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Linklaters & Alliance has bolstered its corporate department in Hong Kong with M&A partner Teresa Ma transferring from the London office.
Asia managing partner Andrew Roberts said: "Teresa's remarkable combination of skills and experience, as well as linguistic ability, will strengthen significantly our corporate practice in Hong Kong and our cross-border work in Asia." Besides English, Ma speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and Thai. Dual Hong Kong and English-qualified, Ma worked in investment banks prior to joining Linklaters. Her M&A credentials include advising on the $13bn (£9.17bn) worldwide mergers to form PricewaterhouseCoopers.
"This is an exciting time to be in Hong Kong. There's considerable scope for M&A" Teresa Ma, Linklaters & Alliance
Ma said: "This is an exciting time to be in Hong Kong. The country functions as a hub for much of the Asia region. Although the economic downturn has had its effect, there's considerable scope for M&A activity - from Korea to Singapore and, of course, in China. China's accession to the WTO [World Trade Organisation] should accelerate foreign direct investment and Chinese entities making acquisitions and raising funds internationally." Linklaters is pursuing a strategy of incremental growth within its Asian corporate teams. The firm recently hired US securitisation partner Mark Hunsaker from Sullivan & Cromwell to its Tokyo office (The Lawyer 12 November). Tokyo head Tony Grundy cited regional M&A opportunities as one reason to remain focused on Asia.