Baker & McKenzie has added Arthur Apos as a partner in its Melbourne office on 2 February 2015. He specializes in M&As, company law and governance, joint ventures, franchising and distressed investing. Apos acts for many large Australian and global businesses and has particular experience in the industrial, manufacturing and automotive sectors. He joins from Ashurst where he was head of the corporate practice in Melbourne and Perth. Apos has extensive experience advising on the acquisition and divestment of Australian companies and businesses. He has acted on numerous transactions, including the Korda Mentha sale of the Gunns timber saw milling and distribution operations, Citywide’s acquisition of the Technigro and Sterling businesses, SPX’s divestment of its service solutions business, PWC’s sale of a major stake in Oaks Hotels and Resorts, and PPB’s sale of the Tyrecorp business.

K&L Gates has added Michael Wong as a partner in its Hong Kong investment management, hedge funds and alternative investments practice. He joins from Allen & Overy. Concentrating his practice on investment management and financial regulation, Wong has extensive experience advising fund managers and financial institutions on the structuring, establishment, and distribution of a broad range of fund products, including hedge, alternative investment and SFC-authorized funds. He also counsels on a wide variety of other financial regulatory areas, including licensing and registration of financial intermediaries, managed accounts, custody arrangements, disclosure of interests, insider dealing and outsourcing. Wong’s recent notable transactions include his representation of a Chinese financial institution on the listing of the first RQFII “open-ended” fund on the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange.

Norton Rose Fulbright has added John Elliott as a partner in Australia. He has most recently been the senior M&A partner at Clayton Utz in Sydney. Elliott has over 25 years of experience in complex corporate transactions, acting in bid and defence roles for public listed company takeovers, majority shareholder sell-downs and schemes of arrangement. He has worked across industries, advising domestic and international companies but has a particular focus on the energy and resources and financial services sectors.

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