Asia's top tier international law firm King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has strengthened its cross-border finance capability with the appointment of Banking and Finance partner David Lam.
David brings 18 years of cross-border finance experience coupled with a deep understanding and connectivity with clients in Hong Kong SAR and Mainland China.
Fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, in addition to English, David has built an effective practice focussed on cross-border loan financing outbound from China where he has advised lenders, sponsors and corporate borrowers on a wide range of financing transactions including acquisition financing, pre-IPO financing, real estate financing, impact financing, general syndicated and bilateral lending, restructuring and non-performing loans, with a particular focus on PRC-related transactions.
Commenting on David's appointment, KWM China Managing Partner, Wang Ling said: "We are very much looking forward to welcoming David back into the KWM global partnership. David's appointment reflects the firm's continued focus on providing a truly global offering, and one that is known for its preeminent cross-border expertise."
Richard Mazzochi, Partner, Banking & Finance added: "David has strong relationships with Chinese and international banks and financial institutions, as well as major Chinese corporate sponsors. He will play a key role in further strengthening our cross-border finance practice and deepening our link to Mainland China where David is highly regarded amongst clients.
David commenced his career at Clifford Chance, spending 10 years with the firm, before joining KWM as a partner in Hong Kong for eight years, followed by joining Allen & Overy in 2019 as Head of their China Desk (Australia).
David championed KWM HK in its successful bid to become one of the first law firm partners to the Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office (IFFO), established by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, to facilitate infrastructure investments and their financings under China's Belt and Road Initiative.
David joins the 12 lateral partner hires in recent months across KWM's offices in Asia and Europe.