Bird & Bird has added James Fong as a partner, bolstering its corporate practice in China. He joins from Mayer Brown JSM, where he was a corporate partner. Fong is an experienced corporate finance lawyer, and primarily advises sponsors and issuers on capital market transactions. He also has considerable experience advising on different types of corporate finance matters, including block trades, rights issues, takeover, private equities, listing of exchange-traded funds, cash offer, joint ventures and regulatory compliance.

Squire Patton Boggs has appointed Nimi Patel, the former head of the India practice at Herbert Smith Freehills, as a director in its India practice in London. Patel has wide-ranging experience in UK and cross-border M&A, joint ventures, securities, capital markets, the structuring and establishment of funds and other corporate finance work. She launched the India practice of Herbert Smith Freehills in 1994. Patel has assisted numerous Indian corporates, public sector undertakings and financial institutions in a variety of transactions. She has senior board level experience with a wide range of leading Indian corporates, where she advised on strategic, regulatory and other business issues.

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