Goodwin Procter has relocated a funds partner to Hong Kong from London following corporate partner Nian Qing leaving the firm.
Nian left to join a longtime firm client, according to a New York-based spokesperson for Goodwin. The firm declined to name the client.
Nian, who specializes in technology and life science deals, moved to Hong Kong in late 2016 from Goodwin’s Boston office where she had joined as a summer associate. Nian’s move to the Asia outpost was part of Goodwin’s plan to have more homegrown lawyers in Hong Kong who are familiar with the firm’s culture. In 2017, Goodwin launched a summer associate program dubbed Asia Track, aiming to create a steady pipeline of homegrown native Chinese speaking lawyers for the Hong Kong office.
After Nian’s departure, Gregory Barclay, who advises on cross-border private funds’ structure and formation, has moved to Hong Kong. Earlier this year, Barclay represented New York-based GreenOak Real Estate on launching a €600 million ($745 million) Europe lending fund. Last year, he also acted for Swiss investment firm Spice Private Equity Ltd. on a $31.1 million sale of assets.
Barclay joined Goodwin in London in 2012 from Ashurst and became a partner in 2014. With his arrival, Goodwin’s Hong Kong office will have five partners. In October of last year, the firm recruited private equity partners Douglas Freeman and Victor Chen from Paul Hastings. Freeman used to lead the Asia practice for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson before the New York firm decided to pull out of Asia in 2015.