Pinsent Masons has expanded its Asian operations, poaching two corporate heavyweights and a senior China-qualified lawyer for its Hong Kong and Shanghai offices.
The latest hires are part of a recruitment drive that has boosted the firm’s corporate team in Asia to a total of 14 lawyers.
International operations partner Tony Bunch said the new recruits would give the firm full corporate capability in Hong Kong.
“We built our business historically to support the construction and infrastructure project work of our major international clients,” Bunch told The Lawyer. “But now we have these experts in private equity and venture capital, which will allow the firm to offer a full corporate service.”
Fischer was Clyde & Co’s Hong Kong-based corporate head, while Lui was a corporate partner in DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office. He is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.
Yao, who will be based in Shanghai, has been a partner at prominent Chinese law firm Boss & Young, which specialises in foreign direct investment.