DLA Piper appoints strategic leadership roles in Asia employment practice

Helen Colquhoun and Johnny Choi take on new roles

DLA Piper appoints strategic leadership roles in Asia employment practice

DLA Piper has enhanced its Asia employment practice with two strategic appointments.

Helen Colquhoun has been appointed as head of employment for Asia. She previously headed up the firm’s Hong Kong employment practice.

Colquhoun joined DLA Piper in 2017 and has been critical in successfully growing its Hong Kong employment practice over the past five years. She advises clients on complex employment matters across a range of sectors. Her work includes advising employers in Hong Kong and across APAC on a wide range of issues including investigations, contracts and policies, incentive and remuneration schemes, disputes, restrictive covenants, outsourcings and restructurings.

The firm has also appointed Johnny Choi to lead its Greater Bay Area employment initiative. Currently head of employment for China, Choi will expand his existing China role. He joined the firm in 2015, supporting multinational clients on all types of legal matters that involve their employees, including employment contracts, remuneration, data privacy, layoffs, employee IP infringements and ethical violations.

DLA Piper currently has employment lawyers based in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, Tokyo and Bangkok.

“I am delighted about these appointments and the prospects for our firm in China and across Asia under Helen and Johnny’s leadership,” said Satpal Gobindpuri, regional head of Asia. “This is a critical element in our Asia strategy and I am confident that they will succeed in delivering our objectives to be the firm of choice for clients in Asia.”

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