Deacons has appointed senior private equity lawyer Robert Woll as a partner in the firm’s financial services group. A recognised leader in private equity fund formation and transactions in Asia, Woll will further expand his work with financial institutions, private equity firms and institutional investors in Greater China and across Asia. He is joining from a global law firm, where he was chair of the firm’s China corporate practice and co-managing partner of the firm’s Beijing office. A graduate of Princeton University and Stanford Law School, Woll has been resident in Hong Kong since 1997 and based in Beijing since 2007.

K&L Gates has appointed Linda Zhou as a partner in the emerging growth and venture capital practice in its Palo Alto office. Zhou joins from Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian. She advises start-up, emerging growth and public companies in the consumer internet, software, telecommunications and entertainment technology industries on corporate and securities law, private and public financings, M&As and corporate partnering transactions. Qualified in the People’s Republic of China in addition to California, Zhou also represents companies on a variety of China-related matters and counsels China-based, venture-backed companies as well as venture capital firms that invest in China.

Morrison & Foerster has appointed Kenji P Taneda as a corporate partner in its Tokyo office. Taneda has played a significant role in a number of high-profile capital markets transactions in Japan in recent years, including acting as issuer’s counsel on the largest IPO in 2012 and as underwriters’ counsel on the largest IPO in 2011. He has represented issuers and underwriters on numerous debt and equity offerings, including in new growth areas such as hybrid debt offerings by Japan’s major insurance companies. He also has significant experience advising on both public and private M&A transactions. He joins from the Tokyo office of Sullivan & Cromwell where he was a special counsel. He is admitted to practice in Japan as a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi (registered foreign lawyer).

Sidley Austin has expanded its Asia Pacific presence with the addition of Tom Deegan who will join the firm’s global energy practice as a partner in the Hong Kong office. Deegan has extensive experience in a broad range of corporate matters with a strong focus on transactions in the energy and natural resources sectors. He has spent over 20 years advising clients on international deals throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Central and North America. In addition to his experience on complex energy transactions, he has represented clients in a wide variety of transactional matters, including cross-border M&A, joint ventures, restructurings and projects.

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