Pinsent Masons announces new leadership structure in Asia Pacific

29 Apr 2022 | 03:30 pm | 1 min. read

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has implemented a change in leadership structure in Asia Pacific as it enters its next phase of strategic growth across the region.

Melbourne-based partner, James Morgan-Payler, will take up the newly created position of Head of Asia Pacific and Johanna Murray will become the region’s first COO.

The Asia Pacific Strategic Management Team will also comprise of Matthew Croagh, Head of Australia; Ian Laing, Head of Singapore; Alvin Ho as representative for Hong Kong SAR; Kanyi Lui as representative for mainland China; Melanie Grimmitt, Global Sector Head for Energy; and Hammad Akhtar, Global Practice Group Head for Transactional Services.

Pinsent Masons has experienced continued growth across Asia Pacific over recent years. Revenue has increased by more than 20% over the last three years and headcount across the region has grown from 247 to 277 over the same period. The firm has longstanding bases in China and Singapore and expanded its presence in the region, launching in Melbourne and Sydney in 2016, and Perth in 2017.

It has advised on a series of high-profile mandates, including advising Ventia on its successful bid to become the services contractor for the North East Link, one of the largest road projects in Victoria, Australia's history. In Asia, the firm advised energy giant BP with setting up Guangzhou Aulton New Energy Technology Co Ltd, a business that would provide safe and efficient battery-swapping services for electric vehicle taxis, ride-hailing providers, and other passenger vehicles in Guangzhou, China.

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

“Pinsent Masons is known for its in-depth sectoral expertise, combined with a multinational network that serves our global client base. Connectivity and the ability to provide our breadth of skillsets is highly valued among our clients. Our new management structure will play a vital role in enhancing our client 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 been growing significantly for many years. The firm is committed to investing in the region and ensuring that our leadership remains ready for the opportunities ahead.”

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