I am a senior associate in Freshfields' Hong Kong office, focusing on financial services regulatory matters in Hong Kong.
The scope of my work in Hong Kong includes advising on licensing matters, prime brokerage arrangements, securities dealing, financial market regulations, intermediary and distribution arrangements, product development and structuring, and financial technology. I have also worked on numerous headline cross-border M&A deals and have been responsible for conducting multi-jurisdictional financial services regulatory surveys in the Asia-Pacific region.
Prior to my arrival in Hong Kong in September 2009, I spent two years in the firm's London office working on corporate and finance transactions, usually with a cross-border element, and between August 2008 and March 2009 I was seconded to the firm's Shanghai office.
I am ranked as an "associate to watch" in Chambers' 2014 Asia-Pacific directory: http://www.chambersandpartners.com/person/685654/8
List of selected deals/matters:
- Bank of Montreal on Hong Kong corporate and regulatory matters relating to its acquisition of Lloyd George Management, a global asset manager based in Hong Kong (2011) and F&C Asset Management plc (2014);
- HSBC on the sale of its stake in Ping An for US$9.3bn (2012/13);- CITIC on its US$1.3bn acquisition of BBVA’s stake in CITIC Bank, and on its acquisition of CLSA;
- HSBC on Hong Kong aspects of its UK, US and Hong Kong recovery and resolution plans (2012-2016);
- Nippon Wealth Limited on structuring and obtaining HKMA authorization for a private banking business in Hong Kong (2013-2015);
- Prudential on its US$1.25bn 15 year pan-Asian bancassurance partnership with Standard Chartered (2014);
- Manulife on its US$1.2bn 15 year pan-Asian bancassurance partnership with DBS (2015); and
- GPB Financial Services (Hong Kong) Limited (a subsidiary of Gazprombank) on structuring, establishing and licensing a new securities company in Hong Kong (2014-2016).