Expanding Asia corporate & commercial practice

10 Jul 2017

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has today announced the appointment of Michael Chin as a partner*, who joins the firm’s corporate and commercial practice in Hong Kong.

Michael joins from Hogan Lovells and brings over two decades of extensive experience advising on a broad spectrum of corporate transactions across Asia Pacific. He is well known for his ability to bridge cross-cultural gaps, instrumental to his success completing deals in the region.

Michael has represented both multi-national and Chinese clients on a range of public and private M&A transactions, as well as supporting fundraising and investments by both private equity and venture capital funds. He has advised clients across a variety of sectors, including TMT, life sciences, automotive and clean energy.

The hire follows the recently announced partner promotion of Jingyuan Shi who focuses on private equity and venture capital transactions in the TMT sector in China.

Paul Li, the firm’s head of Asia commented: “Michael’s expertise in private equity and venture capital will further deepen our client offering, particularly for those looking to enter or expand in the Greater China market. His experience in public and private deals will continue our strong growth in Hong Kong, China and throughout Asia, and we are very excited to welcome him to the team.”

Ian Wood, head of the firm’s Asia corporate and commercial practice, added: “Michael is a valuable addition to our corporate and commercial team. His significant private equity and venture capital experience adds to our growing profile in this area in Asia. With his long track record of advising multinationals on complex cross border transactions, his skills will be beneficial to our clients across a variety of sectors. Michael is a great fit for our team and we are very much looking forward to working with him.”

On his move, Michael said: “The opportunity to join Simmons & Simmons, a firm with a long and well established presence in Asia and contribute to client work across a number of industries is particularly exciting, given the firm’s strong focus in key sectors. Having worked in both China and Hong Kong I look forward to being part of a true One China strategy as well as Simmons & Simmons’ broader network throughout Asia, and supporting our global clients in the region.”

Michael will be based in Simmons & Simmons’ Hong Kong office.

*Subject to standard regulatory approvals.

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