David Swain joins Lewis Silkin as partner in Hong Kong

13 January 2021

David Swain joins Lewis Silkin as partner in Hong Kong

David Swain has joined Lewis Silkin as partner and head of the firm’s intellectual property practice in its Hong Kong office, where he will also spearhead the Asia launch of the firm’s IP practice.

Swain will oversee a significant expansion of the firm’s offering in Hong Kong, which until now has been focused on employment and immigration services, by inaugurating Lewis Silkin’s IP practice group in the Asia-Pacific market. He will sit on Lewis Silkin’s China Desk alongside colleagues in the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong, and also work closely with employment partners Kathryn Weaver (Head of the Hong Kong office) and Catherine Leung to further enhance the firm’s stature across the Asia-Pacific region.

Swain will advise clients on a range of non-contentious IP issues across all IP assets, from patents and trademarks to design rights and copyright. He has a wealth of experience in advising clients in relation to commercial IP matters, including complex licensing, assignment and distribution agreements, and the IP issues that arise from corporate transactions, particularly in the media and entertainment, tech and life sciences sectors. He also has notable experience in data and privacy law.

He joins Lewis Silkin from the law firm Deacons, and his hire makes him the third partner in Lewis Silkin’s Hong Kong office, alongside Weaver and Leung. His addition is also part of a trio of partner hires marking a significant expansion to the firm’s IP and corporate practices globally. Fellow IP lawyer Antony Craggs joins the London office as an IP litigation partner, while Geraint Tilsley joins as partner to expand the firm’s corporate practice in Cardiff. He is an active member of the Licensing Executives Society International and the LES China Hong Kong sub-chapter.

Lewis Silkin is a commercial law firm with offices in London, Oxford, Cardiff, Dublin and Hong Kong.

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