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Big Four auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers has launched a Hong Kong legal practice with hires from King & Wood Mallesons and O’Melveny & Myers.

David Tiang, formerly a Beijing-based partner with King & Wood Mallesons, has launched a local independent firm- Tiang & Co- and has entered into an association with the accounting firm’s Singapore-licensed law practice, PwC Legal International.

Tiang is joined by former O’Melveny Hong Kong capital markets partner Gigi Woo. In addition, former O’Melveny Hong Kong counsel Joyce Tung joins as counsel.

Tiang & Co will focus on advising on China-related mergers and acquisitions, including both inbound and outbound deals, business reorganization and integration and China and Hong Kong-related regulatory and compliance work, according to the firm’s homepage.

Tiang joined King & Wood Mallesons as a partner specializing in regulatory and compliance matters in 2012, not long after the union between King & Wood and Mallesons Stephen Jaques went live in March of that year. Before that, he was the China general counsel for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for four years. And before that, he was an Asia-based in-house lawyer at General Electric.

Woo joined O’Melveny in 2012 from Standard Chartered Bank, where she oversaw legal matters for the bank’s capital markets unit. Before that, she held in-house roles at Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs. In 2015, she represented Chinese drugmaker Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology Co. on a $302 million listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Singapore-based PwC Legal International was launched in December as a foreign law practice, in addition to the auditor’s affiliated Singapore law firm Camford Law Corp. That followed the March 2016 relocation of PwC global legal service leader Leon Flavell to Singapore from London. The firm also subsequently hired two partners: Natalie Breen, a Norton Rose Fulbright Singapore real estate partner, and Keith McGuire, a former Ashurst Singapore managing partner.

Tiang & Co is not PwC’s first attempt in Hong Kong. In late 2015, the company hired former Allen & Overy China head Joseph Tse as an adviser in Hong Kong for the potential launch of a local firm. Tse has since left and joined Chongqing-based internet startup Simple Credit Micro-lending Co. Ltd. as chairman.

PwC did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Anna Zhang writes about the business of law and legal issues in Asia and Australia. Contact her at azhang@alm.com.

Big Four auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers has launched a Hong Kong legal practice with hires from King & Wood Mallesons and O’Melveny & Myers .

David Tiang, formerly a Beijing-based partner with King & Wood Mallesons , has launched a local independent firm- Tiang & Co- and has entered into an association with the accounting firm’s Singapore-licensed law practice, PwC Legal International.

Tiang is joined by former O’Melveny Hong Kong capital markets partner Gigi Woo. In addition, former O’Melveny Hong Kong counsel Joyce Tung joins as counsel.

Tiang & Co will focus on advising on China-related mergers and acquisitions, including both inbound and outbound deals, business reorganization and integration and China and Hong Kong-related regulatory and compliance work, according to the firm’s homepage.

Tiang joined King & Wood Mallesons as a partner specializing in regulatory and compliance matters in 2012, not long after the union between King & Wood and Mallesons Stephen Jaques went live in March of that year. Before that, he was the China general counsel for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for four years. And before that, he was an Asia-based in-house lawyer at General Electric .

Woo joined O’Melveny in 2012 from Standard Chartered Bank , where she oversaw legal matters for the bank’s capital markets unit. Before that, she held in-house roles at Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs . In 2015, she represented Chinese drugmaker Shanghai Haohai Biological Technology Co. on a $302 million listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Singapore-based PwC Legal International was launched in December as a foreign law practice, in addition to the auditor’s affiliated Singapore law firm Camford Law Corp. That followed the March 2016 relocation of PwC global legal service leader Leon Flavell to Singapore from London. The firm also subsequently hired two partners: Natalie Breen, a Norton Rose Fulbright Singapore real estate partner, and Keith McGuire, a former Ashurst Singapore managing partner.

Tiang & Co is not PwC’s first attempt in Hong Kong. In late 2015, the company hired former Allen & Overy China head Joseph Tse as an adviser in Hong Kong for the potential launch of a local firm. Tse has since left and joined Chongqing-based internet startup Simple Credit Micro-lending Co. Ltd. as chairman.

PwC did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Anna Zhang writes about the business of law and legal issues in Asia and Australia. Contact her at azhang@alm.com.