HONG KONG, July 30, 2013 – Nigel Binnersley and Kristi Swartz have joined the international law firm Bryan Cave LLP as partners in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Binnersley will practice with Bryan Cave’s Commercial Litigation Client Service Group and Swartz will practice with the Transactions Client Service Group.

“The additions of Nigel and Kristi and their team strengthen our ability to advise clients with multinational operations,” said Therese Pritchard, partner in Bryan Cave’s Washington, D.C. office and Asia Practice Coordinator. “Our new partners’ experience, insight and leadership qualities will enhance our China practice and our Singapore disputes resolution team.”

Binnersley acts both in litigation and commercial matters, with an emphasis on international trade and carriage disputes involving commercial litigation in the courts and arbitration/mediation, conflict of law disputes, maritime, insurance, and asset finance. Binnersley assists client in navigating the complexities of their business in areas such as High Court and arbitration/mediation in Hong Kong, London, China and throughout Asia. On the commercial side, he advises on joint ventures, foreign direct investment, setting up businesses in Hong Kong and China, shareholders agreements, employment advice, personal injury defense and claims work, and asset sale and purchase.

Swartz concentrates her practice in mergers and acquisitions and private equity as well as public companies and capital formation. She has a particular focus in corporate finance, Securities & Futures Commission of Hong Kong enquiries, licensing and enforcement, restructuring, joint ventures and Hong Kong Stock Exchange enquiries. Swartz has experience with SFC and HKEx Listing and compliance issues. She has acted for, and successfully defended, both companies and directors on enquiries and investigations. Swartz has extensive experience dealing with compliance issues and market misconduct cases and has successfully defended both companies and directors confronted with allegations of market manipulation and insider dealing.

Binnersley received his law degree from Chester Law School/College of Law in 1982 and his LLB in 1981 from University College of Wales. Swartz received her LLM in 1998 from University of Hong Kong, her Graduate Degree of Law in 1996 from College of Law in London, her MBA in 1994 from University of Central Texas and her BBA in 1992 from University of Texas-Austin.

Bryan Cave LLP  has a diversified international legal practice. The firm represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Subsidiary Bryan Cave International Consulting provides trade and customs consultancy. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s more than 1,100 lawyers and other professionals in over 30 offices across the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia efficiently serve clients’ needs in the world’s key business and financial markets.