Baker & McKenzie has appointed veteran corporate and securities lawyer Lance Chen as partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office on 1 January 2013 to head the US securities practice group in Hong Kong and China. Chen, who rejoins the firms from ICBC International Capital Ltd, was a US securities partner at the firm from 2000 to 2004. He has more than a decade’s worth of experience in advising Chinese and international companies on capital markets transactions, M&A deals and corporate restructuring, with a strong focus on listings and IPOs and secondary fund raising transactions, including share placement, rights issue and bond issues. He previously worked at JP Morgan.

Eversheds has appointed Dr Iris Duchetsmann, formerly of counsel and head of the China labour law team in Salans’ Shanghai office, as a partner. She specialises in labour law, with a focus on cross-border employment and international HR management. Her clients include leading companies from the financial services, chemicals, automotive and education sectors. She also provides advice on matters such as residency, tax and social security. Duchetsmann’s career spans China and Germany, where she also trained as a labour lawyer. She currently sits as vice chair of the European Chamber of Commerce for the China Human Resources Forum and serves as member of the Shanghai Board.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed William Woo as a partner in its corporate practice in Hong Kong. He specialises in capital markets, private equity and M&A work and has extensive experience with corporate transactions across the region. Woo has a strong track record representing issuers from a wide range of sectors and underwriters on their Hong Kong securities offerings. He has recently advised a number of companies in the minerals and mining sector on their proposed Hong Kong IPOs and a Chinese bank on a significant rights issue. He has also represented major investment banks, private equity firms as well as Chinese state-owned enterprises and international companies on their investment activities. Woo is admitted to practise in Hong Kong and England and Wales. He holds a masters degree in law from Cambridge University and a postgraduate certificate in laws from University of Hong Kong. He speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

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