Clyde & Co has appointed Simon McConnell and Mun Yeow as partners in the firm’s Hong Kong office. They join from Allens in Hong Kong. McConnell practises principally in the areas of commercial dispute resolution, insurance and reinsurance, regulatory investigations and matters, corporate insolvency and restructuring, and employment law. He has significant expertise in insurance and reinsurance matters, particularly in professional indemnity, directors and officers claims, financial institutions blanket bond cover and reinsurance. His practice extends across the Asia Pacific region. Yeow specialises in dispute resolution with a focus on insurance and reinsurance work. Her expertise covers claims against financial institutions, professional negligence, shareholders’ disputes, securities claims, defamation against broadcasters and publishers, product liability, employee fraud and insolvency. She was extensively involved in advising insurers and reinsures, following the collapse of Lehman Brothers, with respect to claims by investors in Minibonds or derivative products against financial institutions in several jurisdictions spanning across Asia. In this context, Yeow also advised insurers and reinsurers on coverage issues arising from associated regulatory and criminal investigations. She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. She is admitted in Hong Kong as well as England and Wales.

K&L Gates has appointed Omar Momany as a partner in the corporate practice in the firm’s Dubai office. Momany joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. With a practice that encompasses M&As, corporate restructurings, corporate governance, arbitration, and joint ventures both in the UAE and the Middle East region, Momany advises international and domestic clients, investment funds, banks, and private and public companies in the real estate, financial services, transportation, and retail sectors. A fluent Arabic speaker with substantial experience in the GCC region, he has also counseled on the drafting of legislation concerning the establishment of free zones, competition and antitrust, e-commerce, transportation and traffic.

Loeb & Loeb has expanded its international presence in Asia with the launch of an office in Hong Kong and the consequent appointment of Benny Pang as a partner in the firm’s capital markets department. This will be the firm’s second office in Asia, following the opening of the firm’s Beijing office in 2009. The firm’s Hong Kong office has entered into an exclusive association with Hong Kong-based solicitors’ firm Pang & Co where Pang is the managing partner. The Law Society of Hong Kong has approved the association, as well as Loeb & Loeb’s registration as a foreign law firm. Pang has extensive experience in corporate finance and securities law in Hong Kong. He focuses on equity capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. Pang has worked on a broad range of corporate transactions with private and public companies. In addition, he has substantial experience representing issuers and underwriters in equity fundraising transactions, including share placements, rights issues and open offers, and he has participated in more than 40 Hong Kong IPOs, including global offering of H-shares of SOEs. Pang has represented clients in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia and Australia.

Maples and Calder has appointed Heidi de Vries, Julian Ashworth, Sheryl Dean, David Marshall, Philip Millward and Gwyneth Rees as new funds partners to the firm’s Cayman Islands office. They are all experts in the funds arena and boast an impressive background involving the representation of large international financial institutions and independent investment managers across the spectrum. Collectively, they bring a deep bench of experience in advising on fund structuring, formation, ongoing compliance, governance, restructuring and winding-up.

Morrison & Foerster has appointed Jeremy Hunt as a partner in the corporate practice of the firm’s Hong Kong office. Hunt represents private equity firms and other investors and advisors in M&As, private equity investments and related matters. He joins the firm from Allen & Overy where he spent his entire 24-year legal career. Hunt brings a wealth of experience advising on capital investments, pre-IPO financings and leveraged buyouts. Originally from the UK, he is qualified to practice in England, Wales and Hong Kong. He has led leveraged buyouts in many European jurisdictions, including the UK, Germany, Sweden and Spain. His recent work in Hong Kong has focused on investments and exits for several major private equity firms such as The Carlyle Group, Temasek, and Capital International.

Morrison & Foerster has also announced that leading Japanese real estate finance lawyer Masahiro Shiga has joined Ito Mitomi Horitsu Jimusho (Ito & Mitomi) as a partner. Ito & Mitomi established a joint enterprise with Morrison & Foerster to provide legal services through its Tokyo office. Shiga is a highly respected bengoshi whose practice focuses on real estate finance, fund formation and private equity, banking and financial institutions, hospitality, workouts and restructurings, distressed acquisitions and financing, and real estate investment trusts. He regularly represents major commercial lenders, investors and investment banks in cross-border transactions, as well as in large restructurings and workouts. Shiga joins from the Tokyo office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he led the Japan real estate practice.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has appointed Johannes Frey as a partner in the German tax practice. Frey brings significant experience in all types of corporate tax matters, including acquisitions, spin-offs, joint ventures, restructurings, and transactions involving cross-border tax planning.

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