Ashurst Expands Corporate Practice with Hong Kong Partner Hire

International law firm Ashurst is bolstering its international equity capital markets/US securities and M&A practices with the appointment of Melody He-Chen as a partner in Hong Kong.

Melody joins from DLA Piper and has significant experience advising investment banks and corporations on capital markets and corporate matters in Asia and the United States. She focuses on securities offerings, advising international conglomerates and state-owned enterprises on global offerings and listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, SEC registered offerings, secondary offerings, rights issues and share placings. She also has extensive experience in bond offerings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, financing and compliance matters. Melody is a native Mandarin speaker qualified in both the US and Hong Kong.

Asia head of corporate transactions Mark Stanbridge says, “Our corporate team has had a successful year advising on many prominent transactions in the region. Melody has a leading reputation in the market and strong relationships with banks and corporations in the region. We are delighted to welcome her on board to further broaden and deepen our capabilities and develop our brand especially in the North Asian markets.

Patrick Phua, regional head of Asia, adds, “Melody’s appointment is a demonstration of our growth in the region and our commitment to continue the investment in Asia. She is a senior practitioner who has extensive experience in capital markets and corporate transactions. I am confident she will play a very valuable role extending our offering and will provide top-rated service to our clients.”

Melody comments, “Ashurst has an excellent platform and great ambitions for its Greater China practice. I am excited to be joining Ashurst to continue to drive its growth and deliver exceptional results to our clients.

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