Mayer Brown has added leading investment funds partner Paul Moloney in its corporate and securities practice in Hong Kong. He joins from an international law firm in Hong Kong, where he led the investment funds and asset management team in Asia. Moloney has extensive experience advising clients on the establishment of public and private investment funds in Hong Kong, various offshore jurisdictions and Europe; he also advises institutional investors on their investments into funds. Moloney further assists clients in Hong Kong licensing matters, in relation to the Securities and Futures Commission, the Department of Customs and Excise (Money Services Operator licenses), the Companies Registry (Trust and Corporate Services Licenses), and regulatory matters, including managing and implementing large regulatory change projects, the acquisition of licensed entities, cross-border distribution of funds and the launch of innovative products, such as ICO products, cryptocurrency businesses and robo-advisory platforms.
HFW has further expanded its global transactional offering with the hire of Euan Pinkerton as a partner in Saudi Arabia. He joins the firm’s Riyadh office from US law firm Baker Botts, having previously been a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills and White & Case, and will work closely with HFW’s transactional teams across the Middle East and globally. Pinkerton advises on finance (conventional, Islamic and capital markets), corporate matters and financial regulation, as well as on the procurement, development and financing of large-scale projects. He has more than 20 years’ experience, including a decade living and working full-time in Saudi Arabia, spanning a wide range of sectors, such as infrastructure, energy (including LNG and renewables), petrochemicals, aerospace, defense, transportation and manufacturing.
O’Melveny has added veteran dealmaker Woojae Kim as a partner in Seoul. He is a trusted advisor to Korean companies on their outbound, cross-border matters, as well as to international investment banks and private equity clients in major transactions involving Korean businesses. Kim is highly regarded for his broad abilities spanning cross-border M&A, joint ventures, private equity investments, financings and securities offerings. Before joining the firm, he was a partner at one of Korea’s largest domestic law firms, and a corporate partner in a top-tier firm in Seoul. Kim also previously practiced in New York and Hong Kong, giving him a rare, Asia-regional and international perspective and approach. He is admitted to practice in New York and is registered as a foreign legal consultant in Korea. He is fluent in English and Korean.