Partner Moves & Promotions - 8/18/2010


Posted on August 18, 2010 at 5:08 PM

K&L Gates has bolstered its corproate practice by adding W Rose Zhu to its Beijing office. Zhu, who is leaving Allen & Overy LLP, recently led the team that advised on the global offering of common shares by the Agricultural Bank of China Limited, the world's largest IPO in 2010. Zhu possesses extensive experience throughout the United States, Hong KOng and China, advising both international and Chinese companies in capital markets, mergers & acquisitions and financings. Zhu, a P.R.C. native, has led many pioneering and high-profile transactions, while also regularly counseling a number of leading P.R.C. institutions and regulators.

Mayer Brown JSM has further strengthened its Asia practice by adding Jason Elder to the Hong Kong office's capital markets practice, and hiring Xiang Yang Ge as head of projects in the Beijing office. Elder, who is leaving Sidley's Hong Kong office, possesses substantial experience in advising issuers and underwriters on capital markets transactions, particularly global debt and equity securities offerings. Xiang Yang, formerly a partner at Winston & Strawn, has over twenty years of experience advising clients investing into China, as well as Chinese corporations on outbound investments. The addition of Elder is the latest sign of the firm's commitment to expand its capital markets practice around the world, as the firm's New York office made three partner hires earlier this years.

Davis Polk & Wardwell has established a domestic law practice in Hong Kong by adding Bonnie YT Chan and Antony Dapiran as partners. Chan, formerly the senior vice president of the listing division of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, has previous work experience as the executive director of the legal and compliance department of Morgan Stanley's Hong Kong office. Dapiran is leaving Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Beijing office, where he was a managing partner. The firm hopes the new additions will help launch the firm's local practice, which is focused on giving the firm's clients a broader service in Hong Kong, especially in capital markets and mergers & acquisitions matters.

Lan Hing Liew has joined Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow's corporate & securities practice in Singapore as a partner. Liew, formerly an equity partner at Rajah & Tann LLP, has considerable legal experience handling capital markets transactions, mergers & acquisitions deals, and listing companies' corporate actions and regulatory compliance in Singapore. Her practice concentrates on listings and IPOs, as well as secondary fund-raising transactions, including share placements, rights issues and bond issues.

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