Ho Soo Lih has joined Colin Ng & Partners LLP as a partner in the firm’s real estate & conveyancing practice group. Specialising in real estate transactions, Ho has advised public and private companies, financial institutions, developers and individuals on a variety of transactions ranging from land tenders, joint ventures, share sales and purchases, real estate investment trusts and collective sales relating to the acquisition and disposition of real estate and leases. Ho also has previous experience advising on regulatory, compliance, banking and financing issues which arise from these transactions, and has previously dealt with relevant authorities including the Singapore Exchange and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Transactions worked on have involved properties located around the region, including Malaysia, Australia and China.

Ropes & Gray has appointed Paul W. Boltz Jr. as partner in the firm’s corporate department in Hong Kong. Formerly a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office, Boltz has experience advising US-listed and pre-IPO companies based in China on matters, and has focused on complex cross-border transactional matters which frequently have contained a US securities component. Having graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and obtained a law degree from Villanova University School of Law, Boltz was later admitted to the bars of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has announced that senior Citigroup lawyer Royce Miller is set to join the firm as a partner. Royce, who is currently managing director and general counsel of Citigroup’s Asia Pacific Institutional Clients Group, will join Freshfields’ Hong Kong office in early 2010, from where he will lead the firm’s financial services practice in Asia. Having worked at Citigroup for over 15 years, Royce is viewed as one of the leading general counsel in Hong Kong by the firm and, according to Michael Raffan, partner and head of the firm’s financial services group, his appointment is regarded as a “real coup.” The firm believes there is an increasing importance for the need of sound regulatory and risk advice, and anticipates that Royce’s presence will have an immediate impact on its ability to advise clients in an ever-changing financial landscape.

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