Sidley Austin LLP has announced that Alan Linning has joined the firm’s Hong Kong Litigation and Regulatory practice as partner, effective as of 1 July 2009. Having practiced in litigation and contentious regulatory matters for 25 years, Linning has vast experience working with the region’s commercial and finance sectors and, prior to his appointment with the international firm, was engaged as Managing Director and Head of Asia Regional Compliance at JPMorgan Chase from 2006. He also previously served for four years as Executive Director of Enforcement and as a Board Member at the Securities and Futures Commission, Hong Kong’s securities regulator. Linning is qualified to practice in Hong Kong, where he has now spent over 20 years, in addition to being admitted in Australia and Scotland. The firm is pleased to have Linning on board to advise clients who are facing an increasingly complex regulatory environment amidst tough economic conditions, and it is expected he will advise on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters and compliance issues.

Kim & Chang has announced the appointment of partner Edward Kim. Joining from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP where he was a partner in the firm’s corporate department, Kim offers extensive experience in US and international mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate spin-offs, restructurings and joint ventures. Previously based in New York, London, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Kim has represented numerous institutions and corporations on cross-border transactions across Asia, the US, Europe and elsewhere. The South Korean firm is keen to utilise Kim’s experience to strengthen its capabilities in the areas of inbound and outbound mergers and acquisitions and private equity.

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