DLA Piper shakes up Asia leadership with new managing and senior partners

DLA Piper has shaken up its Asia leadership structure, appointing three senior lawyers to lead its operations on the ground in the region.

Shanghai corporate partner Qiang Li and Hong Kong litigation partner Satpal Gobindpuri will become co-regional managing partners, starting on 1 September, while Shanghai-based corporate partner Roy Chan, who currently shares the firm’s China practice leadership with Li, has been appointed Asia senior partner.

Gobindpuri and Li will be responsible for day-to-day management and operations while Chan will look after strategy and client development for the region.

San Diego partner Terence O’Malley will continue to chair the firm’s Asia committee, which he sits on alongside global co-chief executives Simon Levine in London and Jay Rains, also in San Diego.

O’Malley and Rains took over Asia management in 2014 alongside then Australian managing partner Andrew Darwin, who was later replaced on the committee by Levine. In 2014, former DLA Asia-Pacific managing director Bob Charlton left the firm to become Asia head for Berwin Leighton Paisner.

Gobindpuri, who currently heads up DLA’s Asia litigation practice, has been at DLA since 1992, while Li only arrived at the firm last year from O’Melveny & Myers. Chan, also a long-serving DLA lawyer, relocated from Hong Kong in 2002 to launch the Shanghai office for the firm.

O’Malley said: “[Chan, Li and Gobindpuri] represent a good mix of both long-standing and relatively new partners that share our vision of dynamic growth in key practice areas consistent with our global offering.”

In addition to regional management positions, DLA will also replace Hong Kong managing partner Kevin Chan with real estate partner Susheela Rivers. Chan will succeed Gobindpuri as Asia head of litigation. Hong Kong partner Luke Gannon will take over as Asia head of corporate from Paul Chen, who is moving back to the firm’s Silicon Valley office.