Who we are

Ashford Benjamin was founded with the belief that search firms should offer a better service to clients and candidates. This means taking the time to provide a genuine partnership, understanding our clients’ and candidates’ needs, and pro-actively advising on the best course of action, utilising the decades of experience we have in the legal and compliance search industry.

Our Mission

To create a new type of legal and compliance search firm. One that combines responsiveness with thorough analysis, knowledge and intellectual rigour, to provide an accurate, comprehensive service. A search firm that is not afraid to question the purpose in each search, and work collaboratively to ensure the best outcome for all confirmed. A search firm that is happy to decline work that is not in the best interests of all concerned. A search firm that is not afraid to advise professionals to stay where they are, if that is the best course of action for their long term goals. A search firm that has the flexibility to offer a genuinely bespoke consultancy service to the legal and compliance professions.

To do this

We employ recognised legal and compliance industry experts, with a reputation for integrity and a genuine passion for providing the best service in the market to our clients and candidates. Our people are judged on the quality of service they provide, which is monitored through feedback from both employers and job-seekers, and the number of successful, long-term placements they make, not by metrics that only benefit the search firm. We believe our success stems from passionately upholding the beliefs and values we have developed over decades of serving our clients and candidates’ needs.

What we are

  • A niche, boutique executive search firm, focusing on legal and compliance
  • Highly selective, partnering with clients and candidates who share our core values
  • Recognised experts in our fields, advising on what we know
  • A personal one-on-one service to clients and candidates
  • Focused on achieving genuine, tangible results for our clients and candidates
 
Legal & Compliance Executive Search Firm in Hong Kong
Integrity

Integrity

The cornerstone on which we have built our reputation, and our most essential value

Commitment

Commitment

We will only work with clients and candidates to whom we can commit 100%

Tranparency

Transparency

Regular reporting of search progress, with full disclosure of methodology

Proactivity

Pro-activity

We actively scour the market for the best talent, leaving nothing to chance

Expertise

Expertise

We demand all of our consultants are genuine experts in their chosen fields

Our Staff

Ben Cooper - Managing Director

Ben Cooper

Managing Partner

Ben is a Barrister of England & Wales (Middle Temple) and previously practised employment law in London, before moving into executive search. He has over a decade of experience completing search mandates for lawyers and compliance professionals on a global basis.

He has been awarded Best Recruitment Consultant in Asia-Pacific by Global Recruiter and awarded Best Legal & Compliance Headhunter in Asia-Pacific by AsiaMoney.

He moved to Hong Kong in January, 2010, and has been highly successful in the legal recruitment market since then, placing lawyers and compliance professionals from mid to senior level. He founded Ashford Benjamin Ltd, with the firm belief that the legal market in Hong Kong deserved a better, new kind of search firm.

Ben is a regular contributor to legal journals and is actively involved with furthering the legal profession in Hong Kong; being regularly invited to sit on industry discussion panels and regularly attending Hong Kong Law Society functions.

Aside from legal recruitment, Ben sits on the fund-raising committee of Liberty Asia – an anti-slavery charity, and has advised students on legal careers at Hong Kong University’s Law School.

Ben can be reached at ben.cooper@ashford-benjamin.com or on +852 3972 5746.

Mohit Savalani - Partner

Mohit Savalani

Partner

Mohit has been working in the legal industry since 2010. He is renowned in the market in Asia for his in-depth knowledge of the legal sector and his thorough understanding of both his clients’ and candidates’ needs. He has successfully completed search assignments for mid-senior lawyers, including Partner and General Counsel appointments with top-tier international law firms, MNCs, fund houses, insurance companies and bulge bracket investment banks. His previous role before joining Ashford Benjamin was as the Head of Legal Search for a boutique search firm in Hong Kong.

During his tenure, his team were awarded Best Legal Recruitment Team in Hong Kong by the Recruitment International Awards in 2015 and 2016. Additionally, at the Global Recruiter Awards in 2015, Mohit was commended as a finalist for Best Recruitment Consultant in the APAC region.

Mohit was born and raised in Hong Kong and attended The University of Manchester for his further education. He has grown to be one of Hong Kong’s leading legal recruiters due to his excellent delivery and service.

Mohit can be reached at msavalani@ashford-benjamin.com or on +852 3972 5747.

