Simon Cheong Kai-tse has joined Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton as a Beijing partner in the firm’s corporate and finance and bankruptcy practice groups. Cheong joins from the Chinese law firm Zhong Lun in Beijing.
Cheong is one of the few lawyers in China to have worked on RMB “dim sum bond” issues in Hong Kong, and specialises in advising clients on cross-border regulatory matters associated with raising RMB funds outside of China for reinvestment into mainland China.
He has more than 16 years of experience advising multinational companies and financial institutions on cross-border M&A and financing matters. In addition to his private practice experience, Cheong served as senior counsel for the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) and was responsible for managing the IFC’s legal activities in mainland China.
“His knowledge and experience is both complementary and supplementary to our existing practices, especially given his significant project finance and commercial finance expertise that is a great addition to our Beijing office,” said Guy Halgren, chairman of Sheppard Mullin.