Kirkland & Ellis has recruited securities partner Meng Ding in Hong Kong, luring him away from Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Ding, a native Chinese speaker who holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D. from the University of California’s Berkeley School of Law, was a Davis Polk associate advising on U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission-regulated securities offers and transactions. In September, he acted for JPMorgan Chase & Co. as underwriter to Taiwanese manufacturer TPK Holding Co. Ltd.’s $236.3 million share offer.
He has over the years advised on some high-profile initial public offerings by Chinese companies, including the Agricultural Bank of China’s $22 billion listing in 2010.
He joined Davis Polk in 2009.
In July, Davis Polk elevated Hong Kong litigation lawyer Karen Chan to partner—the first partner promotion made by the Wall Street firm in its Greater China offices since 2011.
In 2015, Kirkland & Ellis also hired former Davis Polk associate Lin Xiaoxi as a mergers and acquisitions partner in Hong Kong. Lin is also a Chinese-speaking U.S. lawyer.
So far this year Kirkland has acted on several U.S. IPOs by Chinese issuers; these include Chinese tutoring service provider Four Seasons Education (Cayman) Inc.’s $101 million New York Stock Exchange listing, Singaporean e-commerce company Sea Ltd.’s $884.5 million NYSE IPO and a $171 million Nasdaq listing by Bain Capital-backed Chinese tutoring company Rise Education Cayman Ltd.