Addleshaw Goddard has hired Lance Jiang as a corporate partner in Hong Kong.
A U.S. lawyer, Jiang will join the firm next month and will be made a partner after he qualifies in Hong Kong next spring. He advises on mergers and acquisitions, fund formation, venture capital, private equity, as well as debt capital markets, restructurings and nonperforming loans.
Jiang was most recently an in-house lawyer at China Minsheng Financial Holding Corp. Ltd., the Hong Kong-listed unit of China’s largest private sector investment company—China Minsheng Investment Corp. Ltd. Previously, he was co-head of the legal department at Chinese distressed debt manager China Great Wall AMC International Holdings Co. Ltd. and a managing director at Bank of New York Mellon.
He practiced at legacy King & Wood as counsel from 2010 to 2011 and at Davis Polk & Wardwell as an associate from 2007 to 2009, focusing on public offerings, capital markets and bond issuance.
Jiang is the first partner hire for Bob Charlton, Addleshaws’ new Asia head, who has been tasked with expanding the London-based firm in the region to more than 10 partners by the end of 2021. Charlton joined Addleshaws in May this year from legacy Berwin Leighton Paisner, where he had held a similar role since 2014; He left just before that firm’s merger with Bryan Cave in April.
With the addition of Jiang, Addleshaws will have five partners in Hong Kong: corporate partner Andrew Yang, who joined the firm in October of last year from Goodwin Procter; capital markets partner Daniel Wan and disputes partner Nigel Francis. Francis, who was Addleshaws’ previous Asia head, will leave the firm at the end of the year.
Brett Stewien, a corporate partner who launched Addleshaws’ Hong Kong office with Francis in 2013, left the firm in November of last year to start his own firm, GPS Legal, together with a pair of former Baker Botts lawyers.
Addleshaws also has an office in Singapore led by sole partner and international arbitration specialist Jamie Harrison.
The firm made its debut in this year’s Asia 50 ranking as the 50th largest global firm in Asia, with 38 fee-earners in the Asia-Pacific region in 2017—more than double the previous year’s head count of 17.