Jurisdiction - China
Asia Pacific – Herbert Smith Appoints new Head of Asia Disputes.

24 November, 2011


Gavin Lewis, appointed head of Herbert Smith dispute resolution practice in Asia.

Gavin Lewis, appointed head of Herbert Smith dispute resolution practice in Asia.



Herbert Smith has announced today the appointment of Gavin Lewis as head of its dispute resolution practice in Asia.  Gavin succeeds Mark Johnson who has become the firm's new Head of Asia.


A partner at Herbert Smith since 2001, Gavin specialises in litigation and regulatory investigations in the financial services sector.  He has been based in Hong Kong since 1998, having joined the firm in London in 1996. From 2006 to 2008, Gavin was a Managing Director at UBS AG in Hong Kong, heading their litigation and regulatory function in Asia-Pacific, covering offices in 13 countries.  He rejoined the Herbert Smith's litigation and regulatory practice in Hong Kong in September 2008.


Herbert Smith's Asia disputes team, which currently numbers 18 partners and around 80 associates based in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the PRC, Singapore and Thailand, enjoys a preeminent reputation in the market place for the strength and depth of its commercial litigation, international arbitration and investigations expertise. The practice complements the firm's existing disputes strengths in Russia and the CIS, Europe and the Middle East perfectly, with teams increasingly working across offices and time zones.


As head of Herbert Smith's disputes resolution practice in Asia, Gavin will take a lead role in the development and implementation of the firm's disputes strategy in this region, in coordination with the rest of the firm's global disputes capability. 


Mark Johnson, head of Herbert Smith Asia, commented:


"I am very pleased to have someone of Gavin's experience working with the rest of the Asia management team.  Gavin has been based in Asia for many years and understands well the challenges facing our clients. 


Herbert Smith has the premier disputes practice in all the six countries where it practices in the region and I am confident the team will continue to grow strategically and prosper under his leadership."


Sonya Leydecker, head of Herbert Smith's global dispute resolution practice, added:


"I am delighted about Gavin's appointment to this important leadership role. He will guide the further growth of our very successful practices across Asia, look for opportunities for us and play a leading role in the continued integration of the disputes practice globally. I look forward to working with him."


For further information, please contact:


Wendy Kam, Herbert Smith

[email protected]

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