Jones Day has announced that Maria Tan Pedersen has joined as their banking and finance practice as a partner and will be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Formerly a partner with K&L Gates, she is an international projects and commercial lawyer, with an extensive and diverse background in international and domestic transactions, financing, contracts and arbitration, crossing multiple sectors and involving governmental, public and private clients. Pedersen is also experienced in matters involving the energy sector, both conventional and renewable, and will continue to maintain a special focus on Southeast Asia and Greater China. She received her JD at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and is admitted to the bars of District of Columbia, New York and is a registered foreign lawyer in Hong Kong. She is fluent in English and French.

Reed Smith has appointed Ivan Chiang to its partnership. Based in Shanghai, Chiang joins the firm’s corporate and securities group from K&L Gates. He has over 15 years of experience advising clients in China on M&A, capital market transactions, private equity financings, RMB fund formation, direct investments, construction and property related matters. Chiang also has broad capital market experience advising companies offering and listing their securities on the Hong Kong, London and Luxembourg Stock Exchanges. He has worked in-house in the technology, semiconductor, and wireless communications industries. Chiang is admitted to practice in New York and Hong Kong and is fluent in Chinese and English.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton has appointed Simon Kai-Tse Cheong as a partner in the firm’s corporate and finance and bankruptcy practice groups, based in the firm’s Beijing office. Cheong joins from the Chinese law firm Zhong Lun in Beijing. He has more than 16 years experience advising multinational companies and financial institutions on cross-border M&A and financing matters. Cheong has also served as senior counsel for the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) and was responsible for managing the IFC’s legal activities in mainland China. His clients included major multilateral and government institutions, such as the IFC, China-ASEAN Investment Cooperation Fund, the Swedish Export Credit Corporation, KfW IPEX-Bank, and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation.

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