IFLR Asia M&A Forum 2018

February 28 - March 1, Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong



Speakers at the IFLR Asia M&A Forum included:

Alexander Shaik

Alexander Shaik
partner and general counsel
ADM Capital  har

Alexander Shaik is a Partner, General Counsel and observer to the Investment Advisory Committee. Alexander joined ADM Capital in 2005. Alexander has over 20 years of legal and commercial experience working on corporate and structured finance transactions. Alexander has been involved in innovative capital markets transactions in most Asian and European jurisdictions. Before joining ADM Capital, Alexander was employed in the Hong Kong office of the US law firm, Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, and he has also worked with the Tokyo office of Allen & Overy. Alexander brings valuable structuring, regulatory and legal experience to the ADM Capital team. He received a BA (Hon.) in Law from The University of Melbourne and is admitted to practise in England and Australia.

Andrew Ning

head of legal
CCB International

Andrew Ning has been Head of Legal of CCB International since 2009. Prior to joining CCBI, he worked for more than fifteen years in private practice in the areas of corporate finance, M&A and foreign direct investment. He also worked in a capacity of legal and corporate management with an international insurance company.

At CCBI, he is responsible for overall legal affairs of the group, providing legal support in the areas of private equity, investment funds, corporate finance and brokerage to CCBI and its subsidiaries in Hong Kong, mainland China, Singapore, the US and the UK.

Andrew is a member of CCBI’s Management Committee, Investment Committee, Commitment Committee and Third Party Product Committee.

David Ngai

deputy APAC head of compliance
State Street

Dominic Gynell

general counsel

Dominic is the General Counsel at Speedcast, an Australian-listed global satellite communications provider, and is responsible for all legal, governance, compliance and regulatory work globally. Prior to Speedcast, Dominic was with BT for 14 years, most recently serving as their General Counsel for Asia, Middle East and Africa. Dominic originally joined BT in London where he was the head of BT’s Major Transactions team, focusing on large scale, complex commercial and corporate transactions around the globe.

Dominic was born in Canberra and studied at the ANU before working in Sydney at Minter Ellison, an Australian law firm. He has lived in Hong Kong for 5 years and is married with two boys.

Emmanuel Breiter

AAIC Ventures

Flora Wang

vice president

Flora Wang, CFA, Vice President, is part of the Investment Stewardship team for the Asia Pacific Region and is based in Hong Kong.

She is responsible for BlackRock’s proxy voting activities in the Greater China region. She manages BlackRock’s corporate engagement activities in the region, engaging with companies on governance, social, and environmental issues and leads the efforts to the development of BlackRock’s corporate governance policies. She joined BlackRock as an Associate in April 2014. Previously she was the head of China and Taiwan Research at ISS Governance in Singapore for over four years.

She holds a B.A Finance from Tsinghua University in Beijing and MSc Finance from Singapore Management University. Her post-graduate study focused on corporate governance.

Geoffrey Lee

senior M&A underwriter, Asia Pacific
Ironshore International 

Geoffrey is a senior associate M&A underwriter at Ironshore specializing in underwriting transaction risks relating to mergers and acquisitions throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Geoffrey has worked full-time at Ironshore since March 2014, following a four-month secondment in mid-2013.

Geoffrey’s prior experience includes more than five year’s legal experience at international law firm DLA Piper.
He has been involved in a broad range of corporate and commercial advisory work with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions. Geoffrey also worked in London with DLA Piper UK LLP in 2012. Geoffrey holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Sydney University and is currently completing a Masters of Law at Sydney University. Geoffrey also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), University of Sydney.


Henry Lee

managing partner
Hendale Capital

Henry Lee has close to 30 years’ experience as an investor, fund manager, corporate financier, and fund allocator in global and Asian markets.  His extensive experience encompasses private and public investments, hedge funds, private equity and venture funds, managing asset management companies and family office operations.

In 1996, Mr. Lee founded Hendale Asia, one of the first Asian-based multi-strategy alternative funds, after being a Principal at the Bass family office in Texas for 6 years.  Hendale now specializes in direct private investments in globally.  More recently, Mr. Lee was the CIO of Nan Fung – a large private real estate and investment conglomerate, where he managed a large diversified investment portfolio in excess of several billion USD.  Prior to that, between 2003 and 2008, he managed large portfolios for the Asia operation of Sandell, a large global hedge fund and was an Executive Director of UBS Global Asset Management responsible for hedge fund allocations globally based in Hong Kong.  He started his career as an investment banker at CS First Boston in New York and London in 1987.

