Our Team

Angus Ropner - Hong Kong

Angus Ropner - Hong Kong

Managing Director

Angus Ropner has a wealth of experience working across the legal sector in both Europe and Asia. He has advised and successfully placed partners and associates across a variety of practice areas, into UK and US law firms, as well as having an excellent network of contacts within the in-house market.

Angus takes a long term view when working with both law firms and candidates using a consultative approach. This in turn drives law firm success, as well as assisting candidates achieve their personal career goals.

Angus is a keen fisherman and also enjoys travelling, having extensively explored five out of seven continents.

M: +852 6604 9667
D: +852 3752 0640

Max Fredrik Darnton - HK | London

Max Fredrik Darnton - HK | London

max fredrik darnton
Managing Director

Max Fredrik Darnton has a global network of investment and private wealth professionals. He has made senior placements and business introductions in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He has experience working on the ground in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and UAE.

Max and his team have successfully helped firms build new investment divisions, upgrade existing staff and add talent to organisations to increase their revenue and geographical presence.

Currently based in between our Hong Kong and London offices, Max focuses on strategic recruiting for investment funds, family offices and private banks.

Max also represents three family offices in strategic consulting matters; and uses his extensive network to link buyers and sellers to engage in potential investment opportunities.

His team represents both clients and senior candidates exclusively, with a long term view.

Max is a keen kick-boxer and chess player.

M +852 9221 7036
M: + 44 774 263 3777

Claire Chauvel - Singapore

Claire Chauvel - Singapore

Claire Chauvel

Claire Chauvel heads the Asia Pacific Digital & Technology Practice (TMT) at Ropner Fredriks, covering industry-agnostic technology related to companies involved in all aspects of the Internet of Things (IOT), from clients running a customer engagement artificial intelligence platform to greenfield research centres and the traditional Telecom & Media companies globally.

With over 15 years of experience as a senior professional in the Satellite Communication industry, Claire takes a consultative approach while extending her corporate expertise to help drive business success through the appointment of high impact talent. She has a solid track record working with high growth businesses including start-ups, as well as advising organizations experiencing turnaround or transformation.

A true business partner, Claire works hand-in-hand with Private Equity firms on confidential appointments across portfolios, as well as with listed and privately-held family businesses. Typical roles include General Managers, Managing Directors and CEO's GM and MD's with Regional or Country wide coverage in Asia Pacific and China in particular.

A French/Dutch national and a Permanent Resident of Singapore, Claire holds a Bachelor's degree from The Hague University in Applied Sciences in International Business Management, Finance and Communications and a major in Corporate Strategy from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom.

Claire is married, has lived in Asia since 2003, and is an avid hiker and dog lover.

She is fluent in French, Dutch, English and Italian.

JV Partners:

Evan Jowers - Hong Kong

Evan Jowers - Hong Kong


We have a joint venture with Jowers | Vargas in order to better serve both recruiting firms’ client needs. We also share office space in New York.

Evan Jowers is based in Hong Kong and has had extraordinary success in big law recruiting, particularly in Asia, having made over 330 US attorney big law placements in Asia since 2006. His focus is moving US associates, counsel and partners to Asia and within Asia, with particular emphasis on Hong Kong / China. Evan has represented and career advised the majority of the recently promoted or entry level laterally hired US partners, over the past few years, at the top tier US firms in Hong Kong / China. Most of these attorneys Evan has had relationships with since their junior to mid-level associate years, and in some cases all the way back to their law school studies.

Evan has placed, at their current firms, partners at numerous top US and UK firms in Hong Kong / China, including for example eight current partners at Latham. Other firms where Evan has placed current partners at their current firms include: Cleary, Simpson Thacher, Ropes & Gray, Gibson Dunn, Kirkland & Ellis, Linklaters, Allen Overy, DLA Piper, Gunderson, Weil Gotshal, White & Case, and Baker McKenzie, among others.

Law Dragon has recognized Evan as one of the top 20 attorney recruiters in the world. He has been interviewed by numerous major media outlets for his insight on Asia big law, such as New York Times, Legal Week, American Lawyer, Asia Counsel, California Lawyer, and CNBC, among many others. For example, Evan was the only attorney recruiter contact for the New York Times back in 2008 regarding the alarming trend then of legal talent leaving the US for Asia during the global recession. Evan created and put up the original investment for the Asia Chronicles series blog featured at Abovethelaw.com (from 2008 to 2012 was regularly read by most of US to Asia associate movers, as well as the majority of US based big law attorneys at the time). Evan has for a number of years been invited by Harvard Law School to participate in their “Ask the Experts” program as their expert on the Asia markets (Harvard added a second Asia expert in 2018 – our Alejandro Vargas). He often advises JD programs and their law students on their potential future Asia careers.

Credit is given by many in the industry to Evan for playing a role in the bringing about for the first time a proper structure for big law US attorney recruiting in Hong Kong / China during 2007 to 2010. During those years he also helped a number of top US and UK firms draft up for the first time or revise their expat / cola policies, most of which have not changed much since then.

Evan has been recruiting since ’03 and with a focus on Asia since ’06. He has made placements at most of the major US and UK law firms in Asia, in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, and Singapore. He has also made in-house placements in various banks, companies and funds in Asia, with a particular focus at senior Asia GC type levels.

Evan lives most of the year in Hong Kong, but he and his wife also have homes in Miami and Jurmala, Latvia. They also have a small travel related start up business on the island of St. Barth’s, where they spend a lot of their holiday time. Evan was born in Singapore and grew up mostly in New Orleans and other parts of south Louisiana. He is a die hard Saints fan who will fly in from Asia for playoff games.

HK: +852 5502-3361
US: +1 (917) 292-8657


Alejandro Vargas - Hong Kong

Alejandro Vargas - Hong Kong


We have a joint venture with Jowers | Vargas in order to better serve both recruiting firms’ client needs. We also share office space in New York.

Alejandro Vargas is based in Hong Kong and extremely well connected in the US big law industry in Hong Kong in particular and Asia in general. He has a decade of experience in Hong Kong and Beijing as an associate at both Skadden Arps and Davis Polk, as well as an in-house role at a top investment bank. He has experience in both China practice teams (is fluent in Mandarin) and Pan Asia practice teams. Alejandro has significant experience in running high end cap markets and M&A deals in Asia. He has close relations with many of the most respected senior partners at top US and UK law firms in Asia.

HK: +852 6080-1020
China: +86 186-1420-3474


Adam Langer - New York

Adam Langer - New York


Adam Langer is based in the New York office. Adam is by any measure a rising star in the big law recruiting industry.

Adam has in just four years in the attorney recruiting industry built already a 25+ annual placement practice. He has had a particular focus on M&A, tech, emerging companies, venture capital, and entertainment / media practices. Adam is widely considered one of the handful of industry leaders in these important niche areas.

Adam is involved daily in our Asia and Europe markets and continues to be a leading recruiter in the industry in New York, Boston and Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. He also had placements made in other major US markets, as well as recent placements in both Hong Kong and Singapore.

Adam started his professional life as a broker. In the years after, he built a real estate office and switched gears to develop a sizeable insurance practice, which he sold shortly before launching his attorney recruiting career. The most valuable thing he’s taken from those experiences into his current career? A profound understanding that legal recruiting is not about sales; it’s about the far more human skill of relationship management.