Fred Chang, Merchant Banking and Structured Credit specialist, is set to join Lovells’ Asia corporate team as a partner in Beijing after the Chinese New Year. With over 20 years of experience representing financial institutions, including 10 in Asia, Chang is recognised as one of the leading corporate finance and derivatives lawyers in China and is credited with having established a leading practice by the main legal directories. He has had considerable experience at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank Asia, where he was Asia general counsel for 5 years. Chang has also lectured at the University of International Business and Economics Law School in Beijing, authored the ‘Legal Foundations of Corporate Financial Transactions’ and chaired ISDA’s North Asia legal committee from 1995 to 1998. He joins from White & Case in Beijing and is a former partner at King & Wood.

Lovells’ Hong Kong office announced the arrival of London based leveraged and acquisition finance partner Gary Hamp. Hamp’s move from Lovells’ London office is part of a strategic re-alignment by the Hong Kong finance practice to focus on high-end leveraged and acquisition finance work for private equity firms and investment banks. Returning to the region, he brings with him one of the strongest portfolios of experience to the Asia market, having advised on some of the largest deals in Europe including acting for Mizuho on the €1.2 billion acquisition of the Fitness First Group, UBS and Mizuho on the financing of the €800 million acquisition of the AZ Materials Group by Vestar Capital Partners and The Carlyle Group and for the Mandated Lead Arrangers (Barclays Capital, RBS and ABN AMRO) on the financing of the £12 billion acquisition of Scottish Power by Iberdrola Group.

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