Gibson Dunn hires Hong Kong funds partner duo from Weil Gotshal

Gibson Dunn has continued its global expansion with the hire of two funds partners from US rival Weil Gotshal & Manges in Hong Kong.

Partners John Fadely and Albert Cho are set to join Gibson Dunn’s investment funds group after eight and four years at Weil respectively.

Fadely joined Weil from Clifford Chance in 2011, after spending two years as a partner at the magic circle firm. Cho joined Weil from rival Kirkland & Ellis in 2014. He relocated to Hong Kong from Kirkland’s New York office in 2008.

Gibson Dunn chairman and managing partner Ken Doran said: “We are focused on building a premier corporate practice in Asia that complements our private equity and M&A practices in the US, Europe and the Middle East. Their addition is another significant step in the growth of our transactional practices globally.”

The duo is the second significant Hong Kong group hire the firm has made in a year.

Last April, it hired Ropes & Gray Hong Kong managing partner Paul Boltz and a team of three other corporate and private equity partners.

Gibson Dunn has also made a number of lateral partner additions to its international offices recently.

The firm made several hires to its London office in 2017, including Serious Fraud Office prosecutor and case controller Sacha Harber-Kelly, as well as two senior London partners from US rival Mayer Brown, namely Allen & Overy City arbitration partner Jeffrey Sullivan and Herbert Smith Freehills energy co-head Anna Howell.

Meanwhile, in June last year, the firm launched litigation and finance practices in Paris with the hire of a four-partner team from Ashurst’s French base.

Earlier this year, the firm posted its 22nd straight year of revenue growth, earning more than $1.64 bn (£1.17bn) in 2017.

Weil Gotshal said: “We wish John and Albert the best in their new roles. Tim Gardner and Charles Ching will continue to lead our Asia practice, which is an important part of our balanced global platform and focused on complex, high stakes transactional matters for corporate and private equity clients.”