Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow, the member firm of Baker McKenzie International in Singapore, has welcomed 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, she also has extensive experience in advising Korean clients on their outbound investments. Moon graduated from the University of Oxford and was admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales in 2010.
Christopher & Lee Ong, a member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia, has strengthened its white collar crime & investigations practice with the addition of new partner Shanti Geoffrey. She brings to her new role more than 25 years of experience in the field of investigations, regulation and enforcement of laws relating to securities. Geoffrey’s admission to the partnership is timely, as Malaysian regulators step up their efforts in curbing white collar crime, with concomitant efforts by Malaysian corporations to ensure compliance with the regulatory framework governing their operations. She will co-head the white collar crime and investigations practice group. Her previous role as head of Prosecutions & Civil Enforcement with the Securities Commission will enable her to play a vital role in offering clients both advice and representation before the courts on different aspects of regulatory compliance and enforcement. Geoffrey comes into her new role, having served with the Securities Commission in various roles, where she helped formulate and lead law reforms, policy initiatives and corporate governance reforms. She also represented the regulator on matters relating to the capital market before the Malaysian courts. She was also part of the core team involved in the drafting of the Capital Markets and Services Act 2007, the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, and related guidelines for capital market intermediaries.
Clifford Chance has further expanded its Australian transactional practice with the hiring of partners David Clee and Elizabeth Hill in its global corporate and M&A practice. Clee and Hill, who joined on May 3, 2021, bolster the firm’s public and private M&A, IPO and distressed M&A capabilities, and build on its position as the pre-eminent corporate advisor to leading international and Australian financial investors and corporates. In addition to having extensive public and private M&A experience, Clee is a renowned advisor on distressed M&A transactions, while Hill has extensive M&A experience, along with her expertise in technology focused venture capital and M&A transactions. They both join from Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney, where they were partners.
Reed Smith has added Timothy Cooke as partner in its international arbitration practice in the Singapore office. Cooke is a barrister with two decades of experience, representing both international and Asian clients across Asia, in international arbitrations concerning energy, infrastructure and projects, construction, engineering and sectors as wide ranging as textiles, media, telecoms and automobiles. In his 20 years of practice, he has handled cases under the rules of all the major international arbitration institutions, such as the ICC, LCIA and SIAC, and in UNCITRAL and other ad hoc arbitrations. In 2018, Cooke wrote what is widely considered the authoritative book and academic authority on international arbitration in Singapore – ‘International Arbitration in Singapore: Legislation and Materials’.