His community work and directorships include being an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Bank of Xian, the leading local bank in Xian city, and a 2nd term member of the Xian China Peoples’ Political Consultative Committee (CPPCC).  He is active in community and alumni affairs and holds various directorships and posts in organizations such as the HK Cancer Fund and the Mongolian Chamber and Mongolia Club (HK).

He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese and English.  Born and raised in Asia, America and Africa, Mr. Lee is a citizen of Hong Kong and Switzerland.

Hong Qiu

managing director and COO, Greater China

Hong Qiu is Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Lazard Greater China. Ms. Qiu has over 20 years of experience in investment banking and private equity investment in Asia and USA.
Ms. Qiu has advised on numerous cross-border M&A transactions involving Chinese companies, particularly in the power, energy and infrastructure sector. She is well-versed in China’s outbound M&A regulatory landscape, having close relationships with central and provincial SOEs and financing banks. She also represents international companies in their acquisition, strategic cooperation and divestment vis-à-vis Chinese parties.
Prior to joining Lazard, Ms. Qiu was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. Prior to that she worked at Citi as a Director. She also served as Senior Investment Officer at EMP Global managing the AIG Asian Infrastructure Fund.
Ms. Qiu is a CFA Charter holder, a member of Thunderbird Finance Advisory Committee. Ms. Qiu received a Master of Business Administration degree with Honors from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management.

Hugo Ngaw

Hugo Ngaw
group legal counsel
Convoy Global Holdings

Hugo Ngaw is Group Legal Counsel of Convoy Global Holdings Limited (HK stock code: 1019).  Hugo did bachelor and master degrees in laws in City University of Hong Kong and People’s University of China.  He worked in HK and USA law firms and was legal counsel in another HK-listed financial group and a HK-listed movie company.  He was company secretary of a HK-listed telecommunication components manufacturing company.

Judith Crosbie-Chen

associate general counsel, Asia Pacific

Judith was appointed as Elekta’s lead lawyer in Asia in early 2016 and in this role she has been supporting the PRC based software and
hardware researchers as well as sales team members based in mature and new entry markets throughout the AP and ANZ regions.

Prior to joining Elekta, Judith spent almost eight years as Logitech Inc’s AP General Counsel and supported the growth of its business
in Asia from the perspective of sales operations as well as in-house , OEM and ODM product manufacturing operations.  

Judith’s in-house career also includes leadership positions with McDonald’s Inc as well as Gap Inc.

Judith holds a MA in Law from Oxford University as well as a Diploma in Chinese Studies from the Foreign Affairs University of Beijing.
She spent ten hears in private practice with firms based in London, Monaco, Beijing and Hong Kong prior to moving in-house.

Kapil Kirpalani

chief compliance officer, Asia Pacific

Kapil Kirpalani joined KKR in 2017 as Chief Compliance Officer for the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining KKR, he was at HarbourVest Partners, where he was responsible for the firm’s legal and compliance program across Asia. Earlier, he was with Ortus Capital Management and Pacific Harbor Capital (a Citigroup affiliate) where he covered a broad range of businesses including currency trading and special situations, debt & equity investments. He holds an LL.B.(with honors), an LL.M. and has completed further business studies at the University of Cambridge.

Knut Fournier

general counsel, GoBee.Bike and lecturer
Shue Yan University 

Knut Fournier started his career as a judicial clerk and then as a monitoring trustee, monitoring commitments in merger cases for the European Commission
and for MOFCOM. He is a lecturer at Shue Yan University, and the General Counsel of Gobee.bike, a HK-based bike sharing company. Fournier published extensively on APAC competition and consumer law issues, including recently on consumer protection in the sharing economy.
He chairs the Hong Kong Competition Association.

Lapman Lee

HK Fintech Association  

Lapman Lee is a Co-Chair at the FinTech Association of Hong Kong, and co-authored a paper on Hong Kong’s position as a FinTech hub for the European Commission in his role as a Financial Services Business Council member at the European Chamber of Commerce.

