Baker McKenzie has added Karl Egbert as a partner in its North America corporate and securities practice. Based in New York, he advises asset managers on a variety of regulatory, corporate and business matters related to private and registered funds. He has extensive experience advising hedge fund managers in the US and the Asia Pacific on fund formation matters and negotiations with strategic fund investors. Egbert also assists international financial institutions and fund managers on a range of regulatory issues, including US Securities and Exchange Commission adviser registration and exemptions, US and Asian derivatives regulations and strategic advice on regulatory initiatives, such as the Stock Connect program in China and over-the-counter derivatives reforms. Previously, he was a partner at Dechert, and worked in its Hong Kong office from 2011 to 2016. While at Dechert, he drafted portions of the rules for the first-ever stock market trading link between Hong Kong and Mainland China (Stock Connect).

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has added highly regarded litigation and insolvency specialist Felicity Healy as partner, based in the firm’s Sydney office. She joins from Henry Davis York, re-joining former colleagues Patrick O’Grady, Ben Emblin, Cameron Cheetham, Craig Ensor and Michael Catchpoole who recently joined the firm. In her 17-year legal career, Healy has worked in three jurisdictions — UK, New Zealand and Australia — with the common thread being her interest in advising some of the world’s leading financial institutions on their legal risks and issues. She is known for her ability to provide commercially astute advice in large and complex matters, such as the high profile Octaviar liquidation and a large scale mortgage fraud matter on behalf of a leading financial institution.

Duane Morris has added Kening Li, PhD, as partner and head of intellectual property in China, while Duane Morris & Selvam has added him as a director in the firm’s Shanghai office. Li joins after working at Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone, where he was chief of IP, China, based in its Shanghai office. He concentrates on formulating IP strategy and is highly experienced in worldwide IP procurement and enforcement, including patent litigation in both China and the US, and patent and trademark prosecution. He has worked as a patent attorney, as in-house counsel and in private practice. Li has also served as general counsel for the Chinese Biopharmaceutical Association US for 12 years.

Latham & Watkins has added Catherine McBride as a contentious regulatory partner in the Hong Kong office. She will be a member of the white-collar defence and investigations practice and the financial institutions group. McBride is one of the most experienced contentious regulatory practitioners in Asia. She brings expertise, insight and solution-focused, practical advice to banking, private equity and corporate clients in the region. She has many years of experience handling contentious matters, including regulatory proceedings, regulatory and criminal investigations and civil claims across the Asia Pacific. Most recently, she served as associate general counsel, head of litigation and regulatory enforcement for North Asia-Pacific at Deutsche Bank, based in Hong Kong. McBride has handled a wide range of matters before a full spectrum of regulatory authorities, including the Hong Kong Securities & Futures Commission and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. She has substantial experience handling regulatory, governmental and internal investigations, as well as a number of civil claims in Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, McBride also held senior roles at KPMG and Ernst & Young, in China and the UK, respectively, where she gained significant experience handling complex commercial, regulatory and litigation matters. In addition, she has 10 years of litigation experience at a magic circle law firm, where she advised on a wide variety of contentious cross-border matters. She is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and also in Hong Kong.

Mayer Brown JSM has added Kayal Sachi and Ian Roebuck as banking and finance partners in Singapore. The new hires, who are joining from Allen & Overy, will focus on acquisition and leveraged finance, event-driven finance, corporate lending and restructuring transactions in Southeast Asia and India, on behalf of regional and global financial institutions, corporates, private equity funds and debt funds. Sachi is an accomplished lawyer who has advised and acted for a wide-range of local and global companies and financial institutions over a career spanning more than three decades. Having served global banking institutions and leading international law firms in London, Singapore and Australia, she has built up a wealth of experience advising clients on a diverse range of products, including acquisition and leveraged finance, project finance, telecoms finance and asset finance. Roebuck has more than 14 years’ experience advising global and regional clients on complex cross-border financings in Southeast Asia, India and Europe. He has a background in acquisition and leveraged finance transactions and has worked on many recent acquisitions and leveraged finance transactions in Southeast Asia and India. He also has significant experience advising on high profile share-backed financing, corporate financing and restructuring transactions.

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