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Han Kun associate law firm merges with Hong Kong branch

Miao & Co, an associate law firm with Han Kun Law Offices, has merged with Han Kun’s Hong Kong branch

Leading ESG lawyer joins Ben McQuhae & Co in London

Hong Kong boutique law firm Ben McQuhae & Co has strengthened its environmental, social and governance (ESG) advisory practice with the appointment of Paul Watchman.

China sets up HK office to prepare for International Mediation Centre

China will set up an office in Hong Kong next year to prepare for the establishment of an International Mediation Centre, which will conduct negotiations on international conventions among various countries

Linklaters assists Thai power company in Taiwan wind farm investment

Linklaters advised Thai utility provider GPSC in acquiring a 25% stake in the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farm in Taiwan from local shareholders, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, for a USD500 million investment

Tims China merges with Silver Crest to debut on Nasdaq

Tims China started to sell its shares on the Nasdaq after closing a merger with blank cheque company Silver Crest Acquisition Corp and at the same time received nearly USD200 million of additional financing

Former SFC executive director in HK joins Kirkland & Ellis as partner

Brian Ho, the former executive director of corporate finance at Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), has joined Kirkland & Ellis’ transactional group as a partner

Malaysia’s top 100 lawyers 2022

Following an extensive nomination process, Asia Business Law Journal unveils its top performers of the country’s legal profession

Reed Smith adds arbitration partner in Hong Kong

To strengthen its litigation team and international arbitration practice, Reed Smith has hired Matthew Townsend as a partner in Hong Kong

Arbitration specialist bolsters Loeb & Loeb in Hong Kong

International arbitration lawyer Terence Wong has joined Loeb & Loeb as a partner in the firm’s litigation department in Hong Kong

HK court backs established means for protecting cryptos

A recent Hong Kong judgment confirms that familiar legal principles of trusts and injunctions apply equally to cryptocurrency as a novel asset class

Trio in Fullerton Healthcare’s high-profile merger

Singapore-headquartered healthcare service provider Fullerton Healthcare has completed a merger led by Hong Kong-headquartered private equity firm RRJ Capital with an equity injection and a senior loan totalling SGD390 million (USD283 million)

White & Case, Bedell Cristin team up in Gopher investment

Hong Kong-based Gopher Investments has acquired London-headquartered fintech company Finalto, the financial trading division of online gambling software supplier Playtech, for USD250 million

Mayer Brown brings back restructuring lawyer to Hong Kong

Restructuring lawyer Ben McCosker has joined Mayer Brown as counsel in Hong Kong

Japan’s top 100 lawyers 2022

Following an extensive nomination process, Asia Business Law Journal unveils the top performers of Japan’s legal profession

PE specialist joins Goodwin in Hong Kong

Private equity expert Daniel Dusek has joined Goodwin in Hong Kong as a partner in its global private equity practice after spending six years with Kirkland & Ellis’ office in the city as a partner

Will SBLCs pave new financing route for property companies?

Three significant offshore bonds with a combined value of USD700 million issued under standby letters of credit (SBLC) this year caught people’s attention

Hong Kong’s Baker in London residential tower tokenisation

Baker McKenzie’s Hong Kong team advised UK-based property developer Knight Dragon and its subsidiary KD Tokens to raise GBP140 million (USD171.4 million) via tokenisation

JunHe steers Publicis’ acquisition to power up digital business

JunHe advised the largest French communications giant Publicis Groupe on its China branch’s acquisition of a digital product consultancy Wiredcraft

Mega Genomics raises HKD215.3m on debut

China’s largest consumer genetic testing platform Mega Genomics raised HKD215.3 million (USD27.6 million) from its IPO on the HKEX

Departing IT staff getting tied up with non-compete clauses

With many IT employees offered huge salary hikes and perks from competing firms amid soaring global demand for IT services

Business law digest

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority announced the Mandatory Reference Checking Scheme and its implementing guidelines, which aim to tackle the “rolling bad apples” problem, a term referring to people who commit misconduct at a financial institution but can get a new job without disclosing it

