One of our law firm clients has referred us to one of their important clients in the US, Europe and China – a leading global technology supplier for the auto industry – in order to handle their search for a new Asia General Counsel and Asia Chief Compliance Officer.

Kinney is exclusively handling this in-house search.

This position will have a lot of responsibility and include supervision of eight attorneys underneath them in the China in-house team.  The new hire will report directly to the global general counsel and global chief compliance officer, who is based in the US.  The new hire’s ability to make judgement calls is going to be as important as their technical skill set background.

The position is based in Shanghai and will deal with the company’s operations all over Asia and also in India, including frequent acquisitions in the region.

It is expected that the new hire will come from a top US firm’s Shanghai, Beijing or Hong Kong offices, currently in a top flight corporate practice at the senior associate, counsel or junior partner level.

Mandarin fluency is strongly preferred.

Compensation package is at over $500,000 USD.

Please reach out to Evan Jowers at or if you are interested.


Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Energy Development Corporation (EDC) on its US$315 million financing of the 150 MW Burgos Wind Farm Project (Burgos).

Burgos is the largest wind farm developed in the Philippines to date and the financing represents not only the first international project financing of a wind farm project in the Philippines to reach financial close but also the first time that the Feed in Tariff (FiT) recently introduced by the Philippines Government has been banked. (more…)


Kirkland & Ellis is pleased to announce that transactional lawyer Gary Li will join the Firm as a partner in the Hong Kong office.

“Gary is a top-of-market private equity lawyer in Greater China and we are pleased to welcome him to the Firm. His hiring is a continuation of our investment in Asia and our focus on getting deeper and broader in each of the markets in which we operate,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. (more…)


The Firm represented Goldman Sachs in the initial public offering and Rule 144A/Regulation S offering by Hua Hong Semiconductor Limited. Hua Hong sold an aggregate of 228,696,000 ordinary shares in the offering (before greenshoe) and raised gross proceeds of approximately HK$2,572.8 million (US$332.0 million). The ordinary shares of Hua Hong are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Goldman Sachs acted as sole sponsor, sole global coordinator and sole bookrunner. (more…)


Stephenson Harwood celebrated the opening of its new office last night at The British Embassy in Seoul.

Two hundred clients and contacts joined key personnel from Stephenson Harwood at its launch event, which follows from the firm receiving its licence to open in August this year. The firm has for some time acted for some of Korea’s largest conglomerates across shipping, ship-building and ship finance work, banking, and trade sectors. Clients include the Export-Import Bank of Korea, STX Corporation, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, and Korea Line, all of which were represented at the launch. (more…)


CPA Global, the world’s leading specialist in intellectual property (IP) management software and services, has further strengthened its presence in Asia Pacific with the opening of an office in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei.

The move will enable CPA Global to better serve its growing number of corporate and law firm clients in Taiwan, and to help meet the increasing demand for IP management software and services in this key innovation market, and more broadly across the Asia Pacific region. (more…)


Ashurst announces the appointment of Ben Hammond as a partner in its global financial services regulatory practice.

Ben, who will be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office, joins from Slaughter and May. Specialising in non-contentious regulatory work, he has wide-ranging experience in advising governmental organisations as well as some of the largest financial institutions and corporate organisations in the world on UK, EU and international regulatory issues. (more…)


Appleby acted as Cayman counsel for Hin Sang Group (International) Holdings Co. Ltd. (Hin Sang) in relation to its listing on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on 16 October 2014, with gross proceeds of approximately HK$240 million. This offering is approximately 860 times oversubscribed, ranking the 5th among all oversubscription listings in Hong Kong in 2014, as of today. (more…)


Hogan Lovells has announced that Jeff Olson has joined its Vietnam corporate practice as a partner in the Ho Chi Minh City office.

Jeff joins from Allen & Overy in Vietnam and is U.S. qualified, having previously worked in New York up until his move in 2012. Jeff advises on a broad range of M&A (public and private), joint ventures, strategic investments, foreign direct investment, corporate and acquisition financing, and general corporate matters. His client base is both domestic and global, and he advises on both single jurisdiction and cross-border transactions in Asia and the U.S. (more…)


Bird & Bird is pleased to announce the appointment of Ying Wang as a partner in its International HR Services Group in Shanghai, and where she will head its Employment practice for China.

Ying has built a strong track record in advising both international and local clients on contentious and non-contentious employment issues. (more…)


Morgan Lewis has opened a new office in the Kazakhstan capital of Astana, formalizing its existing presence in the Central Asian country. The firm has operated and served its global clients in the region from Morgan Lewis’s Almaty office since 2012.

Morgan Lewis lawyers in Kazakhstan handle a wide variety of corporate, investment, energy, finance, telecommunications, utilities and other business transactions—both within the country and the broader Central Asia and Caspian region—with an emphasis on energy, banking and capital markets projects. The firm recently served as English, U.S. and Kazakhstan legal adviser to Intergas Central Asia, the operator of Kazakhstan’s national natural gas pipeline system on a successful consent solicitation involving $600 million in Notes. (more…)


Allen & Gledhill is pleased to announce the admission of a new Partner (Foreign Law), Ankit Goyal, with effect from 1 October 2014.

Ankit’s areas of practice cover litigation and international arbitration in Asia with a focus on India. He has been involved in a wide range of commercial disputes across diverse industries. Prior to joining Allen & Gledhill, Ankit was a lawyer in the Hong Kong office of an international law firm and previous to that, he was Head (South Asia) and Counsel at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. (more…)