He advises banks and insurers on regulatory compliance related to conduct and prudential risks in his role as a Managing Director for Regulatory Consulting at a leading professional services firm.

Lapman is in an ongoing dialogue on FinTech, InsurTech, and RegTech with regulators such as the UK FCA and in HK with the HKMA, SFC, MPFA, and the Insurance Authority where he is a member of the Future Task Force of the Insurance Industry.

In addition, he is an honorary fellow of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL) of the University of Hong Kong where he regularly speaks on FinTech.

Mark Mezey

principal legal counsel
International Finance Corporation 

Senior Counsel with IFC, the largest provider of multilateral financing for the private sector in the developing world.
Primary lawyer responsibility for new, portfolio, and special operations projects and clients in Asia, as well as general legal advice and support to investment and advisory colleagues located in the region. Special expertise in fund formation work, structured finance, direct equity investments, corporate lending and financial markets projects.

Mark Stevens

director and senior counsel, Asia
Deutsche Bank

Dr. Martin Rock

head of corporate advisory Asia
Commerzbank Coporate Finance

Martin is Head of Corporate Advisory Asia at Commerzbank Corporate Finance based in Hong Kong.  He is currently responsible for cross border M&A activities with a focus on Asian outbound acquisitions to the EU, in particular on the industrials and chemical sectors.

Prior to joining Commerzbank, he worked for Dresdner Kleinwort in M&A London and for Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) in Corporate Finance/M&A in the Netherlands.  He previously worked for JP Morgan Chase in Investment Banking and with Nexant, a management consultancy.

Martin holds a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge.

Michael Sun

GF Securities

Michael Sun is a Director of the M&A team at GF Securities, one of the largest Chinese investment banks.  Michael has advised various types of Chinese companies on their outbound M&A transactions in Europe, Asia Pacific and the US. 

Michael is a US Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Phillip Meyer

general counsel, chief compliance officer and chief operating officer

Phillip Meyer serves as the General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Chief Operating Officer to Oasis,
a private investment management firm established in 2002 and headquartered in Hong Kong since 2004. Phillip joined Oasis in 2007, and is responsible for managing the full spectrum of the firm's legal, regulatory, and operations management. He received a B.A.
in English from The University of Texas at Austin, graduating with high honors, and he received a J.D. from Cornell Law School,  where he was Note Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal. Phillip is a member of the New York State Bar, an Associate Member of the Hong Kong Law Society, as well as a member of the Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the American Bar Association. Phillip sits on the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)
Hong Kong Regulatory and Managers Committees, and also serves on the conference planning committee for the Karen Leung Foundation Ltd., whose mission is to raise awareness and promote prevention, early detection and optimal treatment of gynecological cancers.

Pius Chong

managing director, head of transaction management, global banking Asia Pacific

Pius Chong is a Managing Director and Head of Transaction Management, Global Markets for Asia-Pacific. He has responsibility for managing the execution of the full range of international and domestic debt financings arranged by HSBC in the Asia-Pacific region.

Chong is a qualified solicitor in the UK and Hong Kong. He has been involved in the execution of some of the region’s most high profile, groundbreaking and award winning transactions for sovereigns, quasi sovereigns, multilateral institutions, financial institutions and corporates. Under his leadership, the team was named Team of the Year for Debt and Equity Linked by IFLR for two consecutive years, 2011 and 2012.

Chong received the outstanding achievement award for 2011 from IFLR. Pius is the co-chairman of the credit markets committee of the Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) and coconvenor of the Asia-Pacific Structured Finance Association (APSA). He also chairs the documentation committee of the Asia Pacific Loan Markets Association (APLMA). Pius is involved in the development of debt capital markets and product innovation, and in this respect, he is the convenor of the working group on the development of Islamic Finance in Hong Kong for the Treasury Market Association (TMA).

He has also served as the chairman of the debt capital markets committee of the Singapore Investment Banking Association (SIBA).

Richard Winter

Oceanwide Financial

Rowena Lee

assistant vice president

Rowena Lee is part of the Transactional Risk Practice of Marsh’s Private Equity and M&A (PEMA) Team, which develops tailor-made solutions for Marsh's private equity and corporate clients across the Asia region.

