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Allen & Overy (A&O) has secured the services of Hutchison Whampoa’s deputy head group general counsel Bernardine Lam, who will join the firm’s Hong Kong corporate practice as a partner early next year.
Having played an instrumental role in a number of transactions for Hong Kong-headquartered Hutchison Whampoa, Lam comes to A&O with experience in M&A, equity capital markets and corporate and regulatory compliance across a range of industries.
A recent transaction Lam worked on was the $5.5bn (£3.4bn) listing of Hutchison Whampoa’s ports business trust on the Singapore Stock Exchange earlier this year.
Prior to joining Hutchison Whampoa Lam was a partner at SNR Denton legacy firm Denton Hall, where she led the firm’s corporate and commercial practice in Hong Kong.
In a statement A&O’s global corporate co-head Andrew Ballheimer said: “We believe Hong Kong will remain a key financial centre for equity and debt raisings by Chinese and other leading corporates as well as a hub for major cross border M&A activity.”
It is anticipated that Lam, who has 11 years of in-house experience as well as 15 years of private practice, will fill in the gap left by the departure of partner Ashley Young and senior associate Douglas Murning, who defected to Kirkland & Ellis last month (9 August 2011).