Capital markets specialist Howie Farn has joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a partner in Hong Kong from Kirkland & Ellis.

Farn’s exit comes only weeks after Kirkland’s Hong Kong office lost capital markets partner Li-Chien Wong to HKEx. Since last year, the office has also seen the departures of M&A partner Xiaoxi Lin to Linklaters, financial restructuring specialist Daniel Margulies to Dechert and corporate partner Michael D. Rackham to Latham & Watkins in Singapore.

During that time, the office also welcomed back Mengyu Lu from Sidley Austin. It is expecting to bring on board former Hong Kong SFC executive director Brian Ho as a partner in August.

Farn’s practice focuses on capital markets transactions, including pre-IPO and post-IPO financings and investments, as well as various general corporate and regulatory matters related to U.S. securities law. He was a counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett prior to joining Kirkland.

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