Bird & Bird strengthens its TMT practice with the appointment of Michelle Chan in Hong Kong


Michelle ChanBird & Bird is delighted to announce that it has appointed Michelle Chan as a partner in its office in Hong Kong. Michelle was previously partner at Herbert Smith Freehills where she headed up their Asia TMT team.

Michelle has practiced in Hong Kong since 1997, focussing on technology, media and telecoms work since 1999. Her clients include regional and international operators and multi-national clients.

Michelle has extensive experience in regional TMT issues and is consistently ranked as one of the top TMT lawyers in the Asia region by leading legal directories International Who's Who Legal, Chambers Asia-Pacific and Legal 500 Asia Pacific.  She also has considerable experience in advising clients on data protection issues and non-contentious IP projects. Michelle also worked as in-house legal counsel whilst on secondment to Alcatel-Lucent in Shanghai from 2003 to 2004.

Michelle is dual qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales and Hong Kong, with complete fluency in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Justin Walkey, Chairman of Bird & Bird’s Asian region, says "We are very happy to welcome Michelle to our team. Bird & Bird has a strong technology, media and communications practice and views Asia as a key strategic region for expanding our capabilities in this area. Michelle's arrival will strengthen our TMT focus in Hong Kong and further develop the cross border work between Hong Kong, Singapore and other ASEAN countries to better service the many clients and multinational corporations in the region."

Michelle added "I am very excited to be joining Bird & Bird and looking forward to playing an active role in the firm's strategic plans for further development of its TMT and related capabilities in Asia. Bird & Bird is widely recognised for its top class technology, media and telecoms work and I am very pleased to become a part of its international team."