Calvin Lai has joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as partner in the firm’s corporate practice group. Lai specialises in capital market transactions, as well as M&A work involving companies in financial services, TMT, and energy and mining sectors. The focuses of his capital markets practice include advising companies and investment banks throughout China and other Asia-Pacific regions on Rule 144A and US SEC-registered offerings which involve listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq or other regional stock exchanges. Calvin was previously with Sullivan & Cromwell, and spent three years from the end of 2000 working with Goldman Sachs.

Herbert Smith has announced the appointment of energy, infrastructure and project finance specialist Richard Nelson. Nelson joins the Singapore office as a partner from Linklaters, where he qualified in 1999. He has previously practised in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Nelson has broad experience across the energy, infrastructure and project finance sectors where he worked for a wide range of corporates, banks and other financial institutions. He has also spent time on secondment at BP.

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