Paul Hastings swoops for US trio to bolster Hong Kong arm

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker’s Asian arm has launched its second raid on US firms in three months, poaching three senior finance lawyers for its Hong Kong office.

Leveraged finance specialists Brett King and Susan Thom have joined as partner and senior associate respectively from Millbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.

The pair acted on some of the first-ever leveraged buyouts in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.

David Grim has also joined the firm’s capital markets and corporate finance group as of counsel from Cravath Swaine & Moore.

The appointments come just three months after Paul Hastings snared Latham & Watkins lawyer Andrew Hutton as of counsel for the firm’s capital markets group in Hong Kong.

Commenting on the new team, Hong Kong-based capital markets and M&A partner Neil Torpey said: “It will allow Paul Hastings to offer clients a unique, one-stop shop service advising on complex M&A transactions involving private equity, leveraged finance, M&A and high-yield debt.”

Paul Hastings’ Hong Kong office has seen a significant boost in numbers during the past year, which included inheriting a private equity team from Perkins Coie’s defunct Asian base.