Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has appointed a team of three partners to its Greater China practice. The team, which will be based in Hong Kong, is led by Michael Liu and includes Jane M S Ng and Stephen Chan. The team has 30 years of experience advising on a range of corporate transactions in Hong Kong and London and is one of the most experienced in the Hong Kong legal market. Joining from Latham & Watkins in Hong Kong, Liu was co-chair of its Greater China Practice and was previously the managing partner of its Hong Kong office. Earlier in his career, he was a global board member, senior partner (China) and head of Asia Corporate at Allen & Overy’s Hong Kong office where he worked for 14 years. He served as a Hong Kong Financial Secretary-appointed independent director of Hong Kong Securities Clearing Company Ltd, member of the Takeovers and Mergers Panel of the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong, and council member of The Law Society of Hong Kong. He is currently a member of the Risk Management Committee of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd and a member of the Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal. On the other hand, Ng’s practice spans M&A and corporate finance transactions broadly with a PRC-focus. She joined from Latham & Watkins where she was a partner in its corporate practice. Prior to that, Ng was a partner at Allen & Overy in Hong Kong. She has been practicing in Hong Kong for 20 years. Finally, Chan joins from Latham & Watkins in Hong Kong where he was a partner designate. He has handled numerous high profile global offerings and listings in Hong Kong and has advised on many major transactions in various industries, such as media, retail, mining and financial services. Prior to that, Chan worked at the Hong Kong office of Allen & Overy. Moreover, he was previously seconded to Goldman Sach’s Asian Special Situation Group and handled private equity and distressed debt matters.

Mayer Brown JSM has expanded its Banking & Finance practice by adding Vincent Sum as partner in Hong Kong. He focuses his practice on complex capital markets matters, including structured products, derivatives, securitisations, retail and non-retail funds, secured lending and financing and debt capital markets matters (including Rule 144A/Regulation S global bond offerings). Sum advises underwriters, arrangers, portfolio managers, issuers, trustees and institutional investors. He has degrees spanning Master of Laws, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics and is qualified to practice in Hong Kong, New York and England and Wales.

Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed Eiji Kobayashi as a corporate partner in its Tokyo office. He joins from Japan’s largest law firm, Nishimura & Asahi, where he was a foreign law partner and co-head of the Cross Border Transactions group. Prior to this, he worked in the Houston, Texas and Tokyo offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Kobayashi is a US-qualified Japanese national M&A lawyer. He was brought up in Texas and has practiced in both the US and Japan. His practice is focused on advising Japanese corporates on outbound investments and M&A transactions.

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