Herbert Smith Freehills appoints new Asia disputes head

December 11, 2013 Herbert Smith Freehills has appointed Tokyo managing partner Peter Godwin as the its new regional head of disputes in Asia. He takes on the new responsibilities alongside his existing role.

Godwin succeeds Gavin Lewis, who left the firm to join Linklaters in September.
Godwin has been with legacy Herbert Smith since 1998, and was promoted to the partnership in 2002. He was promoted to the role of managing partner of the Tokyo office in 2010.

“We are seeing a growing number of high value disputes across the entire Asia-Pacific region. This includes litigation in Hong Kong arising from international companies doing business in China, and disputes from deals between China and Australia and Japan and Indonesia, to name just a few examples,” said Godwin. “Competition for this work is also increasing, with a growing number of domestic and international firms targeting these opportunities.”

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