Asia: About the authors

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Asia introductionKathleen Ng

Publisher and Editor


Ms Kathleen Ng joined the Asian private equity/venture capital industry in 1989. She is a Founder and Managing Director of Asia Pacific Communications (APC).

In 1993, APC launched the asia pacific Private Equity Bulletin (now known as ASIA PRIVATE EQUITY REVIEW), the first monthly publication that reports on direct investment activities in Asia in a newsletter format. Ms Ng is credited with creating both a regional and an international perspective on the Asian venture capital industry. APC presented the first Asian private equity conference outside of Asia - The 1994 Asia Pacific Private Equity Conference - in San Francisco in September 1994.

In 1995, Ms Ng instigated and lead the establishment of the INSTITUTE OF ASIAN PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTMENT, which is managed by APC. The INSTITUTE is privileged to be the first to have received sponsorship from the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) to conduct a training course in India in 1996 and in Seoul, Korea in 1999.

Ms Ng was the first Executive Director of the Hong Kong Venture Capital Association. She is widely regarded as an authoritative analyst of the Asian private equity investment industry.

Corporate Decision Making
Ian D Johnson

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Ian D Johnson is with the Hong Kong office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. Prior to joining Milbank, he spent 15 years practising law in Toronto with one of Canada's leading business law firms. He has a diverse practice in the corporate, commercial and securities areas, with particular emphasis on acquisitions and divestitures of all types and asset securitization and similar structured finance transactions. He has also had considerable experience with debt financings and outsourcings of various services.

Mr Johnson received his LLB from Osgood Hall Law School in Toronto. He also has an M.B.A. from York University in Toronto. He has been named as a repeatedly recommended securitization law practitioner in the Canadian LEXPERT Directory and in the Euromoney Legal Group's Guide to the World's Leading Securitization Lawyers. He is admitted in practice in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

Equity compensation
Jonathan Lemberg

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Mr Lemberg is a partner in Morrison & Foerster's Hong Kong office. Mr Lemberg specializes in corporate finance, including public and private securities offerings and venture capital financings, project finance and other financial and business transactions. In the private equity area, he represents both issuers and investors, particularly with respect to investments in Internet and high technology businesses. In the securities area, he has worked on a wide variety of offerings, including NASDAQ listings for Internet and other high tech companies such as and

Mr Lemberg was born in New York in 1959. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, receiving his BA degree with honours in 1982. Mr Lemberg attended the Stanford Center in Taiwan in 1980-81, and was an exchange student at Rikkyo University in Tokyo from 1982 to 1984. Mr Lemberg graduated from Columbia Law School in 1987, where he was a Stone Scholar, Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and the recipient of a certificate of achievement with honours from Transnational Law and the recipient of a certificate of achievement with honours from the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law. He speaks Japanese and Mandarin.

Kathleen Keeler Bryski

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Ms Bryski is an associate in the corporate finance department of Morrison & Foerster's Hong Kong office, after having practiced in one of the firm's northern California offices. Prior to attending law school, Ms Bryski worked as a certified public accountant with Deloitte & Touche in Detroit, Michigan. Her current practice focuses on equity compensation and benefits.

Ms Bryski received her JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley in 1995. She received her B.B.A. degree, cum laude, in accounting with a minor in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1986.

Asian exit issues
Tim Fletcher


Tim is a partner in the Corporate and Finance Group at Lovells in Hong Kong. Tim specializes in corporate finance matters and securities law. He acts on all issues relating to listing on the Hong Kong stock markets and to securities law for both listed companies, sponsors and financial intermediaries, involved in the Hong Kong market. He also has extensive experience advising on M&A transactions in the Asian region and internationally, including regulated public company takeovers in Hong Kong. His practice also focuses on private equity and venture capital transactions and has advised on funds, stock options employment issues and exit issues.

Tim has over eight years' experience in Hong Kong. His recent experience in Hong Kong and the Asia region includes:

  • Acting for venture capital providers including those specializing in infrastructure and those specializing in high-tech and internet start-ups in relation to their investments.
  • Advising both high-tech start-ups and spin-offs and their financial and industry investors on funding and on their partnering arrangements, and on a full range of legal and commercial issues such as employee stock option and incentive programmes, equipment manufacturing, sales, distribution and licensing agreements.
  • Advising on numerous listing matters on both the Main Board and on the Growth Enterprise Market and acting for companies with businesses in Greater China in connection with listing on Nasdaq.
  • Advising the four-bank underwriting syndicate on the $12 billion acquisition financing loan for Pacific Century CyberWorks Limited (PCCW) to finance its takeover of Cable & Wireless HKT Limited. Tim assisted in tailoring the financing for a leveraged acquisition under the Hong Kong Code and advised the lenders as to the corporate aspects of the takeover conducted by a scheme of arrangement.

