Hogan Lovells has added Stephanie Tang as a partner in the corporate practice; she will be based in the Hong Kong office. She will be joining from Shearman & Sterling. Earlier in her career, Tang was an associate in the Shanghai office of Hogan & Hartson, a legacy firm of Hogan Lovells. She is an established and well-regarded M&A, private equity and capital markets partner, with a strong track record of successfully advising Chinese companies on their outbound investments and international companies on their investments in the Asia Pacific region. She has a strong TMT sector focus. While at Sherman & Sterling, Tang represented private equity clients, as well as various public companies listed in the US and China. She has managed 23 take-private transactions of US-listed Chinese companies, and various cross-border acquisitions led by Chinese private equity funds and/or Chinese A-share listed companies.

Jones Day has added Andrew Rankine as a partner in the intellectual property practice in the firm’s Sydney office. A patent litigator who focuses on the life sciences sector, Rankine has extensive experience handling complex and high-profile patent disputes for global leaders in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. His client work has also involved navigating Australia’s regulatory regime for therapeutic goods, as well as the country’s Commonwealth Government reimbursement system, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. He has counseled numerous life sciences companies on IP portfolio management, freedom to operate, patent validity, patent term extensions and related matters.

Shearman & Sterling has added Karl Pires as an M&A partner, based in its Tokyo office. His practice focuses on representing Japanese companies on strategic acquisitions and developing business ventures outside Japan. A 20-year veteran of cross-border M&A, Pires has significant experience advising Japanese clients in the energy, power, industrial, automotive and technology sectors. He has been based in Japan for over 10 years, and speaks and reads Japanese fluently. Pires is an active member of several industry associations, including the International Committee of one of the three local bar associations in Tokyo, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.

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