Allen & Gledhill LLP has announced the appointment of Tang Siau Yan as partner of the firm’s tax practice group. Tang specialises in tax dispute resolution and cross-border tax issues. He regularly assists clients in negotiating and resolving tax disputes with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore. Tang was formerly engaged by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore and was the Deputy Director of the Legislation branch when he left in 2007. He is also a non-practising member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore.

Susheela Rivers has joined DLA Piper’s real estate group in Hong Kong as partner. An expert on real estate aspects of hotels, acquisitions and disposals, financing, developments, leases and private funding initiatives, Rivers brings a wealth of experience advising developers, investors, financiers and tenants. She has advised international hotel groups, investment banks, property companies, retailers and hospitals on complex, high value transactions including securitisations as well as IPOs. Rivers was previously a senior associate with Clifford Chance in London.

Julie Zhang has been appointed to lead the China tax practice at Mayer Brown JSM’s Beijing office. Zhang specialises in tax planning and tax implications of a wide range of PRC and international corporate transactions. Prior to joining the firm, Zhang spent four years working at a large US-based law firm in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she assisted multinational corporations on tax structuring strategies and offered advice on international taxation to PRC enterprises investing overseas.

Thomas Man has joined Lovells’ as partner in the firm’s greater China corporate practice in Beijing. Man has a strong reputation for excellence as a cross-cultural corporate lawyer in China with extensive experience representing both foreign direct investors in China and Chinese enterprises investing abroad. He joins the firm from Orrick in Beijing. Before joining Orrick, Man was a partner in the Corporate and Securities department at Baker & McKenzie LLP and worked in the firm’s Chicago, Beijing and Shanghai offices focusing on China business law matters.

Kenju Watanabe has joined Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, LLP as partner in the Tokyo office. Formerly of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Watanabe represents a wide variety of clients including industrial corporations, financial institutions, and investment funds in the US, Japan, Asia and Europe. Recently, he has represented both bidders and targets in prominent takeover contests involving Japanese companies. He also provides advice regarding US securities law aspects of domestic Japanese transactions.

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