He has served a global investment bank as Asian Regional Counsel during a period of secondment. Tim is a panel member of Asian Lawyer on M&A matters and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars and has spoken on the Growth Enterprise Market at the Hong Kong Telecom Association, Taiwan Computer and Engineering Association and the Hong Kong Society of Accountants Continuing Education.

Jackson Yip


Jackson is an associate in the Corporate and Finance Group at Lovells in Hong Kong. Jackson has been involved in advising on corporate finance matters and securities law. He has extensive experience of advising on corporate, commercial and M&A transactions in the region, including public company takeovers in Hong Kong. He acts on all issues relating to listing on the Hong Kong stock markets and to securities law for both listed companies, sponsors and financial intermediaries, involved in the Hong Kong market.

His experience includes advising investment funds on acquiring equity stakes in private businesses, acting for international corporations in making private equity investments in smaller companies, as well as advising on other aspects of venture capital investments such as conversion of securities upon an initial public offering, settlement and restructuring of terms of investments by institutional investors.

Registration rightsAndrew M Ostrognai

Debevoise & Plimpton

Andrew M Ostrognai is a partner of the New York law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, and is resident in the firm's Hong Kong office. Mr Ostrognai is the head of the firm's private equity practice in Asia. His practice focuses on private equity fund raising and investments in the Asia-Pacific region, for a wide variety of Asian, European and US sponsors and investors.

Mr Ostrognai received his BA in 1986 from Yale University and his JD in 1989 from the University of Chicago Law School. Mr Ostrognai served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Danny J Boggs, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, from 1989 to 1990.

Mr Ostrognai can be reached by telephone in Hong Kong at 852-2160-9852 and by e-mail at

A few Asian war stories
David Ellis

Johnson Stokes & Master

David Ellis joined Johnson Stokes & Master in 1990, after working for four years in London for Nabarro Nathanson. He became a partner of the firm's commercial department in 1995. Since 1999 David Ellis has headed up the Johnson Stokes & Master E-Business Group and now concentrates solely on commercial matters relating to the e-commerce, internet, information technology and telecoms industries. This involves advising start ups, raising private capital, mergers and acquisitions, drafting and negotiating commercial agreements. David Ellis also acts for several private equity funds active in the region including ones based in the UK, USA and Asia and as a result has considerable experience of private equity structures and transactions and has been directly involved in around a dozen such deals in 2000 alone.

Martin Robertson

Johnson Stokes & Master

Martin Robertson spent two years practising in the UK with Maclay Murray & Spens before joining Johnson Stokes & Master in 1995. He was made a partner of the firm's commercial department in April 2000. Martin Robertson has experience in a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, with a primary focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity projects in the Asia-Pacific region. Martin Robertson's experience in private equity includes, notably, acting for Li & Fung in relation to Li & Fung's 1999 acquisition of Singapore-listed Inchcape Marketing Services from Inchcape plc. This transaction was one of the largest private equity deals done in Asia to date. In this transaction Martin Robertson represented Li & Fung in the negotiation of the investment documentation with a consortium of overseas investors.

Neil Tomlin

Gilbert & Tobin

Neil Tomlin is a partner at Gilbert & Tobin, practising corporate advisory and commercial law. He specializes in venture capital transactions, technology funding, and intellectual property protection and commercialization. He acts for a number of leading venture capital funds and angel investor networks, as well as a range of companies seeking investment with particular focus in the technology, IT and e-commerce sectors. Neil also works closely with the Australian Venture Capital Association in seeking reform of regulatory issues affecting the venture capital sector in Australia.



Jonathan Zhou

Fangda Partners

Jonathan Zhou is a partner of Fangda Partners. He is based in Shanghai and frequently travels to Beijing and Shenzhen.

He is a specialist in capital market works, as well as private equity. He has extensive experience in domestic and international offerings, as well as in mergers and acquisitions involving both listed and unlisted companies. He also advises a number of prominent venture capital firms in their investments in China on a regular basis.

Mr Zhou speaks Mandarin and English. He is a founding member of Fangda Partners and has worked previously with a Hong Kong firm and a leading international firm.

