Allen & Overy adds three partners in Hong Kong

Allen & Overy hires three HK partners
From left: Gilbert Li, Melody Chan, Iris Yeung

Allen & Overy hires White & Case’s only Hong Kong litigation partner Melody Chan to grow its Asia disputes practice, with two Linklaters partners Gilbert Li and Iris Yeung also joining the same office.

Chan specialises in multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation, debt enforcement and insolvency work, international arbitration, investigations, and issues relevant to antitrust and data privacy.

She has advised many Chinese financial institutions, particularly in the energy, construction, and technology, media and telecoms sectors.

Chan was the head of White & Case’s Greater China disputes practice. Last year, she acted on a USD2 million five-year social bond purchased by International Finance Corporation, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.

M&A specialist Li, who was the co-head of Linklaters’ Greater China equity capital markets practice, has advised on a wide range of cross-border M&A transactions, including China Gas’ defence of the USD2.2 billion hostile takeover bid by Sinopec, Huatai Securities issuing global depository receipts (GDR) on the London Stock Exchange, which was the first GDR listing via the Shanghai-London Stock Connect scheme.

Li had been selected as one of the A-list lawyers by China Business Law Journal from 2019 to 2021.

Yeung focuses on matters dealing with public M&A and equity fund-raising. Allen & Overy said she would work closely with its joint operation partner in Shanghai, Lang Yue Law Firm, to give mainland Chinese clients support in matters involving Hong Kong law.