Michael Allen - Partner

Michael Allen

Partner

Michael specialises in the placement of legal professionals into in-house positions in banking and financial services across Asia. He has established a strong client and candidate base and has successfully placed a large number of lawyers into banks, asset management and private equity firms from Vice President to Chief Legal Officer level. Michael’s excellent relationships with the majority of senior in-house lawyers in Hong Kong, plus his personal network of top tier financial services lawyers, means the majority of his search mandates are exclusively retained.

Michael has a degree in Business, and experience working in both London and Hong Kong. He started his career in 2010 in London at a global recruitment firm across banking and alternative investments, before joining an international search firm in 2014 and moving to Hong Kong.

Michael can be reached at mallen@ashford-benjamin.com or on +852 3972 5743.

Sup Iyer - Senior Consultant

Sup Iyer

Principal Consultant

Sup is an experienced legal search consultant in the APAC region. His in-depth understanding of the in-house and the private practice sectors has allowed him to successfully cater to the needs of clients and candidates, over a number of years in the industry.

He has successfully headhunted and placed lawyers at all levels to top-tier international law firms, financial institutions and MNCs across the APAC Region. Prior to joining Ashford Benjamin, he was a consultant at a boutique legal search firm in Hong Kong, where he was part of the team that was awarded the Best Legal Recruitment Team in Hong Kong by the Recruitment International Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Sup grew up in Hong Kong and attended Ryerson University in Canada. Since returning to Hong Kong he has gained significant knowledge and understanding of the Asian legal market, allowing him to provide excellent service and consultation to both clients and candidates.

Sup can be reached at either sup.iyer@ashford-benjamin.com or +852 3972 5745.

Suki Wong - Senior Consultant

Suki Wong

Senior Consultant

Suki began her career in executive search in 2014, specialising in private practice (International and HK independent law firms). She has successfully headhunted and placed lawyers across different PQE and practice areas such as: corporate, litigation, finance, asset finance, employment, funds and intellectual property. She also has experience in assisting lawyers from local law firms stepping up to an international law firm, as well as advising a number of private practice lawyers on their first in-house move. Suki has built a reputation for listening closely to her candidates’ needs and giving them objective career advice, which means many of her candidates work with her exclusively.

Suki grew up in Hong Kong and moved to UK for education when she was 12. She completed her Bachelor and Masters degrees at Bangor University and Glasgow Caledonia University.

Suki can be reached at swong@ashford-benjamin.com or on +852 3972 5744.

Suki Wong - Senior Consultant

Mimi cheung

Associate

Mimi has successfully headhunted and placed a large number of lawyers into top tier international law firms and financial institutions. Mimi takes a long-term view when giving career advice to candidates, which is invaluable when helping them to achieve their career goals. She is regarded as a genuine expert in the Hong Kong legal recruitment market, and represents highly sought-after candidates from a range of legal disciplines, in their search for private practice, and in-house opportunities.

Mimi can be reached at mcheung@ashford-benjamin.com or on +852 3972 5742.

Suki Wong - Senior Consultant

Louis Feighan

Associate

Louis was brought up in Scotland, and has developed a strong network of lawyers across Hong Kong and Singapore, since relocating to Hong Kong. He has helped a number of these to secure roles in both Private Practice and In-House across Asia. Recent examples have been successfully placing junior to mid-level lawyers In-House with investment banks, fintech and asset managers, as well as placements into international Private Practice law firms. He specialises in the placement of Banking, Corporate, Global Markets, and Investment Funds lawyers across the APAC region.

Louis can be reached at lfeighan@ashford-benjamin.com or on +852 3972 5741.

Testimonials

We do all we can to promote and maintain a good working relationship with each of our partners, read a selection of recent testimonials and feedback from both candidates and clients.

Ben is an outstanding recruitment professional par excellence. He has great experience of the region and knows the right people and the right talent for the right role. Certainly, a stand-out in the Hong Kong recruitment industry!

General Counsel

Global Asset Management Firm

Ashford Benjamin have filled a number of legal roles in our organisation in recent years, including three Executive Director level hires. They have consistently produced comprehensive shortlists for all the searches on which we have instructed them, and have succeeded in filling roles in specialist areas that are notoriously hard to fill. They are responsive, knowledgeable, and we feel confident that we have hired the best possible lawyers in the market for our team.

Managing Director

Top Tier Global Financial Institution

AB are incredibly proactive.  They called me within a week of me starting my new role to find out what the hiring needs were for the team.  They were the only search firm to do so.  They are also consistently the firm who comes up with the best longlist of potential candidates, even for a niche area.  Really recommend them.

Financial Regulatory Partner

Top Tier Global Law Firm