Baker bolsters HK, Beijing practices

From left to right: Zhang Li, Victoria Lloyd, Lex Kuo and Kenneth Ching

Baker McKenzie has added Victoria Lloyd, Lex Kuo and Kenneth Ching as partners in its Hong Kong office, and welcomed Zhang Li as a special counsel in Beijing.

Capital markets and M&A lawyer Lloyd joined from Ropes & Gray, where she was a partner. With more than 25 years of experience advising major Chinese and multinational corporations, investments banks and private equity investors, Lloyd has handled a wide range of corporate and commercial, corporate finance, and M&A matters, including the listings of China Lesso Group, Vinda International, Uni-President China Holdings, and Sinopec.

Media and entertainment lawyer Kuo rejoined the firm from Latham & Watkins, where he was a counsel in Hong Kong. Kuo also has experience as in-house counsel at the Walt Disney Company in Beijing, and in hosting and producing radio programmes. He has advised leading Chinese and international media companies on co-financing, co-production and licensing, cross-border strategic co-operation, and acquisitions.

Leveraged and acquisition finance lawyer Ching joined from Shearman & Sterling, where he was a counsel. Ching has represented banks, credit funds and alternative capital providers, private equity sponsors, and corporate borrowers on a variety of large-cap and middle-market financing transactions.

A practising lawyer in England and Wales, and New York, Zhang joined the firm from Covington, where she was an of counsel. She has extensive experience in international energy and infrastructure projects with a focus on nuclear, renewable, hydro and thermal power, and transmission and distribution networks.