Ashurst has added PH Chik as a partner in its corporate practice, based in Hong Kong. Chik was a partner in Linklaters’ Beijing office from 2012. Prior to that, he was a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Beijing office from 2007 to 2012. Chik specialises in Hong Kong listing work, including IPOs, secondary offerings and post-listing compliance, with a particular focus on Chinese state-owned enterprises. He has over 20 years of experience and a market-leading reputation.

Baker McKenzie has added Paul Teo as a partner in the dispute resolution practice group based in Hong Kong. Focusing on international and domestic arbitration and dispute resolution, Teo handles commercial disputes and disputes arising out of projects spanning the energy (oil and gas, power, renewables), infrastructure, construction, offshore and marine, and telecommunications sectors in Hong Kong and across the region. During his career, he has worked on matters across a variety of jurisdictions, including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Mongolia, as well as the US, Latin America and Africa. Teo was previously a partner with Hogan Lovells, where he was joint head of the firm’s international arbitration practice in Southeast Asia. He has almost 20 years of experience advising and representing parties in major disputes involving arbitration, adjudication, alternative dispute resolution and court proceedings. He is also a chartered arbitrator and sits regularly as arbitrator on ad-hoc and institutional cases.

Clyde & Co has expanded its shipping practice with the addition of Ian Chung as partner in its Dubai office. Chung brings a wealth of transactional, non-contentious experience which will complement the firm’s existing contentious shipping/transportation and offshore marine practice in the Middle East. He has worked in the Middle East since 2008, where he specialises in corporate and finance work in the international trade, maritime and oilfield services sectors. He joins from Holman Fenwick Willan in Dubai, where he was a partner in the corporate group. Chung acts for regional and international financiers and operators and has been involved in and led many of the largest transactions in those sectors in recent years.

SCL Law Group has added Sorraya Boonsongprasert as a partner in SCL Tax Consultants in January 2017. Prior to joining the group, she was a country tax manager of Unilever (Thailand), where she headed the tax team of Unilever Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR. Before that, she was an assistant tax director at HNP Counselors, on top of successful stints at Ernest & Young (EY) Australia, EY Thailand Corporate Services and KPMG Phoomchai Tax & Legal (Thailand). With over 15 years of experience as a professional tax advisor, Boonsongprasert brings with her in-depth knowledge and expertise in various areas of taxation. Her extensive experience includes transfer pricing, tax compliance, business liquidation, tax due diligence, settlement of tax audit issues and EBT transactions.

White & Case has expanded its banking capabilities in Asia with the addition of Andrew Bishop as a local partner in the firm’s global banking practice in Hong Kong. He works with financial sponsors, corporate borrowers and banks and has significant experience advising borrowers and sponsors on structuring and negotiating complex cross-border financing transactions. Bishop also advises investment banks, private equity funds, venture funds, institutional and strategic investors on a wide range of financing transactions, including leveraged acquisition finance, real estate finance, refinancings and restructurings, debt buy-backs, bank/bond transactions, bridge finance, margin loans and back-leverage financings, as well as subscription and capital call financings. He joins from Ropes & Gray and brings nine years of experience.

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