Partner Moves and Promotions 7/21/11


Posted on July 21, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Reed Smith has hired Jay Yan, who previously was the head of Dorsey & Whitney’s Shanghai office, for their new Shanghai office which launched earlier in July.  Having worked in Shanghai for 15 years, Yan’s experience in M & A, foreign exchange control in China, litigation, regulatory and compliance matters, corporate financing, debt restructuring, and cross-border investment will definitely boost this new office.  Zack Dong from Reed Smith’s Beijing Office will be joining Yan in Shanghai.  This is Reed Smith’s third office in China since their first opening in Hong Kong in 2008.

Linklaters hired Tien-yo Chao, formerly a partner in Morrison & Foerster's Hong Kong office, as a partner for its China practice. He has a broadly based corporate practice with experience in M&A and equity capital markets. Linklaters also appointed corporate partner Fang Jian as national managing partner for China and corporate partner Betty Yap as head of the China practice.

Clifford Chance has promoted eight lawyers in their PRC offices to the counsel level. In the Beijing office, Vanessa Chan, Joseph Chu, Jin Hao, and Jean Yu have all been promoted. In the Hong Kong office, Emma Christian and Teresa Leung were promoted. Finally in their Shanghai office, Jiahua Ni and Ming Yen Yip were promoted to counsel roles.

Freshfields has promoted Richard Wang from senior associate to counsel. Wang, who moved from Linklaters to Freshfields in '05, works in Freshfields' Beijing office. He has experience in IPOs and secondary offerings in compliance matters.

DLA Piper has hired Yan Zhao, formerly a senior counsel at Foley & Lardner. DLA Piper is hiring Zhao to their IP team as a Partner, as he has practiced IP law in China for 13 years. He will be based in DLA Piper's Hong Kong office, moving from Foley's Shanghai office. DLA Piper is looking to reload its IP practice after a few of their best IP lawyers left the group last year.

White & Case has hired Virginia Tam, formerly at Jones Day. Tam will be joining White & Case's corporate team in Hong Kong, bringing with her great experience in cross-border corporate and securities work as well experience in international corporate finance.

Davis Polk has promoted He Li, Beijiing, and Miranda So, Hong Kong, to the Partner level. Both have great experience in corporate law, including M&A and corporate finance transactions.

Eversheds has hired Nigel Stamp, former head of technology, media and communications at Morrison & Foerster's Hong Kong office, to join their TMT practice as partner in Hong Kong. As he told ALB, "I look forward to integrating with other practice areas, and around the firm internationally, to continue building the Eversheds TMT group into the region's leading TMT practice."

Morrison & Foerster has hired John Moore, former head of Herbert Smith's US capital markets practice in their HK office. He will join MoFo's Hong Kong office as a partner in their corporate and capital markets practice. Before working at Herbert Smith, he was an in-house counsel at Goldman Sachs. “John is on everyone’s short list of the leading U.S. securities lawyers in Hong Kong,” said Ven Tan, Managing Partner of MoFo’s Hong Kong Office. “His reputation in the highly competitive arena for IPOs is stellar, and he is equally well-known for his general corporate advisory work. He is a great addition to the firm.”

Herbert Smith has moved Siddhartha Sivaramakrishnan, senior associate in Hong Kong, and Felipe Duque, associate in London, to their US securities team in Singapore. Both have large experience in equity capital markets.

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