Linklaters promotes eight Asian partners

Asian ambition reflected in LinklatersÆ beefed up regional partnership.
Linklaters has promoted eight lawyers to its Asian partnership reflecting the firmÆs ambitious growth plans in Asia. Worldwide, the firm has elected 38 lawyers to partner level.

With 42 partners currently based in Asia, the new round of promotions, which become effective in May, adds significant weight to the firmÆs regional presence. By way of comparison, last yearÆs round of promotions included just three Asia-based partners from a global total of 32. In total, the firm has 540 partners worldwide.

ôWe are pleased to invite such a talented group of people, who represent a wide range of practices and offices, to join the partnership and lead the firm to even greater success,ö said David Cheyne, LinklatersÆ senior partner, in a written statement. ôThe appointments reflect the strength and depth of expertise across the firm and emphasise our commitment to providing the highest quality advice and service to our clients globally.ö

In Tokyo, Kozo Sasaki is a capital markets specialist who advised on All Nippon AirwaysÆ global offering of shares and the SEC-registered offering and listing in Japan of PoscoÆs American depositary shares.

Also in Tokyo, Hiroya Yamazaki, a Japanese qualified lawyer, covers domestic and international mergers and acquisitions transactions and acquisition finance. He represented Vodafone on the M&A and vendor finance aspects of its Ñ1.8 trillion sale to SoftBank Corp.

Originally based in Hong Kong, Christopher Bradley is transferring to the Tokyo office. Experienced in leveraged, project and structured financing transactions across Asia, he advised Mitsubishi on its $670 million regional power joint venture with China Light and Power.

Hyung Ahn, based in Hong Kong, focuses on Korean capital markets. He recently advised on Macquarie Korea Infrastructure FundÆs $1 billion global IPO.

Carl Fernandes, also in Hong Kong, is head of the firmÆs financial markets group in Asia, advising on financial services regulatory issues, including licensing requirements, market requirements and restrictions, as well as appropriate risk management systems and controls.

In Beijing, Thomas Ng specialises in corporate and China-related M&A, foreign direct investments, private equity, corporate finance and infrastructure projects.

Arun Balasubramanian and Narayan Iyer, will be based in the firmÆs Singapore office. Balasubramanian advises on capital markets and corporate matters. Previously based in London, he is a member of the firmÆs India group and has advised on many of IndiaÆs largest IPOs, including Cairn India, Tech Mahindra and Akruti Nirman.

Iyer is also a member of the firmÆs India group, specialising in projects and various financing transactions, with an emphasis on the development and financing of LNG, oil and gas, petrochemical and power projects, as well as structured and leveraged finance deals.

Separately, Allen & Overy has announced 32 promotions to partner. Among the 32, three will be based in Asia, namely Cathy Yeung, Matthew Hebburn and James Grandolfo.

All of them are based in the firmÆs Hong Kong office. Yeung has broad experience in PRC-related transactions, Hebburn is a capital markets and derivatives specialist and Grandolfo represents issuers and investment banks in various finance transactions.
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