Hong Kong
Chris Southorn

CMS Cameron McKenna

Chris Southorn joined CMS Cameron McKenna's Hong Kong office in 2000 from the London office where he was a partner in the corporate department. He has been involved in private equity transactions since joining CMS Cameron McKenna in 1990, acting for investors in relation to fund raising and fund management, and for venture capitalists and investee companies in all phases of the investment cycle, from start-up and early-round financing, through development capital and pre-IPO funding, institutional and management buyouts, buy-ins and syndications, to listings and disposals.

Janine Canham

CMS Cameron McKenna

Janine Canham joined CMS Cameron McKenna's corporate/ commercial department in 1999 as a partner, having qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1989 and moved to Hong Kong in 1991 where she has worked ever since. Janine advises clients on all aspects of corporate and commercial law and is experienced in advising on private equity, internet and e-commerce. She advises start-ups, investors, fund managers and venture capitalists on all aspects from setting up dotcoms or acquiring and disposing of cyber businesses, to the regulation of the technology and industry sector. Janine has presented numerous lectures on the subject of internet and e-commerce, due diligence, corporate acquisitions and compliance. She has also written articles for various legal publications.

Siddharth Shah

Nishith Desai Associates

Siddharth Shah is a senior associate at Nishith Desai Associates ( He is a core member of the fund practice group at the firm. He advises clients on corporate and tax issues relating to setting up of private equity funds, offshore investment funds and mutual funds. He also heads the mergers and acquisitions group of the firm and works on corporate and securities law, regulatory law, international public offerings, foreign direct investment and exchange control.

He has authored various articles including "Foreign Investment into India – in comparison to China", OFC Asia Pacific Journal, December 1996, Campden Publications, London Practice, "ADR Offerings by Indian Companies" "Acquiring Companies in the US" for The Economic Times, India.

Bruce W Maclennan

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Bruce MacLennan is an associate in the firm's Tokyo office and member of the corporate finance practice group. His practice focuses on the representation of high-technology companies in acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and internet-based companies and venture capital firms in venture-style transactions. MacLennan also has experience in working with Japanese attorneys on a broad range of inbound international transactional work including strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, distributorships and related corporate, labour, regulatory and immigration issues.

MacLennan is admitted to the bar in Illinois and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is proficient in Japanese and Spanish, and has fundamental reading ability in Mandarin.


Morrison & Foerster LLP

Charles Comey, a partner in the firm's Tokyo office, advises Asia-based clients on a wide variety of corporate finance, technology and energy matters.

Comey received his BA degree cum laude from Yale University in 1984, his MA degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987, and his JD degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1991, where he was Chief Articles Editor of the UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal. Comey studied Mandarin intensively at the Stanford University's Inter-University Program in Taipei in 1987-88. From October 1994 until July 1995, he was seconded by Morrison & Foerster to the legal department of a major Japanese trading company. Prior to practicing in Tokyo, Comey worked in Silicon Valley at Morrison & Foerster's Palo Alto office, when he regularly represented issuers and underwriters in both initial and follow-on public offerings.

Comey is admitted to practice in California and is a member of the California and American bar associations. Comey has also worked in China and Taiwan.

Douglas Perkins

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Mr Perkins is an associate in the firm's Business Department. Mr Perkins is engaged principally in transactional matters with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, strategic business ventures, and private offerings of debt and equity securities. Mr. Perkins received his BA degree in Political Science from UCLA in 1995, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and his JD degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1999. Mr Perkins is a member of the California bar.


Young Cheol Jeong

Woo Yun Kang Jeong & Han

Education: Seoul National University, LL.B. (1978); Seoul National University, Graduate School of Law, LL.M. (1982); Judicial Training and Research Institute, the Supreme Court of Korea (1983); Columbia Law School, LL.M. (1984); Columbia Law School, J.D. (1986)

Admitted: Republic of Korea (1983); Illinois (1986); District of Columbia (1992)

Member: Korean Bar Association; American Bar Association; Illinois Bar Association; District of Columbia Bar Association; American Society of International Law; International Trade Law Association; Korea Private International Law Association; Korea Commercial Law Association; Korea Securities Law Association

Legal Experience: Assistant Director, Ministry of Government Administration (1981); Associate, Baker & McKenzie, Chicago (1986-89); Yoon & Partners (1989-97); Partner, Woo, Yun, Kang, Jeong & Han (1997-Present)

Teaching Experience: Lecturer, Judicial Training and Research Institute (1996-Present); Lecturer, Graduate School of International Studies, Chung-Ang University(1998/1999)

Languages: Korean and English, French (read only), and German (read only)

