Orrick beefs up HK with Paul Hastings raid

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has poached a structured finance partner from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker to boost its Asian offering.

Michelle Taylor has joined Orrick’s Hong Kong office as a partner specialising in securitisation and structured finance. She joins from Paul Hastings, where she was a partner in its Hong Kong office.

Prior to joining Orrick, Taylor advised on the first CMBS securitisation in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and acted on the first future flow securitisation in Korea.

Orrick’s co-head of the structured finance practice Joshua Raff said in a statement: “Michelle’s addition will enable us to offer the quality and level of legal service our clients have come to expect from us in each jurisdiction in which we practice.”

Taylor’s departure comes at a time when the Paul Hastings Hong Kong office has seen a significant boost in numbers, which has included inheriting a private equity team from Perkins Coie’s defunct Asian base last year.

Earlier this year, the firm raided fellow US firms for talent, poaching leveraged finance specialists Brett King and Susan Thom from Millbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. They joined as partner and senior associate respectively.

Shearman & Sterling’s Singapore office was also raided for corporate partner Alex Regan. Most recently, Paul Hastings poached corporate specialist Basil Hwang from O’Melveny & Myers, continuing its expansion of the Hong Kong corporate team.