Posted on August 11, 2011 at 8:08 PM
There were some major partner moves in Asia this week, let's see what went on...
Kirkland & Ellis have recently hired a group of partners for their Hong Kong office from Skadden Arps, Latham & Watkins and Allen & Overy. The group of partners includes corporate partners Nicholas Norris, Dominic Tsun and Li-Chien Wong from Skadden's Hong Kong office; David Zhang, John Otoshi, and Benjamin Su, corporate partners from Latham and Ashley Young and Douglas Murning from Allen & Overy. Within their corporate practice, each partner brings their own specialty to Kirkland. Indeed, Norris focuses on M&A for public companies; Tsun and Wong are specialized in Hong Kong initial public offerings and other capital markets transactions; partners from David Zhang, John Otoshi, and Benjamin Su are focused on outbound U.S. law capital markets transactions as it is one of the main practices of the Latham group; Ashley Young and Douglas Murning are specialized in leverage and acquisition finance. Read more about this here...
King & Spalding has hired Cameron L. Cowan, formerly at Orrick, this week. Cowan is one of the premier debt capital markets lawyers, and will join King & Spalding as a partner in its capital transactions and real estate practice in Washington, D.C. Formerly a very well respected partner in Orrick's global finance group, Cowan counsels financial institutions, corporations and government agencies in complex financings in the United States, Europe and Asia and serves as a leading advisor on financial markets regulation (from King & Spalding's website). Chambers Global and Chambers USA both list Cowan among their highest-rated securitization lawyers, describing him as a "very personable and fantastically knowledgeable adviser" and as "a dominant force" and widely experienced pioneer in the field.
Hogan Lovells hired Michael Chin to their Shanghai office; he was formerly the co-chair of Dorsey & Whitney's Asia practice. The former Dorsey & Whitney and Jones Day employee specializes in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions. Chin's departure leaves Dorsey & Whitney with only one partner in Shanghai, which is the firm's only Mainland China office. Hogan Lovells now has 26 lawyers in its Shanghai office.
Cadwalader has hired partner Jeffrey Chen, formerly a partner at Mayer Brown JSM. This structured finance and derivatives expert will be in Cadwalader's Asia capital markets team in their Hong Kong office. This will be Cadwalader's first partner based primarily in their Hong Kong office, which opened in December of last year. The Asian Lawyer reported that a Cadwalader spokeswoman says that, once Chen is settled in, the firm will be looking to increase its Hong Kong headcount to about 20 lawyers within the next year.
Zhong Lun has hired 8 partners away from Jade & Fountain for their international business division. The partners making the move include Scott Guan, Mark Ho, Jill Lee, Song Liwei, Steven Huang, Xue Tao, Ricky Luo, and Blaine Turncliff. Scott Guan and Mark Ho are veterans in M&Am=, Private Equity, VC investments, and Foreign Direct Investment.
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