HKEX gong chimes as GoGoX goes public

China’s third largest online logistics platform has debuted on the Hong Kong bourse – a move that summoned the strike of the gong back to the trading floor

Deacons and Maples in Yoho HK listing

The IPO raised HKD115 million with Deacons advising Yoho Group in relation to the listing with Maples Group providing Cayman Islands counsel

Telecom foreign funding reform and its capital market impact

By Zhang Dan, AnJie & BB Law Firm

Watching the watchers

New roles of intermediaries place them under the microscope of capital market regulation

HK sees landmark catastrophe bond

King & Wood Mallesons acted as Hong Kong counsel with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft providing international counsel on the city’s first 144A catastrophe bond and only its second insurance-linked securities (ILS)

Dimsey and Ng in new roles at HKIAC

CMS partner Mariel Dimsey will take up the post of secretary-general at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre in August while Eric Ng, who currently serves as HKIAC’s managing counsel, is being promoted to deputy secretary-general

Fund lawyer moves to Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has strengthened its global funds and investment management team with the hire of Xing Liyong as a partner in Hong Kong

Vision Deal gets nod as HK’s second SPAC listing

The HKEX listing of Vision Deal, a special purpose acquisition company backed by former Alibaba CEO David Wei, saw three firms advising in the HKD1 billion (USD127 million) transaction

HKIAC: Changes at the top

Having served as the secretary-general of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) since 2016, Sarah Grimmer will be stepping down in August to be succeeded by Mariel Dimsey

Laura Cha re-elected as HKEX chair

Laura Cha Shih May-lung will continue her role as HKEX chair for two more years after being re-elected to the post she has held since 2018

Slaughter and May in HK’s new MTR line

Slaughter and May advised Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation on the USD10 billion Sha Tin-Central Link, the largest infrastructure investment in Hong Kong

Haiwen hires energy specialist

Su Hao has joined the Haiwan & Partners in the firm’s Beijing and Hong Kong offices as a partner

HKIAC’s appointments chair pushes for expanding talent pool

Welcoming Hong Kong's proposals to reform the arbitration fee structure Yang Ing Loong, a council member of the HKIAC and chair of its appointments committee, suggested the next step should be to “enlarge the pool of qualified arbitrators”

HK Justice Secretary: arbitration fee shake-up a win-win

The Hong Kong SAR Government has submitted an amendment bill to the Legislative Council to propose three new fee agreements to allow lawyers to charge arbitration cases by the principles of "no win, no fee" and "no win, low fee"

What does it take to be a top lawyer?

Our A-List lawyers share strategies for success

In-house Counsel Awards revealed

After months of intensive surveys, we reveal the winners of our In-house Counsel Awards 2021-22

Diagnostic provider Yunkang goes public in HK

The fifth-largest market player in China’s medical operation services sector has been listed on the HKEX

V&T makes another Greater Bay play

V&T Law Firm has furthered its commitment to the Greater Bay Area by setting up a joint-operation office with Hong Kong-based CW Chan & Co

Litigator moves to Eric Chow & Co

Hong Kong law firm Eric Chow & Co in Association with Commerce & Finance Law Offices, has bolstered its litigation practice by adding Christy Leung as a partner

The art of bridge-building

Hang Dongxia, board secretary at Huarui Bank, shares her strategies for working with external lawyers

Towards the light

Easing of regulations on offshore listing brings hope for an end to a long-running Sino-US dispute

DWF and Hauzen agree to affiliate

DWF has secured an affiliation agreement with Hauzen, a Hong Kong law firm specialising in financial services regulation, contentious insurance, complex commercial problems and arbitration

Hong Kong and Singapore in lockstep for regtech adoption

Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has launched Regtech Knowledge Hub to heighten awareness of regulatory compliance in fintech-related fields and encourage the sharing of expertise

Addleshaw to close Hong Kong office

Addleshaw Goddard has announced the closure of its Hong Kong office when the current lease expires in September

HSF sets construction disputes hub in Kuala Lumpur

Herbert Smith Freehills has opened a construction and infrastructure disputes hub in Kuala Lumpur

