03 May, 2012

Capital Markets Practitioner with Specialized Derivatives Expertise Joins in Hong Kong; Further Diversifies Global Financial Institutions Practice


Latham & Watkins LLPis pleased to announce that Posit Laohaphan has joined the firm’s Hong Kong office as counsel in the Corporate Department.


Laohaphan has extensive capital markets and equity derivatives experience. He has advised both issuers and underwriters with respect to a broad range of sophisticated securities matters and has represented dealers and counterparties on various derivatives transactions and in the area of derivatives regulation. He has particularly deep experience structuring an array of complex debt, equity-linked, credit-linked and hybrid structured products. Laohaphan has advised banks and companies in the United States and across the Asia-Pacific region.


Michael Liu, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Hong Kong, said: “Posit is a talented practitioner who brings a wealth of specialized experience and local market knowledge to our practice. His background nicely complements our broad Hong Kong, US and English law capital markets practice and derivatives transactions and regulatory capability, and we are delighted to welcome him to the team.”  


“Posit has represented a number of the largest multinational and regional investment banks and other financial players on complex intra-region and cross-border matters. He brings deep product knowledge and understanding of the regulatory landscape to the team,” said Simon Berry, Co-Chair of Latham’s Global Financial Institutions Industry Group. “Posit adds further depth to our transactional capability in Asia and his arrival is another significant step toward building the leading global financial institutions practice.”


Latham & Watkins’ global financial institutions team has extensive experience in transactional, regulatory and litigation matters. The team has earned a reputation for innovative legal counsel advising both sell-side and buy-side on complex, cross-border transactions involving cutting-edge financial products in both public and over-the-counter markets across various asset classes. Latham’s pre-eminent financial regulatory expertise makes the firm particularly well suited to handle such transactions in a rapidly changing regulatory environment.


“I look forward to contributing to the further growth of Latham’s leading financial institutions practice, in particular in Hong Kong and more broadly across Asia. The depth of knowledge and the world-wide resources at Latham is impressive and I am excited to be joining the team and to being part of its continued expansion,” said Laohaphan.  


Laohaphan joins the firm from Davis Polk where he practiced in the firm’s Hong Kong and New York offices. He graduated from Australian National University with Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law (with honors) degrees. He received a Graduate Diploma in Corporate, Securities and Finance Law from the University of Sydney School of Law and an LLM from Columbia University School of Law, where he was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar for outstanding academic achievement. 

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