Ropes & Gray, seeking to rebuild its Hong Kong office after a string of departures in the past year, has hired Simpson Thacher & Bartlett finance lawyer Jackie Kahng as a partner in Hong Kong.
Kahng, who is dual-qualified in New York and Hong Kong, focuses on borrower-side financing work, advising private equity funds and their portfolio companies across the Asia-Pacific.
“Jackie’s experience will enhance our global finance offering,” Byung Choi, co-head of the firm’s global finance practice, said in a statement. “Her appointment is a further step in building an integrated global finance practice that allows us to offer cross-border expertise across financing products.”
With the move, Ropes & Gray is taking a step toward rebuilding its Hong Kong office, which lost eight partners in the past year. Of those eight, four, including office head Paul Boltz, left for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Another two went to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and the others went to Davis Polk & Wardwell and White & Case, respectively.
Globally, the firm has also experienced a string of departures in recent months. However, it also has recently hired several partners in various locations around the world: In addition to Kahng in Hong Kong, Filko Prugo joined in New York as a partner and chair of the firm’s life sciences intellectual property litigation practice; Judith Seddon, who joined from Clifford Chance, was named co-lead of the firm’s London anti-corruption and international risk practice; Ama Adams, who previously was a partner at Baker Botts, joined the firm’s litigation and enforcement practice in Washington, D.C.; and Scott McKeown, a leading intellectual property lawyer, joined Ropes & Gray as a partner in Washington, D.C., and as chair of the firm’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board practice.
In Hong Kong, office managing partner Daniel Anderson said in a statement that the addition of Kahng, with her experience advising PE funds in leveraged transactions, was a good fit for the firm and its clients. “Her appointment reflects our commitment to meeting our clients’ needs in this important area of our global business and is a good illustration of our long-term commitment to grow Ropes & Gray’s presence in Hong Kong and Asia,” he said.
Ropes & Gray opened its Hong Kong office in 2008. In Asia, it also has offices in Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul. It also has six offices in the United States and an office in London.