In his return to the firm, Kim & Chang has appointed Sung Jin Hwang as a senior foreign attorney with a focus on M&A, finance and white collar criminal defense. Hwang has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, private equity, venture capital, securities regulation and complex financial litigation. Prior to rejoining the firm, he was engaged as managing director in the Hong Kong and Seoul offices of international private equity firm Warburg Pincus and as head of North Asia M&A at CSFB, over a period spanning 12 years. Earlier in his career, from 1991 to 1998, Hwang practiced law in Kim & Chang’s Seoul office and with Sullivan & Cromwell in its Los Angeles and Hong Kong offices, advising US and Asian multinational corporations and financial institutions on M&A, cross-border transactions, and private equity and capital market transactions.

Kim & Chang has also appointed Tae-Wook Shin as a senior advisor to the firm’s Customs and International Trade practice group. Prior to joining the firm, Shin held numerous positions at the Korea Customs Service (KCS) over the past 14 years, including posts as Head of the Suwon Customs Office and as Director of the International Cooperation Division and Intelligence Division. He also served as Korea’s representative to the World Customs Organization (WCO) in Brussels for three years. While at KCS, Shin focused primarily on policy design and enforcement, and coordination of customs and international trade matters under the auspices of the WCO. Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in customs valuation, classification, rules of origin and other enforcement activities by Korea’s customs authorities.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has appointed Maurice Hoo as a partner and co-head of the firm’s global Private Equity practice. Hoo, who will be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office, formerly led the China private equity practice of US law firm Paul Hastings, where he was a partner for the last five years. With a client base that includes some of the world’s leading private equity funds and financial institutions, he regularly represents international private equity funds and private equity groups within global financial institutions in investments in China and other parts of Asia. From 1990 to 1997, Hoo practised at several leading US law firms in San Francisco. He has been in Hong Kong since 1998 and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. He currently serves as counsel to the China Venture Capital Association and the China Real Estate Developers and Investors Association.

WongPartnership has appointed Andrew Watson as joint head of the firm’s Middle East practice and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property, Media & Technology practice. Watson has extensive experience in TMT, energy and infrastructure, banking and financial services, healthcare, EU copyright, anti-trust and trade law, and general corporate and commercial work. Prior to joining the firm, he was managing partner in the Middle East offices of Denton Wilde Sapte (Muscat) and Clyde & Co (Doha). A British national, Watson graduated from the University of Cambridge and was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1981. Significant transactions he has been involved in include advising on port expansion and operations projects in Yemen and KSA, and advising the Government of Oman on the US$800 million IPO of state-run telecommunications operator Omantel (the largest IPO in Oman’s history).

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