Akin Gump has added Allen Shyu as a partner in its Beijing office. Shyu joins from Stephenson Harwood, where he was the lead partner in the Beijing office. His practice focuses on advising mid-sized and large-scale public companies on equity capital markets and corporate M&A transactions, particularly in the energy and natural resources sector. A native of Taiwan, Shyu also regularly advises Taiwanese companies issuing equity and equity-linked securities and venture capital/private equity transactions for emerging companies in that market. He is a US-qualified corporate and capital markets lawyer advising on cross-border M&As; US securities matters, including on securities offered and listed internationally; private equity and venture capital investments; and other corporate transactions. He is also a registered foreign lawyer in Hong Kong. Before joining Stephenson Harwood, Shyu was managing partner of Troutman Sanders’ Beijing office. He received his JD, as well as an MA, from the University of Detroit Mercy. He received his LLB from the National Taiwan University.

Dentons Hong Kong will add Allan Leung as a partner in the litigation and dispute resolution practice in Hong Kong effective May 27, 2019. Prior to joining the firm, Leung was a partner in the dispute resolution practice of Hogan Lovells in Hong Kong, and had been the office managing partner for a number of years. He has over 30 years of experience dealing in a broad range of dispute work.

K&L Gates has added Dale Araki as a corporate/M&A partner in its Tokyo office. Joining from Morrison & Foerster, Araki represents Japanese, US and other companies from across the globe on a variety of international business transactions. This includes working with both buyers and sellers on mergers, corporate and real estate acquisitions and investments, manufacturing and technology joint ventures, and restructuring transactions in the US, Japan and other Asian countries. His clients operate across a broad spectrum of industries, in which managing and protecting intellectual property rights are critical. Such clients include major Hollywood studios, prominent Japanese technology companies, and leading European fashion houses.

LC Lawyers has added Bonnie Yung and Jason Wang as partners. Yung and Wang advise on corporate finance, capital markets, M&As and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining the firm, they worked separately with reputable US law firms. They are experienced in Hong Kong IPOs, fund raising and M&As involving Hong Kong-listed companies.

Mayer Brown has added Sheng Wu as a partner in the firm’s corporate and securities practice in Hong Kong. Wu was previously a partner focused on China-related M&As with DLA Piper in Hong Kong. He has impressive experience advising international investors and companies on M&As and investment opportunities in China and other parts of Asia, with a focus on both corporate and regulatory matters, in the insurance, financial services and health care sectors.

Nishimura & Asahi has hired Tateshi Higuchi, former Japanese ambassador to Myanmar, as an adviser in Tokyo. He was previously superintendent general of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department from 2011 to 2013 and was appointed as Japan’s ambassador to Myanmar in 2014, a position he held until 2018. He will help to develop the firm’s corporate criminal practice and its Yangon office, while also strengthening its capabilities in the fields of cyber security, money laundering, protection of industrial and trade secrets, and export control.

Rajah & Tann has appointed Patrick Ang as its new Singapore managing partner, taking over from Lee Eng Beng. Lee hands over the reins of Singapore’s leading law firm after nine years at the helm. He will remain as senior partner as well as chairman of Rajah & Tann Asia, one of the largest legal networks in Southeast Asia.

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