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HFW continues international investment with Partner promotions

11 March 2015

Reflecting its international reach and client base, Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has today announced Partner promotions in four of its international offices and in line with its focus on sector specialisation. The promotions are effective from 1 April 2015.

In São Paulo, Geoffrey Conlin‘s promotion enables the firm to continue growing its insurance and reinsurance practice in Brazil and across the Latin America region. He has handled some significant matters in the energy (onshore and offshore), property, marine, powergen and casualty (including D&O) sectors and his presence in the region is valued by clients. Geoffrey relocated from London to São Paulo in 2013.

In Hong Kong, the firm welcomes corporate lawyer Brendan Fyfe to the partnership. A banking and natural resources specialist, his promotion reflects HFW’s growing transactional capabilities in Asia. Brendan acts for banks and borrowers on finance matters, and also advises on mining and energy projects, having worked extensively in the mining sector before becoming a lawyer.

In London, Richard Strub has been promoted to partnership within the shipping litigation practice. Richard specialises in charterparty, bill of lading and ship sale and building disputes and is widely recognised for his expertise in handling both court and arbitration proceedings.

In Sydney, Nick Watts joins the partnership to support the continued growth of the firm’s construction practice, in particular across Australia and throughout Asia where the firm is seeing significant opportunities in infrastructure and supply chain projects. Nick’s promotion comes on the back of the recent hiring of industry-leading construction lawyers Amanda Davidson OAM and Carolyn Chudleigh, also based in Sydney.

Richard Crump, HFW’s Senior Partner said: “We are delighted to welcome these high calibre individuals, with the range of skills they bring, to the partnership. The international spread of these promotions reflects entirely our commitment to international expansion in our core sectors of focus and ensures that we continue to provide clients with the service and capability they require in the markets in which they operate.”

For more information, please contact Tania Phayre, Head of Marketing & Business Development, on +44 (0)20 7264 8546 or email

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