Hong Kong

A six-lawyer team has left midsized Hong Kong firm Oldham, Li & Nie to form a new firm.

Employment partner Adam Hugill and private client partner Alfred Ip have founded Hugill & Ip. They are joined by former OLN corporate partner Christopher Hooley and corporate consultant Gary Wong, who is now a partner. Disputes associate Carmen Tang and private client associate Jacqueline Cheng also moved over.

Hugill and Ip started their own firm to “apply modern thinking to client service, utilizing up-to-date technology in a contemporary environment,” the firm said in a statement, adding that it will be approachable and provide “timely, straightforward and personalized advice.”

“We look to the future and believe that in taking corporate social and environmental responsibility, we will develop a better working environment for our staff and our clients,” the firm said.

With half a dozen lawyers left, OLN now has about 30 lawyers, 10 of whom are partners; the firm is considering promotions from within and is expecting a couple of lateral hires in the coming months, said senior partner and founder Gordon Oldham.

Founded by Oldham in 1987, OLN is a full-service firm, best known for labor and employment, intellectual property and dispute resolution. It has an office in Shanghai focused on intellectual property that has been in operation since 2007. In January of this year, the firm entered into a collaboration agreement with London-based DAC Beachcroft.

Hugill focuses on employment law, including employee transfers, cross-border terminations and compensation and benefits. He was with OLN for about eight years after two stints, first as an associate from 2008 to 2012, then as a partner since 2014. In between the two stints, he was special counsel at Baker McKenzie, where he co-led the Hong Kong employment law practice together with partner Susan Kendall.

Ip is a private client specialist, advising on wealth-related matters, including trust and probate, family office and mental capacity issues. He also advises on family disputes, most of which are estate related. He was with OLN for 13 years and led the firm’s private client practice. Following his departure, Gordon Oldham will lead OLN’s private client practice.

Hooley specializes in corporate work, including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and immigration matters. He joined OLN in 2002 and headed the firm’s corporate commercial practice.

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