Ashurst strengthens Hong Kong office with two new hires

February 12, 2018 Ashurst has recruited a pair of banking and finance partners for its Hong Kong office: Daniel Lau of Allen & Overy (A&O) and Eric Tan of Chinese firm Fangda Partners.

Lau, who worked at A&O’s Beijing office for over a decade and most recently served as a counsel there, specializes in debt-related transactions. His work includes advisement on real estate and project finance, syndicated loans, structured and acquisition finance, and the financing of Chinese outbound investments and acquisitions.

Tan began as an associate at such firms as Baker McKenzie and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before holding a counsel position at Linklaters, after which he found himself at Fangda. His move to Ashurst marks the end of a 15-month stay at the Chinese firm. His expertise includes cross-border lending, acquisition finance, and structured finance.

Ashurst’s Hong Kong office managing partner Joshua Cole commented that the new additions would be an asset to the firm’s “exceptional client service in the region.” He also emphasized the firm’s exceptional relationship with the region’s banks and financial institutions.

These hires also come in the wake of the branch’s recruitment of restructuring partner Damien Whitehead from White & Case.

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