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Global law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP announced today that multiple senior lawyers will be joining the Firm’s Hong Kong office, including Nicholas Norris, John Otoshi, Benjamin Su, Dominic Tsun, Li-Chien Wong, Ashley Young and David Zhang.
"This group of top lawyers will enable us to offer in Asia a leading full-service Hong Kong and U.S. mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and debt finance practice,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. “The combination of their teams with our transactional teams in Hong Kong, mainland China, the United States and Europe will provide clients with significant resources linking private equity, M&A, capital markets and debt finance on a global scale.”
Mr. Norris, Mr. Tsun and Ms. Wong will join Kirkland from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Mr. Zhang, Mr. Otoshi and Mr. Su will join from Latham & Watkins. Mr. Young will join the Firm from Allen & Overy, as will his colleague Douglas Murning.
Messrs. Norris, Tsun and Zhang are ranked as “Band 1” leading lawyers in their respective fields by the influential legal directory Chambers Asia Pacific.
Kirkland plans to have in Asia nearly 50 lawyers, most of whom fluent in Mandarin.
Hong Kong Capital Markets and M&A
Mr. Norris, 47, advises major corporations, private equity firms and investment banks on cross-border M&A transactions and a broad range of other complex corporate matters, including PIPEs, take-privates, joint ventures and international corporate finance transactions. He was co-head of Skadden’s corporate practice in Asia (ex-Japan) and has been based in Hong Kong since 1992.
Mr. Norris is a member of the Hong Kong Panel on Takeovers and Mergers and has advised on more than 20 public takeover and take-private transactions in Hong Kong in the past five years.
Asian Legal Business named Mr. Norris one of Asia’s top 25 M&A lawyers. He has also been named a leading lawyer for corporate/M&A, private equity and capital markets work by noted legal industry publications including Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, Legal 500 Asia Pacific and IFLR1000.
"Leveraging Kirkland’s preeminent private equity and expanding global M&A practices, we plan to build a first-rate Asian deal platform,” said Mr. Norris.
Mr. Tsun, 49, represents major issuers, underwriters and investors in Hong Kong initial public offerings and listings, and other matters involving Hong Kong-listed companies. He has extensive experience working on complex and pioneering transactions and has worked with many PRC companies in a variety of sectors. He has assisted a significant number of international issuers from across the globe with their plans to list in Hong Kong. Mr. Tsun has been based in Hong Kong since 1994 and was co-head of Skadden’s corporate practice in Asia (ex-Japan). He is recognized as a leading lawyer for capital markets work in Hong Kong by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, IFLR 1000 and PLC Cross-border Capital Markets Handbook.
Ms. Wong represents issuers and underwriters in Hong Kong IPOs and other securities listings. She has worked with all of the major investment banks in Hong Kong.
Mr. Tsun and Ms. Wong together have completed more than 30 Hong Kong listings in the past five years (nine in 2011 alone).
"Combining efforts with such an extraordinarily talented and focused group of deal lawyers is a unique opportunity in this market. This will create a premier advisory platform that adds value for clients,” said Mr. Tsun.
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