Herbert Smith Freehills has hired William Hallatt as a partner in its global financial services regulatory practice to be based in Hong Kong. He acts for banks, private wealth managers, hedge funds, investment managers and private equity firms. Hallatt specialises in contentious FSR matters, including advising firms facing regulatory enforcement proceedings and reviews. He conducts internal investigations for firms, particularly reviews of governance arrangements. His other areas of expertise include systems and controls, market abuse regimes and anti-money laundering and terrorist financing requirements. He joins from Linklaters, where he has worked in both their London and Hong Kong offices.

K&L Gates has added Siew Kam Boon as a partner in its M&A and private equity practices. Boon, who will work out of the firm’s Singapore and Shanghai offices, joins from O’Melveny & Myers. She focusses on cross-border M&A and private equity transactions across Asia. Representing private equity/venture capital funds, special situations groups, sovereign wealth funds and corporate clients on transactions across various sectors, she has been involved in some of the region’s largest high-profile M&A and private equity deals. She is regarded for her work on transactions involving Indonesia and, in particular, deals between China and Indonesia.

Latham & Watkins has appointed Howard Lam as a partner in the finance department of the firm’s Hong Kong office. Lam has extensive experience advising on a broad range of finance and insolvency matters, including leveraged acquisition financings, onshore/offshore syndicated loans, China outbound cross-border financings, pre-IPO financings, margin financings, debt capital market issuance, and bank/bondholders led debt restructurings and liquidations. He has advised banks, private equity funds and corporates in Hong Kong and China on high profile financings and restructurings across Asia and Europe. Lam joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Hong Kong.

Proskauer Rose has appointed David Chu as a partner to lead its Asia litigation practice, resident in Hong Kong. He has a wealth of experience advising on securities-related litigation, regulatory compliance and commercial litigation. Chu represents multinationals in suits before the Hong Kong High Court and advises major Hong Kong and PRC-based companies doing business in the US. He has handled numerous matters involving regulation both in Hong Kong and in the US under various legislation, including the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Ordinance, the Import and Export Ordinance, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the US Patriot Act. He joins from Dechert where he led its Asia litigation practice.

Squire Sanders has added Michelle Segaert as a corporate and financial services partner. Joining from Sparke Helmore, She has over 17 years’ experience in funds management, corporate transactional work and financial services regulation. She specialises in funds management work across the spectrum of listed, unlisted, registered and unregistered funds and Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) advisory work. She advises on the establishment, management and operations of onshore and offshore fund and investment vehicles. She began her career at King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney and has worked at Linklaters in London. She also has extensive in-house experience as general counsel at investment bank Carnegie Wylie (now Lazard Carnegie Wylie) and was also senior corporate counsel at Allco Finance Group Ltd.

Virtus Law has strengthened its capital markets and M&A practice areas with the addition of three partners Elaine Beh, Allan Tan and Kong Seh Ping from Colin Ng & Partners, where they were partners in its corporate department. Beh has substantial experience advising on IPOs, joint venture and M&A transactions. She also regularly advises on SGX compliance and corporate governance issues. Her clients include Singaporean and international companies involved in a wide range of industries. Tan regularly advises SGX-listed companies on their corporate regulatory and compliance matters, additional capital raising and M&A transactions. He has a diverse range of clients, ranging from local SMEs to international hedge funds. Tan also sits as independent director on the board of several SGX and ASX listed companies. Finally, Seh Ping is experienced in cross-border M&A and joint ventures, and has advised on a number of transactions in the Asia Pacific for clients that range from multinational companies to high net worth individuals. In addition to corporate commercial and advisory work, she also frequently advises start-ups and services providers in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sectors.

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