Eversheds Sutherland has added Roger Zhou as an equity capital markets partner in its Hong Kong office. Specialising in Hong Kong capital market transactions and general corporate law, Zhou has extensive experience in representing issuers and underwriters on all aspects of IPOs, in addition to counseling on foreign direct investments in China. He also regularly advises Hong Kong-listed companies on post-IPO compliance issues, including annual compliance, M&A, bond issuance and placements. Prior to joining the firm, Zhou was an international partner at a global law firm, based in Hong Kong.
HFW has continued the growth of its Australian construction practice with the hire of Michael Debney as a partner in Melbourne. Debney advises contractors, financiers and owners on all aspects of project development and implementation. Joining from Herbert Smith Freehills, he previously spent more than a decade in industry in senior legal and commercial roles in Australia, England and the Middle East. Debney has a broad advisory and transactional construction practice, with a focus on the energy, natural resources, industrial plants, transport infrastructure, and transport operations and maintenance sectors. He advises clients across every stage of construction projects, from project structuring to drafting and negotiating project agreements, as well as advising on issues arising during project implementation. Debney has worked on some of the world’s largest infrastructure projects, including the A$4 billion (US$2.8b) Sydney Trains PPP, as well as many of Australia’s most innovative projects, such as the development of AGL’s grid forming battery storage system and TasNetworks’ A$3.5 billion (US$2.5b) Marinus Link subsea interconnector. He previously held a senior in-house role with the Downer Group in Australia, and also has extensive experience on construction disputes.
White & Case has expanded its global M&A practice with the addition of Sayak Maity as a partner in Singapore. Maity regularly advises global private equity funds on investments in India and the wider Asia-Pacific region. He also advises international companies on M&A, joint ventures and corporate governance, with particular experience in the manufacturing, extractives, pharmaceuticals and technology sectors. He joins from AZB & Partners, where he was a partner.
FenXun Partners has added M&A/PE lawyer Zhang Hong at its Shanghai office, as head of private equity practice for China. Zhang, who has worked in leading international and domestic firms, brings with her deep experience in complex domestic and cross-border M&A and corporate transactions inside and outside China. She has over a decade of experience in advising Chinese companies and multinationals on both China inbound and outbound investments. She focuses on domestic and overseas cross-border M&A and related legal issues, including complex private equity and venture capital investment and financing, ‘red-chip’ structures, pre-IPO equity financing for various types of corporations, as well as strategic cooperation and joint venture transactions. Over the years, she has accumulated extensive experience and unique insight across a wide range of sectors, including Technology, Media and Telecom, fintech, healthcare, real estate, financial institutions, high tech and high-end manufacturing. Zhang graduated from East China University of Politics and Law with a bachelor’s degree in law, and she obtained her master’s degree in law from Columbia Law School (with honors). She is admitted to practice in China and the State of New York in the US.