Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced on February 2, 2009 the admission of 13 lawyers to the partnership, effective January 1, 2009. Orrick currently has 415 partners, including the partners announced today, and will name two additional partners when it receives approval from the appropriate regulatory authorities. In Asia, David Cho, a member of the firm’s corporate group, was made partner in the Hong Kong office. His practice focuses on corporate transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate financings, including U.S. SEC-registered public offerings and Rule 144A/Regulation S equity/debt and equity-linked offerings. His clients include leading private equity firms, and multinational corporations and venture start-ups in a variety of industries.
As reported January 20 of 2009, K&L Gates LLP voted to elect 28 lawyers to the firm’s partnership, effective March 1, 2009. This includes Choo Lye Tan in their Hong Kong office. Ms. Tan practices in the areas of corporate finance, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and public and private equity issues. Prior to joining K&L Gates, she was a member of law firms based in Malaysia and Hong Kong, advising her clients on corporate issues in relation to the laws of Malaysia, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong. She has advised extensively on offers of securities in Asian jurisdictions on both a public and private basis.
As announced on January 13, 2009 White & Case LLP has announced the election of 21 new partners, going into effect January 1, 2009. Each new partner will join one of 16 global practices, with four heading to Asia. Michael Shikuma has been named a partner in Tokyo. Mr. Shikuma is a Hawaii-qualified tax lawyer who specializes in the taxation of cross-border transactions and restructurings, as well as international estate planning in the United States, Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. John Shum and Anna-Marie Slot have both been named partner in the Hong Kong office. Mr. Shum transferred to Hong Kong from New York in 2008, with his practice focused on assisting financial services clients with leveraged finance transactions, while Ms. Slot relocated to Hong Kong from London in 2008. She represents banks and other companies on a wide range of corporate finance transactions, with an emphasis on high-yield debt offerings. In the Beijing office, Vivian Tsoi has been named a partner. She is a California- and Hawaii-qualified lawyer who transferred to Beijing from Palo Alto, CA, in 2005. A corporate M&A specialist, she leads both China inbound and outbound M&A transactions. And finally, Natalia Nikitina has become a partner in the Firm's Moscow office. She is experienced in project and trade finance, secured transactions, and corporate acquisitions. With White & Case since 1999, she is a member of the office's finance practice and advises lenders and borrowers in international finance transactions, particularly in the natural resources and telecommunications sectors.
DLA Piper announced January 12th of 2009 that 53 lawyers worldwide have been promoted to its partnership for 2009. The promotions, effective from 1 January 2009, were made across all key practice areas throughout DLA Piper's 67 offices globally including four Asian offices. Those promoted in Asia are Hajime Iwaki in Tokyo, Claudio d'Agostino in Shanghai, William Leung and Michael Yau in Hong Kong, and Chris Terry in Beijing. Mr. Iwaki’s practice includes a wide variety of corporate transactions and dispute resolutions, with extensive experience in transactions involving M&A, business restructuring and licensing. He is familiar with entertainment, e-commerce, cyber-space and privacy protection laws. Mr. d'Agostino has been based in China for over 10 years and has been engaged in a broad variety of commercial and corporate matters, focusing on joint ventures, acquisitions and restructuring. He also advises on consumer goods matters - for the fashion, food and beverage industries in particular - covering a full range of transactions: manufacturing, distribution, retail and franchising. Mr. Leung handles a wide range of contentious matters including disputes involving commercial matters with a particular emphasis on marine and air transport and related insurance matters and contentious trust matters. He has a very strong reputation in the marine insurance trade. Mr. Leung has also acted for banks in contentious injunction disputes and assisted financial institutions in their asset recovery. Mr. Yau specializes in the areas of banking and finance law, including syndicated and bilateral lending, international trade finance, structured commodities finance, factoring, account receivables financing, acquisition finance and various general banking and compliance matters. He has worked with many local and international banks on preparing a diverse range of standard loan and security documentation. He is also a member of the Project on Standardization of Mortgage Origination Documents in Hong Kong. Mr. Terry’s principal areas of practice include advising institutional and corporate investors in connection with structuring venture capital and private equity investments and representing acquirers and targets in connection with cross-border mergers and acquisitions and foreign investments in China.
