International law firm Sidley Austin has relocated partner Allen C. Kim to its Hong Kong offices after 15 years of United States-based practice. In a move to boost the firm's dispute resolution efforts, Kim will shift from its Los Angeles offices, bringing experience in complex litigation and international arbitration.

In recent times, Kim has handled international arbitration and litigation matters for the LG group companies, Samsung group companies and General Electric. On top of these high-profile clients, Kim also brings broad experience with Korean conglomerates, Korean financial institutions and Korean governmet agencies to SidleyÆs Hong Kong offices.

His arrival in Hong Kong will bolster the firm's dispute resolution practice headcount here to nine and comes as Sidley Austin is seeing its client base, including Asian multinationals, expand significantly.

Elsewhere in Sidley AustinÆs Hong Kong operations, Jason Elder has risen the ranks to become a partner starting from July 1. A part of the US corporate group, Elder has worked on an array of corporate finance transactions, particularly toning his skills on global offerings of equity securities and a range of high-yield, hybrid and structured debt products.

Additionally, Elder has experience in early-round private equity financing and cross-border mergers and acquisitions in the US and Asia.

ElderÆs elevation increases the number of partners in Sidley AustinÆs Asia regional practice to 16, eleven of whom are based in Hong Kong.