Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow, the Singapore member firm of Baker McKenzie International, has strengthened its real estate practice with two appointments. Geraldine Ong has joined as a principal and brings with her 30 years of experience in real estate. She will be leading the real estate group in Singapore. Sharon Tan, who used to work closely with Ong on a full range of complex real estate matters, has also joined the firm’s real estate group in Singapore as a local principal. Ong was formerly the head of the real estate practice of one of the major local law firms in Singapore. She and Tan have been representing award-winning property developers, institutional investors, Reits, MNC real estate users, financiers and private wealth clients from Singapore, Hong Kong, China and the Asia Pacific region. They bring with them substantial legal know-how and insights on the full spectrum of real estate transactions in Singapore, Asia and globally. Apart from their private practice experience, Ong and Tan also bring their real estate in-house legal experience from the Jurong Town Corporation and the UOL Group, respectively.
Du Yilong has returned to the Beijing office of Latham & Watkins. Du, who first joined the firm’s Hong Kong office as partner in late 2015 from Goldman Sachs, left the firm earlier this year to become general counsel for international affairs of China’s ride-sharing app developer Didi Chuxing. As Beijing office managing partner, Du focuses on equity capital markets deals in mainland China, Hong Kong and the US, as well as cross-border M&A.