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Cadwalader expands Greater China corporate practice

Law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has appointed a team of three partners and four counsel to its Greater China practice, based in Hong Kong.

Led by partner Michael Liu, who has 30 years of experience advising on a range of corporate transactions in Hong Kong and London, the team is one of the most experienced in the Hong Kong legal market. With long standing and in-depth experience advising Hong Kong, PRC and international corporations, as well as financial advisors and investment banks on a wide range of corporate and regulatory matters, the team also includes partners Jane M S Ng and Stephen Chan, counsel Simon Berry, Olivia Wong, Terris Tang and Eva Tam, and several associates. Michael, Jane, Simon, Olivia and Eva have already started at the Firm.

Michael Liu and his team join Cadwalader from Latham & Watkins in Hong Kong, where Liu was co-chair of the firm’s Greater China Practice and was previously the managing partner of its Hong Kong office.

The team’s experience over the past three decades in Hong Kong and China spans a wide range of matters, including public take-overs, private M&A, joint ventures, IPOs, regulatory and compliance matters under the Hong Kong Listing Rules and securities legislation, equity, debt and structured financings, privatisations, reverse take-overs, regulatory investigations, restructurings, and other corporate advisory work. The team has advised on projects spanning numerous industries, including the financial services (FIG), energy, technology, media and entertainment (TMT), and mining sectors.

“Drawing on more than 200 years of history, Cadwalader’s position as one of the most pre-eminent Wall Street firms is what attracted us in the first place,” says Liu. “Our team has been together for over twenty years and we share the Firm’s commitment to building its Greater China practice on the important foundations of quality clients and quality lawyers.”

Jim Woolery, Cadwalader’s Chairman-elect, says: “Our strategy is to maintain a strong presence in key global markets where our clients also have a significant footprint, and where the business opportunity matches our practice strengths. The appointment of Michael, Jane, Stephen and their high-calibre team, demonstrates our commitment to advise clients on the most demanding, innovative, time-critical and resource-intensive transactions in Hong Kong and China.”

“Internationally, Cadwalader is known as a top law firm for corporate and capital markets transactions,” says Greg Petrick, Co-Chair of Cadwalader's Financial Restructuring Group and Head of International Practice Development. “We are fully committed to enhancing our capabilities for clients from our Hong Kong and China offices and we are honoured to have Michael and his team join our existing cast of talented lawyers in the region.”

Pat Quinn, Cadwalader’s Managing Partner-elect, says: “Michael and his colleagues are a great fit at Cadwalader. They share our focus on excellence in client service and talent development. We are pleased to welcome this experienced and highly respected team of attorneys to our practice.”

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