Paul Hastings has begun the rebuilding of its capital markets practice in Hong Kong after it added Fan Chaobo as partner Latham & Watkins, where he was an associate.

In the past two years, Paul Hastings has seen a number of departures in Greater China. In November last year, Hong Kong chair Steven Winegar exited, and he was followed by partner Bonnie Yung in April. Both focused on Hong Kong IPOs. And in October this year, Hong Kong corporate partner Bretton King left to join a Miami investment startup. Paul Hastings’ Shanghai and Beijing heads, Tang Haiyan and Nan Li, also left earlier this year to join CBC Group and Tian Yuan Law Firm, respectively.

Fan, who spent five years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer prior to his stint at Latham, focuses on securities offerings, M&A and other corporate matters, with expertise in advising Chinese companies’ listings on the HKEx. He has advised on Sinopec Engineering’s 2013 Hong Kong IPO, as well as Shenwan Hongyuan’s IPO in May this year, among other projects.


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