Mao Tong has joined the international law firm Bryan Cave LLP as a partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Tong’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial transactions, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, securities transactions and international joint ventures. He regularly advises multinational corporations and investors in corporate and commercial matters throughout China and Asia. Tong has spent most of his career practicing law in China. He received his J.D. from Columbia University Law School and his B.A. from Wesleyan University. Tong was formerly the Co-Managing Partner of the Hong Kong office of Hogan & Hartson.

John Fadely has joined Clifford Chance as a partner in the Tokyo office, where he most recently led and managed a leading US firm’s Asian private funds practice. Fadley is a US qualified lawyer, and fluent in both Japanese and Mandarin. He is a BA graduate of Princeton University in east Asian studies, and graduated from the dual JD/MBA program at Columbia School of Law and Columbia Business School. He is admitted in both California and New York.

Ong Sim Ho has joined the team of Drew & Napier Singapore. Ong has more than 10 years of experience in tax law, his area of specialisation. He has been running his own practice since December 2001, which will cease to operate with his move to Drew & Napier. He was formerly with the Tax Interpretations & Treaties Branch, and the Law Division, of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS). He holds both a LLB (Honours) and an Accountancy degree and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Ong is also a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Accountancy of Singapore Management University and a member of the Investigation Committee of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore which looks into complaints of professional misconduct against CPAs.

Sharon J. Mann has joined Reed Smith Richards Butler as partner in its Beijing office. Mann is a former senior director of the Trade Facilitation Office at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and advises on Chinese investment, capital markets and trade issues. Mann previously practiced law in Singapore, and conducted research on Chinese economic laws and regulations for the Chinese Law Project at the East-West Center in Honolulu. She has served as a member of the boards of the American Chamber of Commerce, People’s Republic of China; and the Hong Kong American Chamber of Commerce. Mann is admitted to the Bar in California and Hawaii and is fluent in Mandarin.

Reed Smith Richards Butler’s Beijing office also welcomes new partner Hugh T. Scogin Jr. Scogin is a corporate partner focusing on investment and other corporate transactions, M&A, and dispute resolution, and a long-time authority on Chinese law. He has more than two decades of experience advising clients on Chinese business matters and was formerly a partner in the China practice at Coudert Brothers, based in Beijing and Shanghai. Scogin has published two books and many articles on Chinese law, and has taught Chinese law in several U.S. and international schools of law, including Yale University and New York University. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Scogin is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Beijing Legal Aid Foundation. He is admitted to the Bar in New York, is a registered foreign lawyer in Hong Kong and is fluent in Mandarin, proficient in German, and reads Japanese.

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