Baker McKenzie has added Cécile Baume as a US securities law partner in its corporate team in Sydney. She joins from Allen & Overy. Baume has built a large corporate finance practice, representing Australian and New Zealand issuers, investment banks, private equity sponsors and governments on US and international capital markets transactions. Her practice extends to corporate advisory, most notably general US securities laws and corporate advice on corporate domestic transactions, cross-border M&A and stock exchange listings.



Baker McKenzie has also added leading capital markets and M&A partner Victoria Lloyd to its Hong Kong office. She joins from Ropes & Gray, where she was a partner of the strategic transactions group. Lloyd has over 25 years of experience advising major Chinese and multinational corporations, investments banks and private equity investors on a wide range of corporate and commercial, corporate finance and M&A matters. She has worked on a number of headline transactions, including the listings of China Lesso Group, Vinda International, Uni-President China Holdings and Sinopec. Lloyd is a member of the Takeovers and Mergers Panel and Takeovers Appeals Committee of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission. She is also a member of the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, which approves listings in Hong Kong, addresses disciplinary matters of securities market players, and determines Hong Kong securities policies, rules and regulations.



Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow, the member firm of Baker McKenzie International in Singapore, has added Kay Moon as principal to the M&A practice. Moon, who joins from Linklaters and was previously based in Hong Kong and London, brings with her deep experience in advising major international clients on significant corporate and M&A transactions across a wide range of sectors, including technology, energy, natural resources and infrastructure. Fluent in Korean, Moon also has extensive experience in advising Korean clients on their outbound investments. She graduated from the University of Oxford, and was admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales in 2010.

CMS has added Christopher Whiteley as a partner in its finance practice group, to be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office. He joins from Ashurst, where he was a partner. Whiteley specialises in structured finance, particularly “over the counter” derivative transactions. He advises financial institutions, especially investment banks, on hedging, trading activities and complex strategic and funding transactions, together with related credit support arrangements. He also has extensive experience in centralclearing and other credit risk mitigants, as well as advising on the regulatory aspects of financial markets.


Ipsita Nand Gopal Pratish Kumar

J Sagar Associates has added Ipsita Chowdhury as a partner in its Gurugram office. She joins from Trilegal, and has a decade of experience in M&A, corporate advisory and compliance. She has completed her BLS, LLB from Government Law College, the University of Mumbai in 2010. The firm has also added Nand Gopal Anand and Pratish Kumar as partners in its banking and finance practice. Anand will be stationed at the Gurugram office, and will oversee the banking and finance practice in North India, while Kumar will be re-joining the firm and will be stationed at the Mumbai office. Both were formerly partners at Juris Corp at Delhi and Mumbai, respectively. Anand has 15 years of extensive experience in handling a variety of financing transactions involving Indian and foreign banks, financial institutions, multi-lateral agencies, governmental agencies, public sector enterprises and companies. He also works closely with corporates and banks in project financings across various sectors, such as conventional and renewable energy, transmission, oil and gas, and transportation. On the other hand, Kumar’s expertise lies in domestic and cross border corporate lending, trade finance transactions and securitisation transactions, which includes securitisation of standard assets, securitisation of non-performing assets, pass through structures and direct assignment transactions. He has also advised clients on debt restructuring and issues relating to the enforcement of security interest.


Corey Zhang

King & Wood Mallesons has added Corey Zhang to the Hong Kong partnership, effective July 5, 2021. He joins from the Hong Kong office of a leading international firm with a strong capital markets focus. Zhang has over a decade of experience advising issuers and underwriters on a range of equity and debt capital markets transactions, including Hong Kong IPOs, London global depositary receipt offerings, and Rule 144A and Regulation S debt offerings, as well as general securities and compliance matters. He is native in Mandarin and fluent in English and Cantonese. His clients include Chinese and international investment banks, and corporates across various industries, including financial services, technology, healthcare, consumer goods, industrials, real estate and energy. Zhang is well regarded by the investment banking and corporate communities for his strong execution skills, deep client commitment and close Chinese cultural affinity.


Sonia lim

Simmons & Simmons has added Sonia Lim as a partner in the financial markets team. She specialises in structured finance and derivatives (SFD), with a focus on financial regulatory and advisory matters. Lim brings over 20 years of experience in providing legal and regulatory advice to the financial derivatives markets, as well as structuring and supporting complex SFD transactions. She has extensive experience in advising on regulatory issues and market reform relating to the derivatives and structured product market, including on interbank offer rates (IBOR) transition. She primarily advises APAC and global financial institutions on both English law and Singaporean law related issues. Lim joins from Linklaters, where she led the growth and development of the Singapore/Southeast Asia derivatives and structured product practice. Prior to that, she was a managing director at JPMorgan, and led its Asia-Pacific regulatory team. With her in-house experience, she brings with her a unique insight to the global financial markets.

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