Partner Promotions 2008:
Reed Smith LLP, one of the 15 largest law firms in the world, announced on December 18, 2008, the promotion of 22 of its counsel and associates in offices worldwide to partnership, effective January 1 2009, including Patrick Wong and Nathan Dentice in Hong Kong. Mr. Wong, who joined Richards Butler in 2000 and was brought into Reed Smith in 2008 after the two firms merged, focuses on corporate finance including initial public offerings, debt and equity type fund raising exercises, corporate restructurings, takeovers, mergers and acquisitions and general commercial matters. Mr. Dentice, who started his career in 1996 working with Minter Ellison in New Zealand joined Richards Butler in 2002 and Reed Smith in 2008, focuses on general commercial and public law litigation, with a particular emphasis on financial services issues and complex commercial disputes. He advises the Listing Committee of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants on a day-to-day basis.
As reported on December 18 of 2008, O’Melveny & Myers LLP has announced 15 new partners that will be admitted to the Firm, effective February 1, 2009, including several in Asia. Nathan G. Bush was named partner in the Adversarial Department of the Beijing office. His practice focuses on regulatory matters and litigation concerning antitrust and competition, anticorruption, and international trade. He frequently publishes and speaks on competition and trade policy in Asia, and is active in the American Chamber of Commerce in China, serving as Legal Committee Chairman for 2008 and as General Counsel for 2009. Peter Chen was made partner in the Hong Kong office and a member of the Transactions Department. His practice is focused on corporate issues, M&As and corporate finance transactions, and has participated in numerous Hong Kong and London initial public offerings. Mr. Chen recently advised GST Holdings Limited in a US$247 million takeover bid by United Technology. David J. Roberts was made partner in the Beijing office and works with the firm’s Transactions Department. Mr. Robert’s has experience representing clients in the areas of capital markets, private equity, venture capital and mergers and acquisitions. Except for a stint working in corporate and securities law in California from 1999 to 2003, he has worked in Mainland China since the late 1980's, assisting foreign investors with their investments in China, and Chinese companies with their strategies to expand internationally and attract foreign investors both private and public. And in the Hong Kong office, Friven Yeoh has been named a partner in the International Practice. Mr. Yeoh's practice involves both transactional and adversarial work, with experience in the resolution of Chinese-foreign business disputes. He has represented clients in arbitrations before various arbitral institutions including the ICC, HKIAC, CIETAC, SIAC, SSC and WIPO.
Morrison & Foerster LLP announced on December 17of 2008, that ten of their lawyers have been elected to the partnership. Their election is effective January 1, 2009. This list includes Ivan G. Smallwood, a member of the Business Department and a resident in the Tokyo office. Mr. Smallwood specializes in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including a broad range of strategic transactions in the financial, technology, biotech, and pharmaceuticals industries. In further moves by Linklaters, the firm announced on December 17th of 2008 that it would be relocating a number of partners to Asia beginning in January of 2009. As part of these moves senior litigation partner Tom Lidstrom headed to Hong Kong from the firm’s London office, and New York-qualified partners David Ludwick and Jon Gray are relocating to Hong Kong from the firm’s London and New York offices respectively. Mr. Lidstrom brings to Asia extensive experience in cross-border litigation, international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. He is also experienced in all forms of urgent injunctive relief and asset tracing, and has represented clients in numerous cross-border disputes. Mr. Ludwick joined Linklaters’ New York office in 1998 from Davis Polk & Wardwell and moved to the London office in 1999. He brings to Asia substantial experience in advising investment bank and corporate clients on multi-jurisdictional transactions involving a broad range of industries. Mr. Gray has already spent a number of years in Asia, primarily in Tokyo. He joined the firm’s New York office from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 2005. He has experience advising investment banks, private equity funds and issuers in the US, Japan, Hong Kong and Latin America on a variety of debt and equity transactions.
