Hogan Lovells Bolsters Leading BRI Practice in Asia with Singapore Hire

LONDON/SINGAPORE, 14 August 2014

Hogan Lovells has recruited Damien Coles to join its Singapore finance practice as a BRI partner. Damien joins today, 14 August 2014.

Damien joins from O'Melveny & Myers, and has a reputation as one of the best young restructuring lawyers in the region. He was named a Leading Individual for Restructuring and Insolvency in Chambers Asia 2013 and IFLR Asia 2013. Hogan Lovells has a tier one BRI practice in Hong Kong and is recognised as a market leader in Asia, recently winning Restructuring Team of the Year at the IFLR Asia Awards 2014.

Damien specializes in special situations financings, distressed acquisitions, restructuring and insolvency; and has extensive experience of advising on cross-border investments, restructurings and insolvency proceedings throughout Asia, with a particular focus on Indonesia, India and Thailand. High profile clients he has advised include ANZ, BofAML, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.

Damien's arrival follows the recent announcement of the arrival of BRI disputes partner Shaun Langhorne in August, marking the fourth partner hire into Hogan Lovells Singapore office in 2014.

Commenting on Damien's arrival, Sharon Lewis, global head of Hogan Lovells' finance practice, said:
"Damien has an excellent reputation in the market and is a welcome addition to our Asia BRI practice.  Combined with our expertise in Hong Kong, his arrival allows us to provide an unrivalled breadth of BRI legal expertise in the Asian market."

Damien added:
"Hogan Lovells has a thriving global finance practice and highly regarded BRI team in Hong Kong, whom I look forward to working with closely. The firms' long standing and clear commitment to Asia, the global platform, and their market-leading reputation make this an exciting move for me."

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