Allen & Overy has strengthened its Greater China capital markets practice with the appointment of Lina Lee and Jonathan Hsui as partners to be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Lee and Hsui have significant experience advising large financial institutions and corporate clients on ECM-related transactions, including IPOs, block trades and rights issues as well as M&A. Joining from Ashurst’s Hong Kong office, the pair have worked closely together for a number of years and are widely recognised as a strong and respected team. Lee has been a partner in the corporate group at Ashurst since 2009 and has focused on growth sectors for China in building out the practice, including the health and education sectors. Admitted to practice in Hong Kong, England and Wales, she is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. On the other hand, Hsui has been at Ashurst for five years and was appointed partner in 2013. He worked closely with Lee on Hong Kong equity listings and other ECM products, in addition to M&A deals. Hsiu previously served as in-house legal counsel for BNP Paribas and as a solicitor for Clifford Chance. He is admitted to practice in Hong Kong and is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

Herbert Smith Freehills will add Kathryn Sanger as a partner in its Asia international arbitration team in October 2016. She will be based in Hong Kong. Sanger has nearly 15 years’ experience of arbitration and litigation proceedings in Asia, particularly in joint venture and China-related proceedings, enhanced by her ability to speak and read Mandarin Chinese fluently. She is also a longstanding member of the Council of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), chairing its appointments committee, and has been closely involved in the development of the HKIAC into one of the world’s leading arbitral institutions.

Norton Rose Fulbright has further grown its employment and labour team with the addition of Katherine Morris as a partner in Sydney. Morris returns to the firm after a stint in 2005 to 2008. She will join from Gadens where she has been a partner in the employment and safety team. Morris has successfully defended several large clients involved in high profile health and safety prosecutions. She has strong experience across a range of industries, including construction, property, road, rail, energy and resources.

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