The international law firm Jones Day announced on December 15th, 2008, that 40 lawyers have been named to the Firm's partnership, effective January 1, 2009 including Herman Yip in their Singapore office and Chung-Ping Liu in their Taiwan office. Mr. Liu's practice focuses on a wide range of corporate, mergers and acquisitions, financing, distressed asset acquisition and servicing, capital markets and securities, and banking regulations, while Mr. Yip’s practice centers on project and finance in the energy, infrastructure, real estate, and general corporate sectors, covering industries that include power, oil, gas, water, mining, ports, railways, telecommunications, and commercial real estate. Mr. Yip was recognized as a top finance lawyer in the 2008 Singapore country guide from the publishers of "Best Lawyers.”
Shearman & Sterling on 14 Dec of 2008 announced the election of 11 associates and counsel to the partnership across its worldwide platform including two in Asia. In Beijing, Ling Huang was made a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Ms. Huang, a native Mandarin speaker who has practiced in the firm’s Beijing office since 1997, has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and foreign direct investment transactions. She has represented Chinese and multinational corporations in cross-border M&A transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and foreign direct investment transactions. In Singapore Sanja (Sonny) Udovicic has been elevated to the position of partner. She has broad finance law expertise and experience in advising both financiers and corporate clients on a variety of financing arrangements, including project, acquisition, vendor and structured financings in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP on December 1 of 2008, elected 13 new partners, effective January 1, 2009, representing a wide range of practice areas and geographical regions, including Nicholas C. Tomlinson in Dubai. Mr. Tomlinson has been with Gibson Dunn for over 7 years working in London and New York, and has experience in a wide range of Middle East, UK, US and cross-border transactions, principally in the merger and acquisitions, joint venture, private equity, investment funds and corporate governance fields. He has also worked on UK and US IPOs, securities offerings and capital raisings.
International law film Linklaters recently put a considerable amount of effort towards strengthening its partner base throughout the Asian market. It announced on August 29th of 2008 that capital markets partner, Richard O’Callaghan and banking partner, James Martin would move to their Dubai office. Mr. O’Callaghan specializes in debt and equity capital markets work and will bring to the Dubai office wide-ranging experience of equity and equity-linked securities issues, as well as issues of debt and hybrid capital securities. He has worked on a number of high profile transactions, including advising RBS on the largest ever Tier 1 capital financing package. Mr. Martin focuses on leveraged and acquisition finance, acting for sponsors, arrangers and corporates. He has acted for the arrangers in connection with the acquisition facilities for Schaeffler KG to finance its bid for Continental AG and a series of facilities for Xstrata plc, including for its recent bid for Lonmin plc, and facilities for regional corporates, including SABIC and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. In further moves Linklaters announced on December 17th of 2008 that it would be relocating a number of partners to Asia beginning in January of 2009. As part of these moves senior litigation partner Tom Lidstrom headed to Hong Kong from the firm’s London office, and New York-qualified partners David Ludwick and Jon Gray are relocating to Hong Kong from the firm’s London and New York offices respectively. Mr. Lidstrom brings to Asia extensive experience in cross-border litigation, international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. He is also experienced in all forms of urgent injunctive relief and asset tracing, and has represented clients in numerous cross-border disputes. Mr. Ludwick joined Linklaters’ New York office in 1998 from Davis Polk & Wardwell and moved to the London office in 1999. He brings to Asia substantial experience in advising investment bank and corporate clients on multi-jurisdictional transactions involving a broad range of industries. Mr. Gray has already spent a number of years in Asia, primarily in Tokyo. He joined the firm’s New York office from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 2005. He has experience advising investment banks, private equity funds and issuers in the US, Japan, Hong Kong and Latin America on a variety of debt and equity transactions.
