Bird & Bird strengthens international corporate practice with key lateral hire in Hong Kong

09 October 2008

International law firm Bird & Bird today announces the appointment of Matthew Wong, who joins the firm’s corporate practice as a partner in Hong Kong.


Matthew joins the firm from the Hong Kong office of K&L Gates and specialises in private equity, M&A and corporate finance as well as cross-border work. He has extensive experience in general company law and securities compliance issues, with a significant proportion of his work undertaken for investment funds and listed companies based in Hong Kong.


In addition to the transactional practice, Matthew also has experience in advising investment funds and managers on Hong Kong securities regulatory matters – such as obtaining the necessary licenses for setting up investment funds or investment banking operations in Hong Kong, as well as advising on Hong Kong Listing Rules and Takeovers Code compliance.


Commenting on Matthew’s appointment, Marcus Vass, Head of Corporate/Commercial Group in Asia, said; “We are delighted to welcome Matthew to the firm. He is a highly regarded corporate practitioner, so his arrival will further enhance the reputation of our expanding corporate practice here in Hong Kong.”

Mark Pinder, joint-head of Bird & Bird’s international Corporate Practice, added; “Our Hong Kong corporate practice focuses on cross border international work, comprising primarily M&A, joint ventures, international listings, corporate investments and establishment, as well as providing advice on securities, private equity and general company law. Matthew has vast experience in all these areas, especially in the private equity field, and will complement our existing corporate team very well.”


Commenting on his own appointment, Matthew said ;" I am very much looking forward to being part of Bird & Bird. The firm has a strong international reputation across all its core practices and a growing corporate offering, so I see this move as an ideal opportunity to expand my practice.”


Bird & Bird’s International Corporate Group has over 120 lawyers specialising in international and local M&A, takeovers and IPOs, private equity and corporate governance and tax structuring – as well as key support areas such as acquisition and debt financing and employee benefits and incentives.


Bird & Bird's Asian offices have undergone a period of rapid growth in recent months. With the appointments of IP partners Ai-Leen Lim and James Luo earlier this year, the firm now has a total of 10 partners and consultants based in Asia.


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For more information please contact:
Derek Gilmour or Ben Girdlestone
Tel: +44(0)20 7415 6079 / +44(0)20 79826470
Email:
derek.gilmour@twobirds.com or ben.girdlestone@twobirds.com


About Bird & Bird


Bird & Bird is a full service international commercial law firm with offices in Beijing, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, The Hague, Helsinki, Hong Kong, London, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stockholm and Warsaw.