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This inaugural list highlights the achievements of the top 15 IP lawyers across Asia, who have consistently delivered high-quality IP work and set high standards in the IP space, while earning accolades from their colleagues, superiors, and clients.
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Betty Yap, the head of Linklaters’ China practice from 2012 to 2016, has returned to the firm from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where she held a similar role.
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​​​​​​​Hong Kong’s LC Lawyers, a member of the EY global network, has hired corporate finance expert Li Fai as a partner from PRC firm Jingtian & Gongcheng.
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Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance has hired debt markets specialist Alan Yeung as a partner in its Hong Kong office from Shearman & Sterling.
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​​​​​​​JunHe and Linklaters have advised China’s Yue Xiu Enterprises on the $656 million privatisation of Hong Kong-listed Chong Hing Bank, which was advised by Baker McKenzie.
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Tiang & Partners, a Hong Kong firm that works closely with PwC’s global legal network, has hired Gaven Cheong as head of its investment funds practice from Simmons & Simmons.
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Jingtian & Gongcheng has hired capital markets expert Liu Wei as a partner in its Hong Kong office from DLA Piper, where he was the head of the China practice.
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Linklaters and Haiwen & Partners are advising China Tourism Group Duty Free Corporation  on its planned secondary listing in Hong Kong, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Jia Yuan Law Offices advising the joint underwriters.
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Sullivan & Cromwell and Fangda Partners are advising Chinese smart electric vehicle maker Xpeng on its planned dual primary listing in Hong Kong, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and JunHe advising the joint sponsors. The listing is expected to raise nearly $2 billion.
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The pandemic has likely permanently altered the legal industry globally in a number of significant ways.