DLA Piper has added Gloria Guolai Liu as a partner in the corporate group of the firm’s Hong Kong office. She joins from Goodwin Proctor. A native Mandarin-speaker, Liu focuses her practice on private equity transactions and strategic investments in Greater China and the US. She has over 13 years of experience in the private equity arena, with a focus on cross-border M&As, take-private transactions, private equity, venture capital and growth capital investments, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and a broad range of other corporate transactions.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has added Robert Pé in the Hong Kong office as a partner in the International Arbitration Practice Group. Formerly a partner with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Hong Kong, Pé is a leading disputes practitioner and has a proven track record of success for his clients. In addition to his international arbitration practice, he is experienced in commercial litigation and regulatory investigations.

Han Kun Law Offices has added two new partners who joined the Shanghai office from AllBright Law Offices beginning September 2015. David Tang focuses on general corporate and M&As. He has advised numerous Fortune 500 Global and other multinational and foreign companies on their cross-border transactions, investments, acquisitions and daily business operations in China, as well as domestic companies’ outbound M&As and overseas financing projects. On the other hand, James Miao concentrates on banking and finance, M&As and general corporate matters. He has a wealth of experience advising commercial banks and other financial institutions on their cross-border and domestic financial transactions and financial products and services launched in China. Miao also advises domestic and multinational companies on M&As, joint ventures and other commercial transactions in a number of different industries.

Hogan Lovells has added Sohail Barkatali as a partner in the Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects team in its Dubai finance practice effective 7 September 2015. He joins from Chadbourne & Parke in Dubai where he has been a partner since 2008. Barkatali specializes in project finance, focusing on power projects in electricity, oil and gas, water, waste-water and infrastructure. He has also advised on privatizations, sector restructuring and regulatory matters. He regularly advises sponsors, export credit agencies, multilateral agencies, commercial banks and government entities on projects across the Middle East and Africa. High profile clients he has advised include the Governments of Kuwait, Oman and Kenya, Marubeni, Toyota-Tsusho, JGC, EDF, IFC, Standard Chartered, Meezan Bank and Clifford Capital. Barkatali has also advised on projects with BNP Paribas, Macquarie and RBS.

Joyce A Tan & Partners has added Sheena Jacob as a partner. She was formerly a partner at the Singapore office of an international law firm where she headed the Singapore Intellectual Property group and, at the time of her departure, the Asia-Pacific head for Privacy and Data Protection. Jacob’s wide-ranging practice includes advising on patent and trade mark protection, enforcement of intellectual property rights, data protection and privacy issues, advertising and digital media content, copyright and technology transfer. Jacob is particularly adept at advising technology and life sciences companies, developing licensing strategies for exploiting intellectual property and advising on intellectual property portfolio management. Some of her briefs include managing government lobbying efforts and policy initiatives for clients to enhance protection of their intellectual property rights. Jacob has been an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore since 1989 and an attorney in New York, USA since 1992. She is also a registered Singapore patent agent and is admitted to the roll of solicitors in England & Wales.

Reed Smith has added Gregory Wang as a partner in its Hong Kong office effective 1 September 2015. Joining from Morrison & Foerster, Wang advises clients across Hong Kong and mainland China on capital markets transactions, as well as domestic and outbound investment. His capital markets practice includes Hong Kong and US equity offerings, as well as high-yield and convertible note offerings. He also advises on private equity investments, M&As and public company advisory work.


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