16 January 2019

KWM Hong Kong partnership continues growth with the addition of Ashley Wong and Wang Yu

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is delighted to announce the continued growth of the Hong Kong partnership with the addition of Ashley Wong, effective from 15 January 2019, and Wang Yu who will be joining in February.

Hayden Flinn, Co-Chief Executive of KWM Hong Kong said, “We are thrilled to welcome Ashley and Yu to the Hong Kong office. These appointments, in addition to our expansions in July 2018, reflect the increasing cross-border transactional demand in the PRC and will help pave the way for our ambition to capture opportunities from the Greater Bay Area and globally. We believe these appointments will help improve the depth, quality and breadth of our service offering as we continue to execute our growth strategy.”

Hao Zhou, Managing Partner (Clients) added, “Such appointments demonstrate our commitment to attracting and promoting talented lawyers to best serve our clients. Their extensive experience and client base will add value to our firm-wide initiative in improving the client experience to ensure service delivery of the highest quality.”

Ashley Wong (Banking & Finance) joins from Mayer Brown and will be responsible for leading the Hong Kong aviation practice. She has over 15 years of experience in aviation matters, advising airlines, leasing companies, maintenance and repair organisations and other market players in the aviation industry on a wide range of areas including aircraft portfolio acquisitions and disposals, pre-delivery payments financing, sale and lease-back arrangements, acquisitions and disposals of new and used aircraft and engines, dry leasing and wet leasing of aircraft, long-term airframe and engine maintenance arrangements and other commercial arrangements.

Richard Mazzochi, Partner and Head of Banking & Finance practice of KWM Hong Kong said, “Ashley’s extensive track record and sector experience will complement our international aviation practice. Her language capabilities will enable her to work effectively on transactions involving both international and Chinese entities.”

Wang Yu (Corporate & Securities) will be joining from a U.S. international law firm in February to strengthen our U.S. capital markets capabilities. He has more than 10 years of experience advising on securities offerings, private equity and other corporate transactions. Yu represents corporate clients, investment banks and private equity funds on transactional matters including capital markets, private equity and financial derivative products.

Dr. Sheldon Tse, Partner and Head of Corporate & Securities Practice of KWM Hong Kong said, “Yu’s experience advising Chinese and international clients on U.S. capital markets transactions will add to our unique strength in offering one-stop-shop support in respect of Hong Kong, PRC, and U.S. legal advice.”

These appointments follow the expansion of the Hong Kong office in July 2018, with the promotion of four partners, eight counsel and senior associates, along the addition of two senior lawyers.

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