Specializing in representation and warranty (R&W) insurance, Rowena leads negotiations of R&W policies and assists clients in securing favourable terms and policies for M&A transactions. She is also the key liaison person with the insurance markets and maintains relationships to provide clients with access to the best providers.  

Rowena works closely with the rest of the PEMA Team across the Asia region, to support the local resources with her specialist technical R&W insurance expertise.

Rowena joined Marsh from Baker & McKenzie, and has practiced in their Malaysian and Hong Kong offices as a Senior Associate. She specialized in international and regional cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, public company take-overs and acquisitions, initial public offerings, joint ventures and strategic alliances; acting for private equity clients as well as public and private companies. Her experience spanned all aspects of documentation, negotiation, due diligence and regulatory compliance.

Sandra Marco Colino

assistant professor

Sandra Marco Colino specializes in competition law, tort, EU law, contract law, commercial law, communications law, the regulation of gambling and gender issues. She joined the Faculty in 2010 and is a Director of the Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development (CFRED) and the Deputy Director of the European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong (EUAP). Prior to moving to Hong Kong, she was a Lecturer in EU and Competition Law at the University of Glasgow (UK). She holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) and an LLM in EU Law from the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (Spain). She obtained her first degree in law at the Universidad San Pablo CEU (Spain).

Sandrine Virginie Hilaire

data protection senior consultant

Shaun Ansell

head of international legal and compliance
GPB Financial Services 

Shaun Ansell is currently Head of Legal and Compliance Asia Pacific for GPB Financial Services Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of Gazprombank based in Hong Kong since June 2016. Before this, he was Managing Director and the Designated Compliance Officer (DCO) for the Asia Pacific region for Moodys. His geographic responsibility included Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Singapore, PRC, South Korea and India and he was based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Moody's, Ansell was the Managing Director and Head of Legal and Compliance for Mizuho Securities Asia for five years. Shaun spent his years with Mizuho working out of their Hong Kong location.

From 2000 to 2006, Ansell was Special Counsel Enforcement at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Shaun then moved back to the private sector and spent three years with Nomura/Lehman Brothers Australia as their Executive Director and Head of Legal and Compliance in Sydney. He was a member of Nomura's Executive Committee and supervised a staff that had responsibility for operations, market risk, finance and product control, legal and compliance and marketing and company secretarial.

Sophia Chan-Yap PK

chief investment officer
Trackmore Ventures 

Sophia PK Yap has 20+ years of experience gained from Real Estate (as lender, legal advisor, manager, investor and service professional), Healthcare and High-Value Brand industries. Sophia is currrently the chief investment office for Trackmore Ventures.

In her previouse role as CBRE Group’s Global Deputy Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, PK was responsible for CBRE’s Global Anti-Corruption Program. PK served on the Asia Pacific Strategic Group where she worked directly with the APAC CEO, Executive Chairman and other regional CEOs and business leaders to provide risk management advice on the implementation of strategic tactical business plans and objectives as well as best practices and process improvements for the company. As Co-Chairman & Founder of the CBRE Women’s Network in Hong Kong, PK helped to promote diversity and talent development. Before this in her prior role as Asia Pacific General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at CBRE, PK established the legal and compliance team in Asia Pacific which was rated in the Financial Times as a "Standout" in the FT Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2014 Awards.

Prior to joining CBRE, PK served as General Counsel and in business role as Senior Vice-President of a private equity fund; and held various roles at General Electric as APAC Senior Counsel - Compliance & Litigation, APAC Counsel - GE Medical Systems Information Technologies and APAC Technology Counsel at GE Healthcare. At GE, PK served in leadership roles as Chairman of GE Women’s Network and Chairman of GE Volunteers covering North Asia. PK was a Commercial & Intellectual Property Counsel with Baker & McKenzie in Hong Kong and she also previously worked as a banker at Adelaide Bank and the ANZ Banking Group in Australia. P.K. is Green Belt certified in Six Sigma.

Tanguy Lesselin

co-founder and ceo

Mr. Tanguy Lesselin is the Chief Executive Officer at Finquest. Mr. Lesselin was a former consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and advised on M&A post-merger integration
and JV projects in the pharma and aerospace industries. Prior to that, he was with CDI (now Mercer), advising Fortune 500 companies on organic and acquisition-based growth
strategies. He has built Finquest to become the leading Big Data company for M&A in the mid-market space, helping global Private Equity, Investment Banks, M&A advisors, MNC
clients identify and source new M&A opportunities. Mr. Lesselin has recently been featured on CNBC, and is a frequent keynote speaker on Fintech. He graduated from HEC Paris with a Master of Science degree in Finance.

