Jones Day has reunited with former New York and Singapore offices partner Dennis Barsky with his return to the firm as a Private Equity partner in the Singapore office. Barsky has 15 years experience in complex M&A transactions, including leveraged buyouts. He has counseled US public companies and foreign issuers in connection with public and private debt and equity offerings, and has also been an advisor to Boards of Directors and Special Committees regarding corporate governance issues. Prior to rejoining the firm, Barksy was a partner and portfolio manager at a leading event-driven hedge fund based in Singapore, where he ran the Risk Arbitrage and Special Situations portfolios.

Jones Day has also named Manoj Bhargava to the firm’s partnership in Singapore. Bhargava specialises on IPOs, follow-on offerings and private placements (including SEC-registered offerings and listings on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, and the stock exchanges of Mumbai, London, Luxembourg and Singapore). He also focuses on mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments and dispositions. In the past three years, he has completed more than 20 capital markets and private equity transactions in India and has worked on transactions Australia, China, Europe and the United States.

Kim & Chang has expanded its M&A and finance practices with the appointment of two new foreign attorneys, Sang Hyuk Park and Nelson K. Ahn, both former partners at major US law firms.

Park joined the firm as a senior foreign attorney in its Corporate Department. He has extensive experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, lending transactions, capital markets, and joint ventures and collaborations. Before joining the firm, Park practiced law in New York at Dechert LLP since 1996, where he was a partner in the Corporate & Securities Department since 2003.

Ahn joined the firm as a senior foreign attorney in its Finance Department. He has over 20 years’ experience in advising financial and non-financial institutions in cross-border and local transactions. Prior to relocating to Korea in 2007 to serve as Senior Counselor to the Minister of Finance & Economy, he practiced law with two major US law firms as equity partner in New York. He currently serves as a member of the Self-Regulation Committee of the Korea Financial Investment Association and teaches M&A at the KAIST Graduate School of Finance.

Reed Smith has appointed Michael Fosh as partner to its corporate & securities group in its Beijing office, effective 4 January 2009. Fosh is a renowned capital markets lawyer in the Greater China region who has led the world’s largest IPO, the listing of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). He has broad experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and corporate finance work in Hong Kong and Mainland China, including in the fields of private equity, strategic investments, and sovereign wealth funds. He joins the firm from Herbert Smith where he was chief representative of that firm’s Beijing operation.

Shearman & Sterling LLP intends to launch a Hong Kong law practice with the addition of two leading corporate partners, Colin Law and Peter Chen, to the Hong Kong office. The two new partners, recognised as leading lawyers in the fields of Corporate/M&A and Capital Markets, are establishing a local law firm which, upon approval of the Hong Kong Law Society, will be merged into Shearman’s Hong Kong operations.

Law joins the firm as partner and co-head of the Hong Kong office from the Hong Kong office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he led that firm’s Hong Kong corporate practice. Law has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and in a wide range of industries, including the financial services, insurance, natural resources and telecom sectors. He is both UK and Hong Kong qualified and regularly represents multinational corporations and global investment and commercial banking firms.

Chen also joins as a partner from the Hong Kong office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Hong Kong-qualified, Chen specialises in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions and has advised on numerous Hong Kong and London initial public offerings.

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