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Nixon Peabody has recruited a corporate finance partner in its Hong Kong office from a local brokerage backed by Alibaba chairman Jack Ma.

John Maguire joins Nixon Peabody CWL from Yunfeng Financial Group, where he was most recently head of corporate finance. He advises on a wide range of transactions, including public-company takeovers, initial public offerings, and corporate restructurings.

He is also a deputy chairman of the Securities and Futures Commission’s takeovers and mergers panel, which hears disciplinary matters, reviews disputed rulings and advises the commission on changes to the takeovers and mergers codes. Other deputy chairs on the panel are Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer China chair Teresa Ko and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner Freeman Chan.

Maguire returns to practicing law at a firm after more than two decades working at Hong Kong investment banks. He joined Yunfeng Financial’s predecessor brokerage firm Reorient Group Ltd. in 2011 and stayed through its takeover by Yunfeng Capital—a private equity firm controlled by Jack Ma and David Yu—in 2015, which then changed its name to Yunfeng Financial the next year.

Earlier in his legal career, Maguire practiced in London, at legacy firms Denton Hall Burgin & Warrens (now Dentons) and Norton Rose (now Norton Rose Fulbright), as well as Baker McKenzie.

Maguire is Nixon Peabody’s second partner hire in Hong Kong so far this year. In January, the firm recruited longtime Hogan Lovells intellectual property partner Henry Wheare.

The Hong Kong office was opened in 2010 with an association with local firm Cheng Wong Lam & Partners and later combined in 2015, after five years of association, with the Hong Kong office now known as Nixon Peabody CWL. It currently has about 35 lawyers, including 15 partners, in the city.

Nixon Peabody CWL also has an association with Beijing-based JunZeJun Law Offices.