Clifford Chance has appointed Alastair C MacAulay as a partner to lead the firm’s maritime and offshore finance matters in its Hong Kong office. He focuses on asset and project finance, particularly in the transportation and energy sectors. He has acted on behalf of banks and financial institutions on a wide range of loan, guarantee, leasing and other credit transactions across multiple jurisdictions. He has particular expertise in LNG transportation and offshore maritime services as well as restructurings in the maritime sector.

K&L Gates has welcomed corporate and securities partner David Johnson and commercial disputes partner Samuel C S Ngo in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Johnson arrives from Allen & Overy while Ngo joins from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. With nearly 20 years of experience in the Hong Kong market, Johnson advises corporate and sovereign issuers and underwriters across the Asia-Pacific region on public and private equity and debt financings and other corporate transactions, including tender and exchange offers, acquisitions, reorganisations, and privatisations. Ngo represents PRC- and Hong Kong-listed companies, property developers and others on a variety of complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters. These include disputes involving mergers and acquisitions, insolvency, pre-IPO finances, insurance claims, and construction, with Ngo also advising on regulatory compliance and investigation matters.

Latham & Watkins has appointed Ing Loong Yang to the firm’s Hong Kong office as a partner in the litigation department. A senior litigator with more than 25 years’ experience, his practice focuses on complex commercial litigation matters and international arbitration proceedings, particularly on cross-border disputes with Greater China elements. Originally from Singapore, Yang, who is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, has practiced extensively throughout Asia. His disputes practice spans a cross-section of contentious matters including competition law, criminal prosecutions, shareholders’ disputes, FCPA-related investigations, and joint venture and technology licensing disputes. He also sits as an arbitrator in arbitrations in the PRC, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. His broad industry experience ranges from the financial services, healthcare and life sciences, energy, infrastructure, software, technology, telecoms, property and automotive sectors, among others. He joins from Sidley Austin in Hong Kong.

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