Frances Woo is group chairman and the managing partner of the Hong Kong office. She practises a full range of corporate and commercial law, particularly specialising in mergers and acquisitions, advising on public and private offerings of debt and equity, restructurings, structured and other finance matters and funds work (mutual funds, unit trusts, limited partnerships and private equity).
Clients include global and regional financial institutions, multinational organisations, listed entities and private equity houses.
Prior to joining the group in 1994, Woo practised corporate commercial law in Toronto, Canada. She became a partner of Appleby in 1997 and managing partner of the Hong Kong office in 2000. She was elected group chairman in December 2012.
Woo has written for a number of international legal publications including Legal Week, Global Assets, STEP Journal and Asia-Mena Counsel. She has been quoted frequently in The Lawyer,Asian Legal Business, Asia-Mena Counsel, China Business Law Journal, China Law & Practice and Venture Capital Journal. Woo has also spoken frequently at various conferences including IFLR, IBA, IPBA and numerous industry conferences.
She was born and educated in Toronto, Canada. She holds a BSc Honours Degree from the University of Toronto, graduating in 1987 with distinction. She went on to study law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, obtaining a JD degree in 1991. Woo is a barrister and solicitor in Canada, a solicitor in England, Wales, Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands and is registered with the Bermuda Bar.
She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. She is a member of the International Bar Association, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Law Society of Hong Kong and a non-practising member of the Law Society of England and Wales.