As of November 27th of 2008, JSM in association with Mayer Brown LLP and Mayer Brown International LLP announced the promotion of 27 new partners, including 5 partners who are based in Asia. The appointments take effect on 1 January 2009. The new partners in Hong Kong are Cindy Y.Y. Au, Nicholas Longley, and David Mallinson. Ms. Au advises on all aspects of property conveyance, including sale and purchase, tenancy, and mortgages of real estate in Hong Kong. She acts for banks and financial institutions on property-related financing; including building mortgages, as well as other secured and unsecured lending transactions. Mr. Longley advises on construction, engineering and construction insurance-related issues. He advises governments, main contractors, subcontractors, insurers and design professionals on disputes in Hong Kong, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Mr. Mallinson advises on commercial agreements in the hospitality and broader real estate sectors. His practice focuses on the hotel and serviced apartment industry across Asia including China, Macau, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. In Vietnam Mai Phuong Nguyen was promoted to partner in Hanoi, and David Lim in Ho Chi Minh City. Ms. Nguyen has wide experience in corporate, commercial, banking and financial matters and all aspects of investments in Vietnam for multinational corporations and banks and infrastructure projects as well as all other types of projects/transactions including investment structures, tax and foreign exchange issues. Mr. Lim advises on foreign investment projects, general commercial, mergers and acquisitions and all aspects of investments in Vietnam with a particular focus on the real estate sector. Mr. Lim has substantial experience advising on township developments, residential and commercial development projects and resort developments.
Latham & Watkins LLP announced on November 19 of 2008 that 28 of their associates and two counsels, representing all of the firm's departments, have been elected to their partnership, effective January 1, 2009, including Rajiv Gupta in the firms Singapore office. Mr. Gupta is a corporate attorney with a focus on corporate finance and general securities matters. His experience includes representing issuers and underwriters in both US and international securities transactions, particularly in initial public offerings, private placements, high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings, offerings of convertible debt, equity-linked and derivative products, structured finance and exchange offers. Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Mr. Gupta practiced in the New York and Hong Kong offices of Davis Polk & Wardwell.
On November 12th of 2008, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP reported the promotion of 15 of the firm’s lawyers to their partnership, effective January 1, 2009. Included among those elevated was Andrei V. Danilov from the Moscow office, and Natasha G. Kohne, in Abu Dhabi. Mr. Danilov has extensive experience advising clients on corporate financing transactions, including public and private placement of equity and debt securities, bank financing, and strategic partnering and investments, and also advises clients on a variety of domestic and cross-border corporate and financial transactions, focusing primarily in the area of mergers and acquisitions. While his native language is Russian he also speaks English and German fluently. Ms. Kohne’s practice areas include corporate, private equity and mergers and acquisitions transactions as well as corporate governance and litigation. She primarily focuses on representing domestic and international private equity funds and their portfolio companies in leveraged acquisitions, mergers, strategic investments and similar transactions, and has experience advising government-owned entities in the Middle East, including on multi-billion dollar investments in the United States.
On November 4 of 2008 International law firm Sidley Austin LLP announced that six partners and a number of counsel and associates have joined the firm from Heller Ehrman LLP. This included Yang Ing Loong in Singapore, who joins as a partner and will focus on arbitration and litigation in Asia, particularly on disputes concerning the People’s Republic of China. He is a qualified arbitrator and accredited mediator, and has acted for corporate and individual clients in complex commercial and corporate litigation, international arbitration, shareholders’ disputes, joint venture and technology licensing disputes, and commercial crime cases. With the addition of Mr. Yang, the Singapore office will now also provide international arbitration and litigation services as part of Sidley’s full service practice in Asia. Prior to joining Sidley, Mr. Yang was the Chief Representative and the Head of Dispute Resolution of the Beijing Office of a premier U.S. law firm and is admitted in England, Wales, Hong Kong, New York and Singapore.