Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP has announced its appointment of Guohua (Annie) Wu as corporate partner in the firm’s Beijing office. Formerly of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago, Wu’s practice focuses on representing global investment and merchant banks, private equity investors and MNCs in all aspects of complex business transactions, including those in and involving the PRC. She has extensive experience in leveraged buyouts, going private transactions, asset/stock acquisitions and dispositions, mergers, joint ventures, growth capital investments, private equity fund formation, and securities offerings, and also advises Chinese conglomerates in strategic acquisitions and other forms of investments in the US and worldwide. A native of China with legal training in both China and the US, Wu is licensed to practice law in New York and Illinois, and is a member of the Supreme Court Bar of the United States. She passed the bar in China in 1995, but does not hold a current practicing certificate. Wu will split her time among the firm’s three Greater China offices.

Ashurst has appointed Peter Kwon as a partner in its securities and structured finance practice in Hong Kong. Joining the firm from DLA Piper, where he led the financial markets practice in Asia, Kwon has extensive experience in advising on structured finance transactions and securitisations, in addition to advising on a broad range of international capital markets, derivatives, funds and other banking matters. He has advised on transactions originating from all of the major jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region, including Hong Kong, the PRC, Japan, Singapore, Korea and Taiwan.

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