Terence Montgomery

head of Asia
Risk Capital Advisors

Theron Alldis

sourcing, Asia 
SC Lowy 

Vanina de Verneuil

Vanina de Verneuil
global general counsel, RCOM Enterprise & Global Cloud Xchange
Reliance Communications

Vanina de Verneuil is the Global General Counsel of Reliance Communication Enterprise and Global Cloud Xchange.  Reliance Communication is one of India's top telecommunication companies and Global Cloud Xchange is Reliance's international telecom/IT arm.   She is the head of legal and is responsible for global corporate and legal affairs and manages a team of 10 attorneys based in India, Europe and the United States.   She has over 10 years of experience representing corporate and financial institutions on a variety of capital markets and M&A transactions. She has led award-winning transactions in the government sector as well as for social media and OTT organizations. She has broad-based legal experience in transactions in the Americas, Europe and Asia and is also fluent and has worked in Spanish, French, English, Mandarin and Portuguese.

Prior to her role as General Counsel, she was a senior corporate lawyer at Shearman & Sterling LLP in Paris, Hong Kong and Beijing and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York.

She received her J.D. from NYU Law, her B.A. from Duke University and completed Wharton Business School’s Executive Education in Strategy and General Management.  She also obtained a diploma in European Legal Studies from the University of Paris X in Paris, France.

Weimin Chen

managing director
Houlihan Lokey

Will Gibson

m&a underwriter

Will Gibson is a regional underwriter for AIG’s Asia Pacific Mergers & Acquisitions team, based in Hong Kong. He joined AIG in August 2017 to work on underwriting W&I insurance policies on deals across the region including Japan, Korea and China, as well as SE Asia and Australia. He originally trained and practised as corporate lawyer at the major international law firm, Norton Rose (now Norton Rose Fulbright LLP). In 2006 Will then joined the UK Government to work on major corporate transactions, first as a legal advisor and then at the Shareholder Executive (now UK Government Investments), the UK Government’s shareholder function and specialist M&A and corporate finance advisors. Over eight years, he advised Government Ministers from all of the three major UK political parties across a range of major corporate transactions. He relocated to Hong Kong in 2014 where he worked as an independent strategic, corporate finance and M&A advisor to a range of businesses, immediately prior to joining AIG. He studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at St. Peter’s College of the University of Oxford, before completing his Common Professional Examination and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London.

William Chou

legal counsel
ZZ Capital 

William Chou has worked for nearly 12 years as a lawyer in New York and Hong Kong, specializing in mergers & acquisitions and private equity fund formation.  He holds a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University, where he graduated cum laude and Order of the Coif.  He also has a BA in Economics from University of Chicago, where he graduated cum laude.

William Wong

Des Voeux Chambers

Ying Liu

executive director
JP Morgan 

Ying Liu is an Executive Director and the Sales Head of APAC Escrow Services at J.P. Morgan. She is responsible for escrow sales and new business development in the region.

Prior to her current role, Ying was an Executive Director in J.P. Morgan's Greater China team with a focus on M&A execution.
Previously, Ying was a Managing Director at CSIP Group, a joint venture between CITIC Securities in China and Evercore Partners in the US, focusing on China-related cross-border
M&A execution. Prior to that, Ying was with UBS Investment Bank, where her last role was China M&A origination and execution. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Ying had seven years of Wall Street experience, including UBS Investment Bank and Salomon Brothers in New York.

Ying graduated from Wellesley College, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a BA in biochemistry and economics, and from Harvard Business School with an MBA.

Yong Kai Wong

managing director and head of legal and compliance 
CITIC Capital

Zhao Min

legal director
China-Eurasian Economic Cooperation Fund

ZHAO Min has more than 10 years legal experience, as a lawyer and in-house counsel of PE firms, specializing in mergers & acquisitions and private equity investment.  He is now the legal director for China-Eurasian Economic Cooperation Fund (CEF), an investment fund sponsored by the Export-Import Bank of China and Bank of China for the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative, focusing investments into the Eurasian countries to promote mutual development and deepen regional economic cooperation

Mr. Zhao holds a LLB degree from the Peking University Law School.

