Latham & Watkins has added Simon Cooke, Gary Hamp and Amy Beckingham as partners in the Hong Kong office. Cooke is a highly regarded M&A lawyer in Hong Kong and has experience in a wide range of other corporate finance and commercial matters. He has worked on many of the largest and most important recent transactions in Asia and has close ties to a number of the most active private equity firms in the region and globally. On the other hand, Hamp is one of the most well-respected leveraged finance partners in Asia. He advises on Hong Kong and cross-border financing transactions, representing banks, large corporates and private equity firms on leveraged finance matters, corporate loans and restructurings and workouts. Finally, Beckingham advises private equity and other financial investor clients in public and private M&A and in structuring joint ventures. She also has considerable experience representing clients on exits through IPOs in a number of jurisdictions.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison will add Betty Yap and Judie Ng Shortell as partners in its corporate department, resident in Hong Kong and Beijing, respectively. Yap earned her Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws, First Class Honours, from the University of Melbourne. On the other hand, Shortell received an MA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University.

White & Case has expanded its restructuring and insolvency capabilities in Asia with the appointment of Damien Whitehead as a local partner in Hong Kong. Whitehead has significant experience in contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency transactions representing financial institutions, investment funds, insolvency practitioners and corporates throughout the Asia Pacific region. He also advises clients on a wide range of commercial disputes, particularly in relation to shareholder disputes. He joins from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he was head of Restructuring & Insolvency Greater China and brings more than 15 years of experience in the industry.

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