Clydes sets out HK growth plans with two new joiners

Clyde & Co has reshuffled its international heads with its managing partner for Abu Dhabi moving over to take charge in Hong Kong.

Abu Dhabi head Christopher Jobson will move over from the Middle East to Hong Kong, taking up a regional management role and sitting on the firm’s Asia Pacific management board.

Jobson is a marine and disputes partner who joined the firm from Eversheds in 2014, where he served as its regional chairman in the Middle East.

He will be replaced in Abu Dhabi by Alfred Thornton, an insurance and disputes lawyer who was promoted to partner just two years ago.

The rejig is part of a strategic objective by Clydes to ramp up growth in the marine and aviation sectors in the Asia Pacific region. As part of this, the firm has also hired HFW partner Peter Coles as a partner in Hong Kong. Coles is an aviation lawyer who joined HFW in 2011. His move to Clydes represents a return of sorts for Coles, who spent a decade at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert before its merger with the UK firm.

Clydes’ senior partner Simon Konsta said: “For a number of us who have worked with Peter previously this is a pleasant case of being able to welcome him back.

“The combination of Peter focusing on the aviation sector and Chris focusing on marine and arbitration is exciting both in terms of our offering to clients, and the capability it adds to our existing transport practices in the Asia Pacific. This growth comes at a time when those sectors are growing rapidly in the region.”

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