tokyo Managing Partner Steve Lewis.

The firm also announced that it has appointed London-based partner Mark Lloyd-Williams as head of its construction group.

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