Clifford Chance names five in corporate practice

The international law firm responds to increased M&A and funds activity by naming five associates.
Clifford Chance has strengthened its pan-Asian corporate practice by appointing five new members to the group. According to the firm, the five lateral hires are in response to increasing mergers and acquisitions and funds activity in Asia.

The new lawyers will all join Clifford ChanceÆs corporate practice as associates and will report for duty in its Hong Kong offices.

Candy Chan joins the firm from Woo, Kwan, Lee & Lo in Hong Kong. She brings experience in IPO, M&A and general corporate compliance work and is admitted in Hong Kong. Also joining Clifford Chance in Hong Kong is Seeyan Lee who has experience in M&A and general corporate practice. Lee is a registered foreign lawyer from Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Australia and is admitted in New South Wales, Australia.

Taiwan-admitted lawyer Vincent Lin brings experience from Jones Day in Taipei to the law firm and, for Clifford Chance, will focus on M&A work. Eric Poon, who is admitted to practice in both Taiwan and New York, joins the firm after four years at Baker & McKenzie where he worked as a foreign-registered lawyer. To Clifford Chance, he brings experience in China-related foreign direct investment and M&A issues.

Rounding off the new additions is Teresa Leung, who brings experience in securities and funds related work to Clifford Chance. Prior to making the move, Leung worked as an audit manager for PriceWaterhouseCoopers for seven years before joining JSM as a trainee solicitor in 2002.

"The strength of the M&A and funds markets across the region has contributed towards an uplift in activity for our Asia practice,ö says Roger Denny, Clifford ChanceÆs regional head of corporate/M&A. ôDeal volumes over the course of the year have been very healthy, with the Asia-Pacific region showing an increase in M&A activity of around 35% in the first nine months of the year. The expansion of our practice reflects our continued commitment to the region's growth and we are delighted to welcome our new team members."
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