O’Melveny & Myers LLP has appointed Li Qiang, a China M&A specialist, as partner. Li Qiang joined O’Melveny’s Shanghai office last year from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Shanghai office, where he practiced for more than eight years. He is a native of Shanghai and received his law degree in 1997 from Columbia Law School. Li is engaged in a broad based transactional practice, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, direct foreign investment and corporate finance. Li’s client base includes multinational strategic and financial investors seeking to invest in China and Chinese companies seeking to invest overseas.

Jones Day has appointed corporate and M&A lawyer Ken Kiyohara as a partner based in its Tokyo office. Kiyohara has worked with US and UK law firms over the past 10 years in the United States and Tokyo and brings to Jones Day a experience in both domestic and cross-border corporate and financing transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, private equity, and leveraged finance transactions. He regularly provides corporate and compliance advice to corporate clients and financial institutions and his deep knowledge of Japanese securities regulations, practical approach and responsiveness to client matters were developed through his experience as a secondee to the Legal and Compliance Department of a leading US investment bank in Tokyo.

Li & Partners has appointed Yeung Man Sing, a well respected and experienced construction lawyer, as partner. Yeung will head the dispute resolution group of Li & Partners and joins the firm from Hui & Lam where he was partner. Yeung was previously a consulting quantity surveyor providing pre and post-contract services to developers in China and Hong Kong projects, particularly for Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and Peking China World Trade Centre. Yeung is chairman of the Association of Cost Engineers (HK) Region and has acted as arbitrator and mediator in a number of significant construction disputes in Hong Kong.

Ashurst has announced the appointment of Ashley Wright as a partner in the global energy team. Wright joins the firm from the Singapore office of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP. Specialising in the oil and gas, LNG, petrochemical and power sectors, he has extensive experience in project finance, M&A and acquisition finance. Wright has also worked as an in-house lawyer for eight years with BP, where he advised on a wide range of upstream oil and gas operational and project issues.

DLA Piper has appointed energy lawyer Paul Fredrick as Counsel in Japan. He has experience in oil and gas work for Japanese companies sector includes work on LNG projects and the acquisition and disposal of energy assets as well as cross-border pipeline projects in Asia, the Caspian, Middle East, Africa and Australia. Fredrick will handle matters related to energy, finance, project development and international mergers & acquisitions and joins DLA Piper’s Asian energy and infrastructure team as well as the firm’s corporate group. Prior to his appointment Fredrick served as Counsel with a leading multinational energy law firm in Tokyo. He has also served as General Counsel for ITOCHU Oil Exploration Co in Tokyo and worked for major law firms in California and Hawaii.


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