Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has elected Tim Mak as a partner in its Asia dispute resolution practice based in Hong Kong. Mak has practised in Hong Kong for 15 years and is regarded as one of the leading financial services regulatory lawyers in Hong Kong. Well-known to the banks and other financial institutions, Mak specialises in both contentious and non-contentious regulatory matters, with a particular focus on regulatory investigations and related proceedings. He started his career at an international law firm in Hong Kong where he became a partner in 2007. Mak worked at the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission from 2000 to 2002. He is admitted to practice both in Hong Kong and the UK. He was educated in the UK and he is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Ropes & Gray added Victoria Lloyd to its capital markets team. Lloyd joins from Fried Frank and her arrival boosts the team’s capital markets and corporate departments. She has advised a number of high profile clients especially in the underwriting sector, on equity capital markets and M&A transactions. Lloyd is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

Morrison & Foerster has announced that Marcia Ellis has returned to the firm as a corporate partner in its Hong Kong office. She advises clients on debt financing, private equity transactions and complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Ellis left the firm in 2008 to become the chief legal officer for Asia at the D E Shaw group, where she assisted various entities in making, restructuring and exiting investments in Asia, particularly China and India. She also has extensive experience representing global funds in the acquisition and disposition of real estate assets, investment in real estate developers and establishment of real estate joint ventures. Fluent in both written and spoken Chinese, Ellis has practiced in Asia since 1996.

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