Linklaters has poached Allen & Overy (A&O) derivatives partner Chin-Chong Liew for its Hong Kong office. Liew will join Linklaters as its Asia head of derivatives and structured products from A&O, where he has held the position of partner since 2000. The appointment brings considerable experience in over-the-counter derivatives, structured equity and credit, market access and fund-linked products across Asia to Linklaters. Liew, a fluent Mandarin-speaker, will also focus on continuing his development of derivative and structured products in China as the pace of deregulation in the PRC increases. A partner at the firm told The Lawyer, “Derivatives and structured products are a developing area in Asia and indeed globally. We have been focused on electing Liew for some time now and he is recognised as Asia’s best derivatives lawyer. This appointment gives Linklaters the opportunity to grow its delivery of these highly technical specialised products to clients throughout the rest of Asia,” the partner added. Linklaters has been expanding its Asia derivatives practice since April when it appointed leading Japanese lawyer Akihiro Wani to the partnership.