Abdullah Chan & Co Advocates and Solicitors has added Yap Hui Lu as a partner. Yap has been in practice for 18 years and has extensive experience in corporate and financing transactions, from M&A, joint ventures, securities law and regulations, cross-border and project financing, banking and corporate finance and foreign investments to real property and development projects. She graduated from the University of Bristol, England in 1993 and holds an LLM in corporate and commercial law from King’s College London. After being called to the Bar of England & Wales, she returned to Malaysia and was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1997. She became a partner of a leading Kuala Lumpur law firm in June 2008.

Chooi & Company has added David Ong as a new partner in the firm’s Corporate & Financial Services Department on 1st July 2014. Ong has advised on IPOs, takeovers, privatisations, corporate financing exercises, M&A, joint ventures and foreign direct investments. He has also advised on engineering procurement and construction contracts, power purchase agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, government procurements and bids for infrastructure projects. Ong graduated with a double degree of Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne in 2002 and obtained a Master’s degree in Finance from the Warwick Business School in 2007. Ong was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia in 2003 and an advocate and solicitor of the High Court in Malaya in 2006.
under the Dodd-Frank Act.

Dentons has boosted its finance practice in Hong Kong with the lateral hire of Jeff Chen as partner from Cadwalader. Chen has extensive experience in capital markets, structured finance and derivatives, with an emphasis in limited recourse and cross-border financing structures of all types, including asset-backed securities and asset-backed loans. He also advises on compliance with the Volcker Rule and on the regulation of OTC derivatives under the Dodd-Frank Act.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has expanded its presence in Beijing and Hong Kong with two partners, Patricia Tan Openshaw and Fang Xue. Openshaw joins the Hong Kong office. She focusses on project development and finance, M&A and banking and finance transactions in the energy and infrastructure sector. She has substantial experience representing diverse clients in connection with the development, financing and infrastructure projects. Openshaw advises Asian and US companies in cross-border acquisitions, restructurings, refinancings, private equity investments and divestitures of energy and infrastructure assets throughout the region. She has handled energy and infrastructure transactions in Indonesia, Australia, China, Fiji, India, Korea, Thailand, Singapore and the US. Before joining the firm, she practiced with Paul Hastings and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York and Hong Kong. Xue has joined the firm’s Beijing office. She has broad-based corporate and commercial experience, and focusses on cross-border M&A transactions. She has represented Chinese and international corporations, state-owned enterprises and private equity funds in going private transactions, tender offers, stock and asset purchase transactions, venture capital and private equity transactions. Before joining the firm, Xue was counsel with Shearman & Sterling, where she practiced since 2003 in the New York, Hong Kong and Beijing offices. She graduated magna cum laude in 2003 from Duke University School of Law.

Hogan Lovells has added tax specialist Ernie Lai King as a partner in the firm’s Johannesburg office. Previously head of the China Group at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, he will be heading the firm’s tax and China practices in South Africa. King has 30 years’ experience in M&A, dispute resolution, structured finance and international tax. He has held a number of prominent positions at various institutions, including the SA Chamber of Business Tax Committee and the Income Tax Special Court of Appeal (a State President appointment). He has also appeared regularly before the South African Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Finance to comment on tax reform. Currently, he is nominated to the Council SA Institute of Tax Practitioners.

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