Dr. Oliver Massmann

partner and general director
Duane Morris (Vietnam) 

Dr. Oliver Massmann is co-General Director of Duane Morris Vietnam LLC and has 20 years of experience working as a commercial lawyer in Vietnam. Dr. Oliver Massmann is an International Attorney at Law and a Financial Accountant and Auditor. Dr. Oliver Massmann received his PhD with a Major in International Business Law from the European Global School in Paris.

Dr. Massmann practices in the area of corporate international taxation and on power/water projects, matters related to oil and gas companies and telecoms, privatization and equitization, mergers and acquisitions, and general commercial matters for multinational clients in relation to investment and doing business in Vietnam.

Dr. Massmann is the only foreign lawyer as Member to the Supervisory Board of PetroVietnam Insurance Corporation, Vietnam's largest industrial insurer.

Dr. Massmann is currently working on several investment projects as well as taxation matters and advising the Ministry of Electrical Power on building the power generation infrastructure in Myanmar.

The National Assembly of Vietnam invited Dr. Oliver Massmann to present on the Impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on Vietnam, June 2016. Dr. Oliver Massmann is the first foreigner ever to present in Vietnamese language to Members of the National Assembly of Vietnam.

Alexandra Bidlake


Based in Hong Kong since 2004, Alex has extensive experience advising corporates, financial sponsors and financial institutions on a range of public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures, private equity deals, primary and secondary equity issues (including IPOs, rights issues and placings) as well as counselling on general corporate and regulatory advisory matters. She has particular knowledge of the Hong Kong takeover regulatory regime.

Alex has specialist knowledge of the fintech and infrastructure sectors.  She also led the Linklaters team that published a report, in collaboration with the 30% Club Hong Kong, looking at nomination and diversity on Hong Kong boards.

Clara Ingen-Housz


Robert Cleaver


David Dai

McDermott Will & Emery 

Junda (David) Dai represents a variety of European and US clients in their direct investments in China, including green-field investments, cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), venture capital and private equity investments, and strategic alliances. Leveraging more than 15 years of post-qualification experience, he advises clients, including many Fortune 500 companies, in a wide range of industries and areas, from manufacturing, infrastructure, telecommunications, media and technology (TMT), chemicals and energy, to health care, life science and agriculture. David is co-head of the Corporate Advisory Group.

David has a special interest in the complicated compliance matters that surround business activity of multinationals in China and the resolution of international commercial disputes. He has a track record of proposing, negotiating and achieving solutions in a variety of matters related to foreign exchange, state-owned assets, environmental protection and commercial bribery.

David is a frequently published author on topics of Chinese law and practice in the areas of M&A, corporate and dispute resolutions.

Joanna Lin

McDermott Will & Emery 

Joanna Jung-Erh Lin focuses her practice on corporate, securities and transactional matters. Along with many types of transactions, she handles domestic and cross-border venture financing, mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies, and complex transition services agreements. She also has experience with capital markets transactions, having represented US and international issuers, investment banks and investors in a wide range of securities offerings, including initial public offerings (IPOs), follow-on offerings and private placements of equity securities. Joanna also regularly counsels clients on matters ranging from corporate governance to US Securities and Exchange Commission periodic reporting requirements and other general corporate matters.

Joanna also represents clients in technology transactions, commercial contract and outsourcing transactions, including services agreements, manufacturing and distribution agreements, technology licensing, cloud-computing transactions and strategic alliances.

Joanna represents clients from a broad array of industries, including companies in the technology and life sciences sectors. She provides pro bono services for various nonprofit organizations, including representing children in need of immigration-related legal counsel.

Wilson Chu

conference chair, IPBA and partner
McDermott Will & Emery 

Wilson Chu focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures and other strategic transactions, as well as related corporate governance, for clients ranging from Fortune 500 serial acquirers to private equity funds and high-growth, high-profile technology companies in the United States and abroad. While he has experience in a wide range of industries, his practice is heavily weighted in the technology and health care sectors, with an emphasis on the converging fields of healthtech and fintech.

