Hogan Lovells has added Steven Tran as a partner in its Hong Kong corporate practice effective this week. Joining from Kirkland & Ellis in Hong Kong, Tran specializes in private equity and M&A across a broad range of sectors. He is experienced in both domestic Hong Kong transactions as well as complex multi-jurisdictional cross-border transactions across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. His client base consists of private equity houses, funds and corporates.

King & Wood Mallesons has strengthened its capability as the only global law firm headquartered in Asia with the appointment of cross-border debt and equity capital markets specialist Hao Zhou as a partner in the Hong Kong office. Dual qualified in the US and Hong Kong, he joins from another leading global law firm where he led a number of ground-breaking securities offering transactions, advising both Chinese issuers and international investment banks.

Kirkland & Ellis has added Damien Coles as a partner in the restructuring practice group in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Joining from the Hong Kong office of Hogan Lovells, Coles focuses on cross-border transactions involving Indonesia, India, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. He has worked on virtually every major Indonesian restructuring in recent years, including advising creditor groups in connection with the restructurings of Arpeni Pratama Ocean Line, Blue Ocean Resources, Berlian Laju Tanker and Bumi Resources. His clients include credit and private equity funds, banks, insolvency practitioners and turnaround professionals.

Kirkland & Ellis has also expanded its global restructuring practice with the hire of Neil McDonald as a partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office. McDonald acts for financial institutions, insolvency appointment holders, turnaround management firms, hedge funds and private equity firms. He advises clients on all aspects of financial distress, including consensual workouts, shareholder disputes, liquidations, receiverships and other enforcement options. He also advises on the proprietary acquisitions of distressed businesses and assets. McDonald previously was head of the business restructuring and insolvency practice in the Hong Kong office of Hogan Lovells. He holds an LLB from the University of Western Australia.

Locke Lord has strengthened its China practice with the addition in Hong Kong of Richard Grams in the corporate department of Cheung & Lee, an associate firm of Locke Lord (HK). Grams has worked in China and Hong Kong since 1988, advising senior management, business owners and private equity funds on China market entry strategies, acquisitions and post-acquisition arrangements, restructurings, China business consolidations, downsizings and regulatory compliance and enforcement actions. He also has advised on a number of legal issues that overseas companies encounter when doing business in China, ranging from intellectual property infringement and employment disputes to corruption and fraud investigations. Grams has been instrumental in establishing some 236 corporate operations in China. He currently chairs the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai. He is a member of the British Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai and serves on that organization’s Legal Focus Committee. He is also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai. Grams is a graduate of The University of Hong Kong, where he earned both his LLB (honors, first class) and his PCLL. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

O’ Melveny & Myers has strengthened its Asia disputes and regulatory platform with the appointment of Denis Brock as a partner in the Hong Kong office effective October 1. Brock’s broad practice encompasses complex litigation and arbitration, regulatory and insolvency matters and internal investigations for financial institutions, international corporations, insurance brokerages and accounting firms. He was among the first litigators to be granted rights of appearance as a Solicitor-Advocate in Hong Kong in 2013 and also maintains such rights in England.

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