Kirkland & Ellis International has added Paula Liu as a partner in the corporate practice group of its Shanghai office. Liu concentrates on M&A transactions with a focus on private equity. She has built a reputation as one of the leading young corporate and private equity lawyers in Shanghai. Liu joins from the Shanghai office of Clifford Chance, where she advised private equity funds and multinational companies on their investments, acquisitions, disposals and strategic transactions in China.

Simmons & Simmons has expanded its dispute resolution practice with the addition of Payam Beheshti, who joins the Dubai office as a partner on January 22, 2017. Beheshti joins from Clifford Chance, where he specialised in commercial disputes, contentious regulatory and investigations, particularly in the financial institutions sector. He also advises on cyber-crime, data protection, anti-corruption and insolvency litigation.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has added Geoffrey Chan as a partner to lead its Asia Pacific investment management practice to be based in the firm?s Hong Kong office. Previously a partner and head of the Asia private investment funds practice at another global law firm, Chan focuses on the formation and structuring of Asia-based US dollar-denominated private investment funds, particularly in Greater China. Fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, he regularly represents sponsors and investors of a wide variety of fund types, ranging from private equity and venture capital to co-investment and real estate funds. Chan advises on issues, including fundraising and holding company structuring, as well as internal fund issues and investment activities. Prior to attending law school, he was an investment banker and financial analyst at a major global investment bank. Chan is a member of the New York bar and the Law Society of Hong Kong. He received his JD degree from Stanford Law School in 2004 and his bachelor?s degree from the University of Toronto in 1998.

Walkers has added Jenny Nip as a partner in the corporate and investment funds group at the firm?s Hong Kong office. With substantive offshore experience and a focus on the Hong Kong and China markets, Nip specialises in all areas of corporate transactions, including capital market transactions, M&As and downstream private equity financing and investment deals. She has extensive experience in representing issuers, arrangers and investors on pre-IPO financings and listings of BVI and Cayman Islands companies on global stock exchanges. She also has significant expertise advising international banks, financial institutions, leasing companies and corporations on bank finance and debt capital market transactions.

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