Bird & Bird has appointed Wing On Chui to its corporate practice in Hong Kong on 4 February 2015. Joining from King & Wood Mallesons, he has over 20 years’ legal experience specialising in corporate finance, securities, M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, private equity and PRC-related transactions. Chui also has extensive experience in handling IPOs for PRC enterprises and non-PRC companies on the Main Board and Growth Enterprise market of the HKSE. He was appointed as a China-Appointed Attesting Officer by the Ministry of Justice of the PRC in 2009 and has also been a member of the Professional Services Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council since 2013.

DLA Piper has added Melody He-Chen as a partner in the corporate practice in Hong Kong. She advises investment banks and corporations on capital markets and corporate matters in Asia and the US, where she has also practiced. She focuses on securities offerings and also regularly advises clients on financings, private equity investments, M&As and compliance matters. She has worked on numerous equity capital markets transactions involving Chinese corporates and other companies, which include global offerings and listings on the HKSE, SEC-registered offerings, secondary offerings, rights issues and share placings. Her debt capital markets practice covers a broad range of products, including high yield debt, credit-enhanced bonds, investment grade bonds, RMB dim sum bonds and equity-linked products, such as convertible bonds. He-Chen hails from Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office, where she was a partner.

Latham & Watkins has announced that William Woo has rejoined the firm in Hong Kong as a partner in the Corporate Department. He joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Hong Kong. Woo initially joined Latham & Watkins as a partner in February 2009 from Allen & Overy in Hong Kong. His practice focuses on equity capital markets and M&A matters, particularly in connection with pre-IPO investments and listings on the HKSE (both the Main Board and the Growth Enterprise Market) and cross-border M&As, joint ventures and private equity work. With more than 15 years of experience, Woo has counselled numerous Chinese and international companies, private equity firms, public sector entities and investment and commercial banks on their securities offerings and investments across Asia and in a broad range of business sectors, including energy and mining, financial services, real estate, agriculture, technology, media and telecommunications. Qualified to practice Hong Kong and English law, Woo is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese as well as English. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Law in 1996 and his Masters in 2000, both from Cambridge University. He graduated with distinction from Law School at the University of Hong Kong in 1997.

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