Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) has launched a China transactional practice with the hire of partner Daniel Leung and associate Ren Furong, and the relocation of partner Stephen Marais and senior associate Gordon Inkson.
Leung and Ren joined HFW in early March from Squire Patton Boggs. They will be initially based in the law firm’s Hong Kong office, before moving to Shanghai. Marais and Inkson will relocate to Shanghai from HFW’s offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, respectively.
Leung specializes in cross-border transactions, including M&A, inbound and outbound Chinese investments, corporate restructuring, and investment funds work. He acts for Chinese and multinational corporations, private equity and other fund sponsors, institutional investors and high-net-worth clients across Asia-Pacific, including mainland China and Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.
Marais’ practice focuses on banking and asset finance. He has experience in ship finance, commodity and trade finance, aviation finance and structured transactions, in particular sale and leaseback transactions, orphan trust arrangements, Islamic finance and export credit supported transactions.
“This is a significant development for our practice in Shanghai – we now have first-rate corporate and transactional expertise to complement our market-leading offering in all areas of shipping and dispute resolution,” said Nick Poynder, head of HFW’s Shanghai office.