Fangda Partners has appointed Victor Yu as a partner in the firm’s Shenzhen office. Yu focuses on private equity and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, FDI and cross-border commercial arrangements, and has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, especially in the TMT and entertainment industries. Before joining the firm, he was engaged as counsel with Hogan & Hartson LLP, working in that firm’s Beijing and Hong Kong offices for more than 7 years. He is qualified to practice in both China and New York.

Withers has appointed Todd Beutler as partner in the firm’s US tax team in Hong Kong. Beutler has more than 13 years of experience as a US tax lawyer, and his practice focuses on analysing, structuring and negotiating private equity investments and joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, development and commercialisation of IP/IT, and core commercial transactions. Providing cross-border tax and estate planning advice for high-net worth individuals and their businesses, trusts and family offices, and related charitable organizations, he regularly represents clients in tax cases with US federal and state tax authorities, and in litigation of disputes involving trusts, estates, conservatorships and guardianships. He is admitted to practice before the US Tax Court and has clerked for the chief judge of the US Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio.

Yulchon has strengthened its international trade and investment, cross-border dispute resolution, and corporate law practices with the rejoining of Tong Soo Chung to the firm. Chung was previously with Yulchon from 2004 until 2006, when he left to head Invest KOREA, Korea’s foreign direct investment promotion agency. As head of the agency, he oversaw efforts that brought more than US$10 billion of FDI into Korea every year. Chung gained extensive experience in foreign trade promotion when he served as a Clinton-era appointee at the International Trade Administration (ITA) of the US Department of Commerce. After leaving the ITA, he served as a statutory auditor, director, and senior advisor to Maxon Telecom, a cellular phone and two-way radio manufacturer in Korea (2001-2004). He began his legal career in Los Angeles, where he worked for more than ten years as a lawyer and founded a law firm that operates today under the name of Lim, Ruger & Kim.

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