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Mayer Brown JSM has hired Sidley Austin litigation partner Alan Linning in Hong Kong.
Linning specializes in securities litigation and financial services government investigations and regulatory matters. He has advised banks and fund managers on proceedings before regulators, including the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.
Linning is best known for his five-year tenure as executive director for enforcement at the SFC, the Hong Kong equivalent of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In a high-profile case, Linning led the enforcement against Towry Law (Asia) Hong Kong Ltd., a local arm of London-based asset manager Henderson Group Plc., on misselling hedge fund products to 2,300 investors in Hong Kong. The case resulted in a fine of more than $84 million on Towry Law.
Linning joined the SFC in 2001 from Baker McKenzie, where he co-led the global legal giant’s disputes practice in Hong Kong; he was reappointed in 2004 for a second term but left the regulator in 2006 to be Asia head of compliance at JPMorgan Chase & Co. In 2009, Linning joined Sidley Austin as a partner in Hong Kong, where he served as head of the firm’s local disputes and regulatory group.
Late last year, Sidley hired former O’Melveny & Myers Hong Kong managing partner Friven Yeoh as a partner in the dispute resolution and international arbitration practices. Hong Kong-based Asia head of compliance and investigations Yuet Ming Tham also handles white-collar defense and regulatory matters. Former Hong Kong-based litigation partner Charles Allen left for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in 2016.