Offshore firm Harneys has continued growing its Hong Kong office after hiring Yin Xu as investment funds and corporate partner from rival Walkers, and Charles Clayton-Payne as banking and finance partner from Hogan Lovells in Singapore.

The past few months have seen Harneys make three other partner hires in Hong Kong: Nicola Roberts, Julie Engwirda, and Andrew Johnstone. The firm currently has 14 partners and 35 associates in the city. 

Xu specialises in the formation of private equity and hedge funds and alternative investment vehicles with expertise in debt/equity financing, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, initial public offerings, mergers and takeovers for both private and public companies.

Clayton-Payne advises onshore law firms, borrowers and financial institutions on a wide variety of structures, including cross-border sponsor backed acquisition financings, capital call facilities, syndicated secured lending, structured lending, leveraged finance, project finance, aviation finance and debt restructurings. He was a counsel at Hogan Lovells.


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