Hogan Lovells strengthens Corporate Practice in China

HONG KONG, 10 August 2011 - Hogan Lovells has strengthened its Corporate practice in China with the hire of Michael Chin. Michael, an experienced corporate, private equity and venture capital lawyer, joined the Shanghai office on 1 August 2011 and will be based in the firm's Shanghai office.

Michael was formerly a partner in Dorsey's corporate practice in both Shanghai and Hong Kong and served as co-Chair of their Asia-Pacific practice group. He has years of experience practicing in Asia representing foreign multi-national and Chinese clients involved in private equity and venture capital deals as well as a broad range of public and private M&A transactions.

Commenting on Michael's arrival, Co-chief executive David Harris said: "In 2011 alone we have now seen more that 20 partner lateral hires joining Hogan Lovells. Each one of them has stated that our global platform and the strength and breadth of our practice in every major market is a significant attraction to them as individuals and to their clients."

Asia and Middle East Regional Managing Partner, Crispin Rapinet added: "One of the strategic objectives for the continued growth of our award winning corporate practice in China was to provide our fund and investor client base with a specialist private equity and venture capital partner on the ground in Shanghai. Michael's impressive track record demonstrates that he will be able to successfully complement and leverage Hogan Lovells' platform in China, which is regarded as one of the best in the market."

Michael Chin said: "Hogan Lovells provides a truly global platform from which to develop my corporate, private equity and venture capital practice. It has a well recognised brand in Greater China which is a competitive advantage in winning sophisticated corporate mandates. Hogan Lovells' particular strengths in the healthcare, life sciences and TMT sectors was also a significant draw card. I look forward to working with my colleagues around the world to build our practice."

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