Bird & Bird appoints Chief Operating Officer for Greater China

16 August 2012

Justin Walkey, Lorraine Tay, Marcus Chow, Richard Keady

Bird & Bird is pleased to announce the appointment of John Chiu as COO for Greater China and Corporate Development Officer for Asia. John will play an important role in the firm’s ambitious plans for the region.

John first joined Bird & Bird in Hong Kong in 2010 as its Finance & Administration Director and he has been instrumental to the development of Bird & Bird's Asian offices. He has over 25 years experience in the professional services sector specialising in finance, administration and general management. John has spent the past 19 years in the Asia Pacific region during which time he successfully developed and operated multiple offices in China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Bird & Bird has invested significantly in the implementation of high level management and business services to ensure it meets the increasing requirements of its rapidly growing partnership and broader service offering to local and international clients throughout the Asian region.

Justin Walkey, Chairman of the China Executive Committee (China ExCo) commented: “John's appointment is an integral part of Bird & Bird's international development strategy to put in place high level management and operational structures, and further reinforces our commitment to clients in the Asia Pacific region. His knowledge and understanding of the firm's long-term management and financial strategy made him the best man for the job. This is an exciting time for Bird & Bird in Asia.”

John's appointment follows on from the impressive number of lateral senior and team hires in the region so far this year. Most recently these have included partner Padraig Walsh, two associates and company secretary to its corporate practice, and partner Richard Keady and three associates to its dispute resolution practice in Hong Kong and China, and David Renton to head its Energy and Utilities Group for the Asia Pacific region.

Earlier this year Bird & Bird's expansion drive included the appointments of dispute resolution partner Catherine Mun and corporate partners Xia Chao and John Koh to its Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, and IP partner Lorraine Tay and corporate partner Marcus Chow in Singapore.

These new appointments bring the total number of partners in the region to 28.