Davis Polk will add leading Hong Kong capital markets lawyer Jason Xu as a partner in the corporate department in Beijing. He will join from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he serves as deputy head of equity capital markets in China. Xu’s practice focuses on equity capital markets matters, including Hong Kong IPOs, rights issuances and follow-on offerings. He also advises on domestic and cross-border public and private M&A and regulatory matters. Xu has experience across a broad range of industries, including technology, pharmaceuticals, financials, industrials and real estate. He received a BA from China University of Political Science and Law in 2003, and a BA from the University of Oxford in 2006. A native Mandarin speaker, Xu is also fluent in English and Cantonese.
O’Melveny & Myers has added Daniel Sae-Chin Kim, one of Korea’s top cross-border M&A lawyers, as a partner in the firm’s Seoul office. Kim will serve as co-representative of the office, alongside partner Youngwook Shin, and will work closely with Joseph Kim, firm-wide chair of the Korea practice. Kim joins the firm after serving as head of Paul Hastings’s Korea corporate practice. His practice focuses on cross-border M&A, private equity buyouts and investments, and international joint ventures, particularly outbound transactions for some of Korea’s largest companies. Kim is the ‘go to’ M&A lawyer for many of Korea’s best-known companies. Over the last ten years, he has led some of the largest cross-border and outbound deals in Korea, including Samsung Electronics’ US$8 billion acquisition of Harman International, then the largest Korean outbound M&A transaction on record. Kim is admitted to practice in California and New York. He is registered as a foreign legal consultant in Korea and is fluent in Korean.