Bird & Bird appoints new corporate partner in Singapore

20 April 2015

Bird & Bird announces that it has appointed Ken Cheung as partner in its Corporate Group in Singapore.

Ken specialises in corporate, commercial and finance law including cross-border transactions, foreign investment, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions and private equity in the Asia-Pacific region. His practice is regional and is focused on South East Asia, in particular Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and more recently, Myanmar. Ken also has many years’ experience working in Australia and for Australian clients in the region, and will work closely with colleagues in the firm's Sydney office.

With a primary focus on the corporate energy sector in the Asia Pacific region, particularly renewables and clean energy, Ken's practice also encompasses the traditional mining and offshore oil & gas industries. Ken has a leading reputation in the renewable energy sector and advises many of the major players. He advises on the corporate and commercial aspects of investments and projects including M&A advice, structuring, joint ventures, supply contracts and IP and technology issues. He also advises clients across a range of other sectors including transport, insurance, IT and media.

Ken is admitted as a Solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales, the High Court of Australia and New South Wales. He holds an LL.B and a BEC. from Macquarie University, Australia.

Tay Beng Chai, Head of the Asia Pacific Corporate Practice said:"We are delighted to welcome Ken to our team. His appointment marks another step in our growth in the Asia Pacific region. With Ken on board we will also be able to build out the energy and utilities offering in Asia Pacific, and to capitalise on opportunities both with existing clients and with Bird & Bird’s global contacts who are looking to develop their energy businesses across the region."

Matt Bonass, Co-Head of our International Energy & Utilities Sector, said: "We have a recognised energy regulatory team based in Singapore, led by Sandra Seah. With the recent opening of our Sydney office bringing expertise in the emerging Australian clean tech and renewables market, we view Ken's arrival as further strengthening our capabilities in the region and expanding our service offering, both in Singapore and the ASEAN region. Supported by an extensive corporate background and his leading reputation in the energy sector, Ken will play an integral role in the growth of our International Energy & Utilities sector worldwide.

Ken said: "I'm very excited to be joining Bird & Bird. It is known for its wide international reach and integrated approach across regions. I look forward to developing both my corporate and energy practice and creating more synergies on cross border collaboration within the firm's sound framework."

Justin Walkey, Chairman, Bird & Bird Asia Pacific said: "In addition to Ken's recent appointment in Singapore, the firm has also welcomed new IP partner, Jane Owen in Sydney, Australia. These appointments follow directly on from a number of new senior lateral hires to our corporate, Tech & Comms, and employment practices in the Asia Pacific over the past 12 months. These appointments are all key to our ongoing commitment to clients and integral to Bird & Bird's strategy for growth and development in the Asia Pacific region."