Pinsent Masons Announces New Leadership Structure in Asia Pacific


Melbourne-based partner James Morgan-Payler will take on the newly created role of head of Asia-Pacific and Johanna Murray will become the region’s first COO.

The strategic management team for Asia-Pacific will also include Matthew Croagh, head of Australia; Ian Laing, Singapore Director; Alvin Ho as representative for Hong Kong; Kanyi Liu as representative for China; Melanie Grimmitt, Head of Global Energy Sector; and Hammad Akhtar, Global Practice Group Leader for Transactional Services.

Pinsent Masons has experienced continued growth throughout the Asia-Pacific region over the past few years. Revenue has increased by more than 20% over the past three years and headcount in the region has grown from 247 to 277 over the same period. The company has long-standing bases in China and Singapore and has expanded its presence in the region, launching in Melbourne and Sydney in 2016, and Perth in 2017.

He has advised on a series of high-profile assignments, including advising Ventia on its successful bid to become the service contractor for the North East Link, one of the largest road projects in the history of Victoria, Australia . In Asia, the company advised energy giant BP in the establishment of Guangzhou Aulton New Energy Technology Co Ltd, a company that would provide safe and efficient battery swap services for electric vehicle taxis, power suppliers carpooling and other passenger vehicles in Guangzhou, China. .

James Morgan-Payler, Head of Asia-Pacific, said:

“Pinsent Masons is known for its deep industry expertise, combined with a multinational network serving our global client base. The connectivity and ability to provide our range of skills is highly valued by our customers. Our new management structure will play a vital role in improving our customer service delivery as we continue to grow and mature across Asia Pacific.

John Cleland, Managing Partner at Pinsent Masons, said:

“The Asia-Pacific region has experienced significant growth for many years. The company is committed to investing in the region and ensuring our leadership remains ready for future opportunities.


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