Simmons in Wachovia, Links raids for China duo

Simmons & Simmons has hired a senior legal counsel from Wachovia Bank to expand its China financial markets group.

Sau-Wing Mak, who was also a senior vice-president at Wachovia and was previously a Linklaters solicitor, joins Simmons as a partner.

She will be joined in Hong Kong by Linklaters managing associate Kevin Tong, who joins Simmons in the same capacity.

Simmons head of Asia financial markets Paul Browne said the duo’s appointments are a further indication of the firm’s ­commitment to the region.

“Sau-Wing Mak and Kevin Tong are both exceptionally high-calibre lawyers and will be a great asset,” said Browne.