Freshfields Strengthens Asia Practice with Appointment of Thomas Ng

International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed leading Asian banking, finance and energy lawyer Thomas Ng to the firm’s partnership. He will be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office.
Mr Ng specialises in advising Chinese banks and companies on major banking, projects and energy transactions throughout Asia and around the world.

Commenting on the appointment, Freshfields senior partner Will Lawes said: ‘Tom is a pre-eminent banking and finance lawyer in Asia. He has tremendous insight into the Chinese market and substantial experience helping Chinese companies and banks transact in other markets.’

Robert Ashworth, managing partner of the firm’s Asia practice, said that Mr Ng would play a significant role in the firm’s finance and energy practices in the region.

Mr Ashworth commented: ‘We are focused on developing the firm’s finance and energy practices in Asia and Tom’s appointment is the latest step in that process. Tom has a wealth of experience working with world-class businesses and financial institutions right across the region. As well as his considerable experience in banking and finance, Tom often advises on mergers and acquisitions in the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors and has advised Chinese financial institutions on major outbound M&A transactions.’

David Trott, global head of the firm’s finance practice, commented: ‘Tom’s experience in energy deals and outbound M&A for Chinese businesses complement his core discipline of banking. This combination of skills and experience, together with his language skills, makes him an important hire. The Chinese banks continue to support Chinese companies going abroad as well as carrying out M&A deals in their own right. Tom is a key part of our strategy to increase the number of high-profile deals we do for Chinese companies, as well as supporting the work of our projects team in the region.’

Most recently, Mr Ng was a partner in another European-based international law firm and has spent the past decade in Beijing. He is a Mandarin speaker and studied at the University of Cambridge. He is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and in England and Wales.

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