Law firm Bryan Cave has made three new leadership appointments to its international trade practice.

Cecil Leong is currently the managing director and chief executive officer of Bryan Cave international trade, the firm’s Asia-based trade and customs consultancy, and will be given extra responsibilities to act as deputy leader for the group as well as coordinate the firm’s legal and consulting services in international trade.

Evan Chuck, managing partner of the firm’s Shanghai office, will serve as leader of Bryan Cave’s international trade client service group.

Chuck began his career in Washington, DC and currently works out of both the Shanghai and LA offices.

As well as internal trade matters, his practice includes international transactions, with significant emphasis on cross-border acquisitions, project development and government regulatory compliant matters in Asia.

Furthermore, Ren Hayhurst, managing partner of the company’s Irvine office, will take on responsibilities of coordinating the firms legal and trade practices in Asia.

“Our ‘one firm’ philosophy facilitates utilising the reach and resources provided by our international trade capacity in Europe, the US and across Asia,” comments Don Lents, Bryan Cave’s chairman. “Evan, Cecil and Ren are committed to building on those strengths and to working together with our network of offices and practice groups to identify opportunities that best serve our client’s needs.”

Bryan Cave’s international trade group provides advice to multinational corporations on subjects such as export controls, customs, antidumping and countervailing duties, complex cross-border transactions and WTO matters.