Matthew Gearing QC, a former co-head of Allen & Overy’s global arbitration group, and a former chair of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), is set to join Fountain Court Chambers on May 3.
U.S. law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has added a team of four lawyers to its financial regulatory services practice in Hong Kong from Herbert Smith Freehills, including partner William Hallatt.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Commerce & Finance Law Offices have counselled travel website Trip.com on its $1.09 billion secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, with Latham & Watkins and Jingtian & Gongcheng advising the joint sponsors and the underwriters.
Beijing-headquartered firm Jingtian & Gongcheng has hired Jimmy Chan (Chen Guohao) as a partner in Hong Kong from Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance.
Like all industries, law ﬁrms are susceptible to cyber-attacks. In 2016, the Panama Papers leak shocked the world and brought cybersecurity to the fore. What came to light wasn’t only how politicians and world leaders exploit secretive offshore tax regimes; but also the rather astonishing lack of basic security practices on the part of the law ﬁrm Mossack Fonseca.
Clyde & Co has hired Rosie Ng as a partner in the firm’s global insurance group in Hong Kong from HFW, where she was a consultant.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Commerce & Finance Law Offices have advised Chinese fintech firm Bairong on its $507 million IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, with Davis Polk & Wardwell and Tian Yuan Law Firm assisting the joint sponsors and underwriters.
Deacons, Hong Kong’s largest local firm, has hired family law expert Sherlynn Chan as a partner in its litigation and disputes practice from city rival Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Officials and members of Hong Kong’s legal profession have been vexed by a recent Financial Times that reported that international corporations working on deals in Asia – or entering into joint ventures with Chinese and other Asian counterparties – were considering excluding Hong Kong from governing law and arbitration clauses in legal contracts over concerns about the erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy.