Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has bolstered its corporate practice in Asia with the addition of Chen Li as a partner in the firm’s Beijing office. She joins from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Chen has more than a decade’s experience handling cross-border transactions in China. Her practice concentrates on outbound and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and foreign direct investment, with a focus on major Chinese state-owned enterprises. Her recent cross-border M&A experience spans a wide range of sectors, including power and energy, mining, entertainment, telecoms, media, aviation and real estate. A native Chinese, she is admitted to practice in New York and is fluent in Mandarin and English.

K&L Gates has added Virginia Tam as a partner in the corporate and transactional practice in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Arriving from White & Case, Tam is dually qualified in New York and Hong Kong. With a focus on cross-border corporate transactions involving publicly-traded companies, she advises clients on private equity financing, including pre-IPO investments and private investments in publicly-traded equities; mergers and acquisitions, including management buyouts and reverse takeovers of listed companies; and public offerings in the United States and Hong Kong.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy has announced that Aled Davies will be joining the firm as a partner in the Tokyo office effective 1st September and will become a member of the firm’s global project finance group. Davies will join from Allen & Overy, where he was head of the Asia Pacific projects group. An English solicitor, he has been based in Tokyo since 1996 and is a registered gaikokuho jimu bengoshi in Japan. Davies advises key stakeholders on large projects globally. He has led financing and project development teams on projects throughout Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Central and South America, Russia and the CIS region, Africa and North America.


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