Under the agreement, Fried FrankÆs Hong Kong office will provide clients with access to its US, European and international expertise in M&A, private equity, capital markets, finance, real estate and litigation. At the same time, it will be working in combination with Huen Wong & Co.Æs M&A, capital markets, real estate and litigation practices.
The opening of Fried FrankÆs Hong Kong offices will also be highlighted by the appointment of Huen Wong, Michael M. Hickman, Raymond Kwok, Victoria Lloyd, and Liang Tsui as partners. The Hong Kong practice will also be buoyed by Stephen Mok, Philip T. Nunn, Joseph Lee and Gilbert Ho will be joining the firm as partners in early 2007.
To Fried Frank, Huen Wong has extensive knowledge of PRC law and practice, and his experience covers a broad range of fields such as joint ventures, securities, licensing, building and construction projects and arbitration both in Hong Kong and China.
Wong joins Fried Frank from Simmons & Simmons where he was managing partner for the China region with responsibility for both the Hong Kong and Shanghai offices. He is admitted as a solicitor in England, Wales, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
To Fried Frank, Hickman brings experience in joint ventures, corporate reorganization,
and mergers and acquisitions, including assisting major US-based private equity investors with investments in a range of targeted industry sectors. He also has extensive experience in privatisations and commercial and corporate finance transactions over his 20 years in Asia. He joins Fried Frank from Simmons & Simmons where he was resident partner of the Simmons & Simmons Shanghai office and is admitted to practice law in New York.
Real estate practitioner Kwok focuses his practice in real estate and infrastructure development, acquisitions and disposals, property litigation, property financing, planning and project conveyancing. He has been advising on China-related matters for 17 years and is a China-appointed attesting officer like Wong. Kwok also joins from Simmons & Simmons and is admitted to practice in England, Wales and Hong Kong.
Also crossing to Fried Frank from Simmons & Simmons is new partner Lloyd. She advises corporations and investment banks on a wide range of corporate and commercial, corporate finance and merger and acquisition matters, including funding raising activities, international securities offerings and joint ventures. She is qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales.
Tsui has extensive experience in advising multi-nationals on foreign direct investment
and M&A transactions in China. He has worked with a number of global clients who are active in the chemical, automotive, financial services, insurance, manufacturing and construction sectors in China and has acted for a number of US, UK, Swiss and French companies on major corporate restructuring, investment and joint venture projects. Tsui is qualified to practice law in the US.
Joining the firm later in 2007, Mok was previously head of China corporate group at Simmons & Simmons. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, and has extensive experience with initial public offerings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. MokÆs experience also extends to PRC securities transactions, joint ventures, cross-border M&A and general commercial work. He is admitted to practice as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia, in England, Wales and Hong Kong.
To Fried Frank, Nunn brings 30 yearsÆ experience in development and construction matters during which he has handled a large number of major construction litigation and arbitration cases and has significant experience as an arbitrator. Joining from Simmons & Simmons, Nunn is also a member of the HKIAC Panel of Arbitrators, a member of the CIETAC panel of arbitrators and the Korean commercial arbitration board panel of arbitrators, and chairman of the ICC arbitration committee in Hong Kong. He is also a member of the Hong Kong Housing Authority, a member of the strategic planning committee of the Housing Authority, chairman of the building Committee of the Housing Authority, a member of the property committee of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, and co-chairman of the appeal tribunal (buildings).
Imminent partner Lee focuses his practice on corporate finance and securities transactions, with a special emphasis on initial public offerings relating to Hong Kong and Chinese companies and M&A of listed and private companies. He is admitted to practice as a solicitor in Hong Kong and as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia, Canada and joins Fried Frank from Simmons & Simmons.
Ho focuses his practice on corporate finance, equity capital markets in Hong Kong and China, mergers and acquisitions and general commercial transactions and is admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales and as a barrister and solicitor in New South Wales, Australia. Like the other new partners, he joins Fried Frank from Simmons & Simmons.