Locke Lord boosts Hong Kong with five-partner association

US firm Locke Lord has grown its Hong Kong offering by sealing an association with Cheung & Lee, a local firm formed earlier this year by lawyers from Gide Loyrette Nouel, K&L Gates, Stephenson Harwood and Winston & Strawn.

The expansive Texas-headquarted outfit will collaborate with a five-partner team comprising finance specialist Balbir Bindra, corporate and disputes lawyer Wing Cheung and corporate partners Alfred Lee, Tej Mahil and Matthew Wong.

The quintet resigned from their respective firms in recent months and formed Cheung & Lee earlier this year with the intention of entering into an association with Locke Lord.

Wong was previously a partner at Stephenson Harwood, which he joined from Bird & Bird in Hong Kong just over a year ago (8 December 2011).

Bindra was head of Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Asia banking and finance practice, while Lee and Cheung moved to Cheung & Lee from K&L Gates, where they were a partner and a consultant respectively.

Mahil was a partner at Winston, originally joining the US outfit in 2011 from DLA Piper, where he was a partner in Hong Kong.

The development comes just over a year after Locke Lord launched in London through a raid on Salans and Rochman Landau last February (7 November 2011).

Locke Lord global chair Jerry Clements said in a statement: “Hong Kong represents one of the true centres of the global marketplace today, and we believe we have the right team in place to be front-line participants.

“We anticipate unlimited synergies and opportunities between our new Hong Kong association and our already strong global banking and finance, corporate and commercial litigation lawyers.”

Locke Lord has had an office in Hong Kong since January 2011, but the firm does not currently list any Hong Kong-based lawyers on its website.