Ashurst has bolstered its international equity capital markets/US securities and M&A practices with the addition of Melody He-Chen as a partner in Hong Kong. Joining from DLA Piper, He-Chen has significant experience advising investment banks and corporations on capital markets and corporate matters in Asia and the US. She focuses on securities offerings, advising international conglomerates and state-owned enterprises on global offerings and listings in Hong Kong, SEC-registered offerings, secondary offerings, rights issues and share placings. She also has extensive experience in financings, private equity investments, M&A and compliance matters. He-Chen is a native Mandarin speaker qualified in both the US and Hong Kong.
White & Case has strengthened its global banking practice with the addition of Charles McConnell as a local partner in Singapore. McConnell has extensive experience advising corporates, sponsors, banks and credit funds on cross-border leveraged and acquisition financing transactions and structured and secured lending transactions in Southeast Asia and Japan. He joins from Linklaters and brings 16 years of experience gained in London, Tokyo and Singapore, where he has advised clients for more than a decade.