Kennedys adds to Asian aviation team


International law firm Kennedys has appointed three new partners and four solicitors at its Singapore and Hong Kong offices.

Partners, Peng Lim and Anita Quy, join the Singapore office along with a team of four other lawyers. A third partner, Sarah Catchpole, joins from Norton White in Sydney and will be based in Hong Kong.

ALSO READ: Kennedys acquires law firm Gates and Partners

Lim, who will also become Kennedys’ global head of aviation, has over 20 years’ experience in the field and has handled many of the Asia Pacific region’s aircraft catastrophe losses.

Quy advises a wide range of clients in the aviation industry, including insurers, airlines, regulators, general aviation operators, ground handlers and maintenance organisations.

Catchpole has directed crisis management in the aftermath of major aviation accidents.

The trio will be joined by senior associate San San Yeap, associates Hui Yain Yeo, Hermanto Moeljo and Gareth Lang, plus a team of four legal secretaries. The appointments grow Kennedys’ global aviation team to almost 50 legal advisers across the UK and Ireland, Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Nick Thomas, senior partner says: “The arrival of the new aviation team, headed by Peng, significantly strengthens our global aviation capability, bringing expertise in the Asia Pacific market, as well as multi-jurisdictional experience covering Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Peng, Anita and Sarah all have experience advising on high profile aviation matters including major catastrophes and large scale litigation. Bringing them on board is an important step in the continued expansion of our international aviation and insurance businesses.”

Lim says: “Kennedys has a fantastic brand and culture in addition to having an excellent reputation in the insurance and reinsurance sectors. I am pleased to be joining at a time when the firm is expanding its global footprint. My colleagues and I are excited about the firm’s global aviation capabilities and are very much looking forward to the opportunities ahead.”

In 2013, Kennedys merged with aviation and aerospace specialist, Gates and Partners LLP.