Freshfields adds five partners in Asia

The international law firm strengthens its Greater China team with four new partners and promotes a fifth in Japan.
International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed five partners in Asia. Four of the new partners are based in its Greater China offices, which reflects the firmÆs determination to build up its strengths in this important market.

The new China partners are Alan Wang, Jack Wang, Paul Ng and Peter Yuen. Junzaburo Kiuchi, who is based in the firmÆs Japan Office, rounds off the round of promotions in Asia.

ôThe election of these four dynamic, talented individuals to the partnership further strengthens our leading China team and is a reflection of our commitment to provide world class legal services to our clients in China in the years to come,ö the law firmÆs China managing partner, Doug Markel, says of the new partners in Greater China.

Commenting on the promotion of Kiuchi, who is FreshfieldÆs first home-grown partner in Japan, Tokyo office managing partner James Lawden adds: ôWe are committed to the Japanese market and expect this appointment to be just the beginning of promotions to partnership from our highly talented group of lawyers.ö

Based in Shanghai, Alan Wang specialises in cross-border M&A, China-related direct foreign investment, corporate restructuring and financial services. With experience from the firmÆs Beijing and London offices, he has been a member of the China business group since 1998. He recently advised Deutsche Asset Management on its purchase of a 19.5% stake in Harvest Fund Management, and Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation on the acquisition of a 12.2% strategic stake in Ningbo Commercial Bank.

Jack Wang joined the firmÆs Shanghai office in 2002 and has 10 years of experience working in Asia on China-related transactions. Covering cross-border M&A, foreign direct investment and general corporate work in the Greater China area, he is also familiar with operational issues in the Mainland such as product distribution, real estate and taxes. His advisory work includes the voluntary takeover of Hong Kong-listed Senyuan International Holdings and investments in China by various private equity funds.

Paul Ng has been based in the firmÆs Hong Kong office since 2006, but also has experience from Freshfields in London and Shanghai. He is a senior member of the finance team and specialises in the banking and leasing sector in China as well as the asset finance and transportation sectors in Asia. He advised Bank of China when it acquired Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise for $965 million and Air Asia on its $1 billion plus financing of 36 Airbus aircraft.

Peter Yuen has been with the firm since 1996 advising on various commercial disputes, including China-related business disputes, regulatory and corporate compliance related investigations, banking-related litigations, intellectual property-related disputes and professional negligence litigation. Based in Hong Kong, he has acted for clients in High Court proceedings in former British colony and court proceedings in China as well as in arbitration proceedings in several locations. He recently acted for a European food and beverage producer in arbitration proceedings against its joint venture partner in China.

Kiuchi covers M&A, private equity, venture capital, restructuring, joint ventures and general corporate matters out of Tokyo. An experienced advisor for both Japanese and multinational companies, he has advised Goldman Sachs on various transactions including its investment in eMobile and divestment of Sanyo Electric Credit. He also advised British Telecommunications on its joint venture with KDDI.

Freshfields currently has 475 partners and principal consultants. Twenty-one of the partners are based in one of its seven Asian offices.
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