Publications: "Appraisal Rights in U.S. Corporate Law", Seoul National University Law School LL.M. Thesis, 1982; "An Introductions to Joint Ventures in Korea" Commerce 1988; "Technology Licensing: Revised Review Process and New Tax Consequences," East Asian Executive Reports, August 1988; "Plant Construction and Sales in South Korea: New Tax Guidelines Issued", East Asian Executive Reports, February 1989; "Korea's Transfer Pricing Rules: A Comprehensive Analysis", East Asian Executive Reports, May 1990 (co-author); "Protection of Software Licensing in Korea", The Computer Lawyer, July 1991 (co-author); "Franchising in Korea Booming", Asia Law & Practice, October 1992 (co-author); "Korea Customs Duty Valuation; Production Supports and License of Technology," International Business Lawyer, January 1992; "Agency and Distributorship Laws in Korea", The Korean Journal of Comparative Law, 1995; "Legal Opinions and International Transactions," Human Rights and Justice, June 1998; "Remedies for International Sellers of Goods," Kluwer Law International(1999)

Primary Practice Areas: Corporate (Mergers & Acquisitions and Telecommunications); International Trade & Investment; Antitrust & Fair Trade; Taxation

New Zealand
Andrew Lewis

Simpson Grierson

Andrew Lewis is a partner in Simpson Grierson's corporate and international groups. He heads the firm's venture capital group.

His practice has an international and transactional focus. Typically he handles acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and investment arrangements, and other arrangements between commercial parties, a large proportion of which have a cross-border flavour. Recently he has acted for a number of emerging businesses seeking investment capital.

His international commercial law expertise is supported by specialist knowledge from his Master of Commercial Laws degree (First Class Honours) for which he majored in international law and finance subjects. He is closely involved with a number of international legal and commercial associations.

Shelley Cave

Simpson Grierson

Shelley Cave is a partner in Simpson Grierson's corporate and banking groups and is one of the principal corporate advisors in Simpson Grierson's venture capital group.

She has a wide ranging practice, which includes advising on mergers and acquisitions,

structured finance transactions, business structuring, venture capital and general commercial transactions.

She has spoken at venture capital related conferences in New Zealand, and is advising a number of entities in the start-up or venture capital phase of their enterprises.

Chin Sing Ping

Orrick HelenYeo

Chin Sing Ping is an associate in Orrick's Corporate and Technology Practice Group. He handles representation of emerging growth companies and venture funds in venture capital financing and has recently completed a three-month secondment to Orrick's Silicon Valley office.

Prior to joining Orrick, Mr Chin was an associate in Donaldson & Burkinshaw, Singapore's oldest law firm, where he handled representation of multi-national corporations in corporate and commercial transactions in Singapore and other South East Asian countries, including joint ventures, distributorships, licensing and employment matters.

Mr Chin is qualified (but not presently admitted) as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and solicitor in England and Wales. He graduated in 1996 with an LLB (Second Class, Upper Division) from the National University of Singapore and was placed on the Dean's List in 1995 and 1996.

Valerie Ong

Orrick HelenYeo

Valerie Ong is a Partner in the Financial Services Practice of Orrick HelenYeo. Her portfolio covers corporate and corporate finance, including stock exchange listings and initial public offerings, placements, employee share option schemes, stock exchange disclosure and compliance advisory as well as advising on various aspects of the securities industry. Her corporate work includes investment funds, funding for start-ups from the equity market through angel investors and venture capitalists, corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions generally.

Ms Ong graduated with a Second Class LLB Honours (Upper Division) from the National University of Singapore in 1987 and obtained her Masters of Laws (Distinction) in Commercial and Corporate Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London in 1991. Ms Ong is qualified as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and is also a qualified Solicitor in England and Wales.

She has been in practice since 1988, the initial four years in Allen & Gledhill and over five years at Khattar Wong & Partners, during which time she covered a wide expanse of general litigation and corporate work, with particular emphasis on work in derivatives and capital markets such as bond and note issues, takeovers, dual listing, rights and warrants issues, transferable loan facilities (secured and unsecured) and corporate work including domestic and offshore joint ventures, corporate reconstructions and sale and purchase of shares and businesses.

Nicholas V Chen

Squire Sanders & Dempsey

Nicholas V Chen is resident partner of Squire Sanders in Taipei; graduated from Yale College and NYU Law School and is admitted in the District of Columbia; chairs the firm's Greater China Practice Group and specializes in cross-border transactions and high-tech, telecom, new economy, venture deals in the Greater China region.

Michael D Lee

Squire Sanders & Dempsey

Michael D Lee is resident associate of Squire Sanders in Taipei; graduated from University of California, Irvine, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and is admitted in California; specializes in cross border venture capital investments in Silicon Valley and the Greater China region.