Aftershocks

Objects in mirror are closer than they appear

NIO plugs into Singapore Exchange

Chinese electric carmaker NIO debuted on Singapore Exchange by way of introduction without raising funds to become a triple-listed company in Singapore, the US and Hong Kong

In her words

Senior women lawyers across Asia describe their journeys to success and share words of wisdom for aspiring juniors in the profession. Vandana Chatlani reports

Business law digest

A roundup of noteworthy legal developments in the region

Banking lawyer joins DLA Piper in Hong Kong

DLA Piper has strengthened its finance, projects and restructuring practice in Hong Kong with the hiring of banking and finance lawyer Crystal Chen as a partner

Deal highlights

Aquila Acquisition Corporation became the first special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) to list in Hong Kong

JunHe recruits data protection specialist

JunHe’s Shanghai office has added Lu Sipei as a partner specialising in data compliance, cybersecurity, M&A, and domestic and overseas investment

NIO plugs into HKEX without fundraising

Electric vehicle manufacturer NIO successfully listed on the main board of the HKEX by way of introduction with shares beginning trading on March 10

Compliance issues for HK-listed companies in financial difficulties

Under the Hong Kong regulatory framework, listed companies should focus on the following aspects of compliance.

Freshfields adds capital markets partner in HK

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired Howie Farn as a partner in its global transactions group in Hong Kong. Farn joined from Kirkland & Ellis where he was a capital markets partner focusing on US securities transactions

Markets expert joins Baker in HK

Baker McKenzie has added senior capital markets specialist Thomas Tarala as partner to commit its strategic development for SPAC listing regimes in Hong Kong bond markets and ESG (environmental, social and governance) investments

Project dispute specialist moves to Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance hired major projects and contentious construction specialist Spencer Flay as a partner in its litigation and dispute resolution practice in Perth

Funds lawyer and litigator join Carey Olsen in Singapore

Carey Olsen’s Singapore office has added investment funds specialist Tom Katsaros to its investment funds offering as a consultant, and experienced litigator Helen Wang to its litigation, insolvency and restructuring practice as a counsel

Squire assists Seaspan in innovative structured financings

Squire Patton Boggs has advised independent containerships owner Seaspan Corporation on securing two separate export credit agency (ECA)-backed Japanese Operating Lease with Call Options (JOLCOs) totalling USD838 million and USD1.4 billion

Ropes & Gray’s new Hong Kong leader sets priorities

Ropes & Gray has appointed asset management lawyer Vincent Ip as the managing partner of the firm’s Hong Kong office to succeed Dan Anderson who had been the office managing partner for five years

ACC HK opens door on pro bono policy

The Association of Corporate Counsel Hong Kong (ACC HK) conducted a webinar on 24 March on the current opportunities for in-house counsel to do pro bono work and the issues they need to consider before starting

How will PIPL impact corporate compliance probes?

By Howard Wu

To further fulfil the commitment to protect personal information, mainland China promulgated the new Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL)

Han Kun sets up Haikou office

Han Kun Law Offices has opened a branch in Haikou, its fifth after Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong

Lawyer back to Shearman

Shearman & Sterling has re-hired Wanda Woo as a capital markets partner in Hong Kong

Needs of the many

With a state-led "common prosperity" philanthropy campaign well underway, what options do private enterprises have? Jasmine Wen reports

Chapter 18A listings of biotech companies on the HKEX

By Jane Zhang and Xi Wenjing, Jingtian & Gongcheng

Understanding red-chip structures in Cayman Islands

By Calamus Huang, Jessie Xu and Ericsson Yu, Harneys in Shanghai

HK justice secretary at ACC seminar

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Hong Kong organised a lunchtime seminar at Justice Place with the Secretary for Justice of Hong Kong, Teresa Cheng

Choosing a venue for arbitration

By Nathan Wong and Jacky Tsai, Haldanes

SPACs on the rise in Asia

By Matt Roberts, Maples Group

Lessons for APAC de-SPACs

By Derek Liu, Michelle Heisner, Derek Poon, and Ashok Lalwani, Baker McKenzie

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