His representative clients include the following:

  • AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE: ABC
  • Renren, Inc. (NYSE: RENN)
  • Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR)
  • Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX)
  • 7-Eleven, Inc.

As the creator of the American Bar Association's (ABA) influential M&A Deal Points Studies, Wilson is widely recognized for his thought leadership that continues to shape M&A practice globally. He was a founding co-chair of the ABA'S M&A Market Trends Subcommittee, which publishes the Deal Points Studies.

Wilson is founding co-chair of the University of Texas Mergers & Acquisitions Institute, the country's leading private company M&A conference, the founding chair of the International Finance Law Review/Inter-Pacific Bar Association's Asia M&A Forum in Hong Kong, Asia's leading M&A law conference, and founding chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Section of the Dallas Bar Association.

His leadership also extends to diversity in the legal profession, with a number of transformative "firsts," including co-founding the Texas Minority Counsel Program, founding the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Partners Committee, and co-founding the Best Lawyers Under 40 award of the NAPABA.

Wilson teaches M&A as an adjunct professor of law at Southern Methodist University School of Law. Wilson also is a member of (and has served in various leadership roles at) the New York-based Committee of 100.

Jingyi Li Blank


Jingyi Li Blank is a Director in the Hong Kong office, and specializes in due-diligence background checking and investigative support in large-scale disputes. She has conducted investigations for multinational companies, law firms, financial institutions, regulatory bodies, and high net worth individuals, and advises on reputational, financial, political, regulatory and fraud matters. She has published in the American Bar Association Deal Points journal about her work in cross-border M&A.

Prior to joining Mintz Group, she was a leveraged and structured debt banker in New York and Hong Kong with Deutsche Bank and HSBC. She is experienced with transactions which require significant due diligence and credit & risk analysis.

Agustin Montilla

senior partner

Agustin R. Montilla, IV (Senior Partner), is a member of the Executive Board and a member of the Securities department. His practice focuses on securities, and corporate law.
Agustin helps solve problems for domestic and foreign clients and corporations. His experience is built on international securities offerings, restructuring, takeovers, take-privates, and cross-border acquisitions. He also serves as an advisor to various charitable and non-profit organizations devoted to education and the care of those affected by cancer.
Agustin was involved in the groundbreaking Pilipino Telephone Corporation debt restructuring, which remains to be the largest in the Philippines to have ever been successfully concluded on a consensual basis. He has represented the then NASDAQ-listed eTelecare Global Solutions, Inc. in an unprecedented auction requiring concurrent tender offers in the Philippines and the United States which necessitated compliance with incongruent laws and regulations.
Agustin has been named as a leading lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific, AsiaLaw Profiles, and Asia Pacific Legal 500.
Agustin received his bachelor’s degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1991 and his juris doctor degree from the same university in 1995, with honors. He received his master of laws degree from Columbia University in 2002. He joined the firm in 1996.

Louie Ogsimer


LOUIE T. OGSIMER is a partner at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles law firm. He is the Co-Chair of the Litigation & Arbitration department and heads the firm’s arbitration practice.

Louie has handled several ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Model Law and institutional arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Philippine Dispute Resolution Centre Inc. (PDRCI), and the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission of the Philippines (CIAC), among others. The arbitration cases he has won or settled in favor of the firm’s clients cut across various industries and subject matters like banking and finance, construction, energy & power, infrastructure, intra corporate disputes, investment and joint venture agreements, public utilities, securities, and telecommunications, to name a few.

Louie’s litigation practice has seen him appear and orally argue before trial courts and quasi-judicial agencies, the Court of Tax Appeals, Sandiganbayan, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court. He has handled high-impact cases before the Supreme Court in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, constitutional law and government regulation, commercial law, environmental law, public and private international law, and taxation, among others. He is a passionate advocate of alternative dispute resolution and has settled more than eighty percent of his cases to the satisfaction of the firm’s clients.

Louie is recognized by Asia Law Profiles, Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, and Who’s Who Legal, among others, for his arbitration and litigation work. He is a faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila School of law teaching International Commercial Arbitration. He is a member of the National Competitiveness Council Working Group on the Judicial System, a body under the Office of the President, which formulates policies and proposals to improve the Philippine judicial system. Louie is also the Philippine country reporter for The Asia Pacific Arbitration Reporter and has written articles and given several lectures on international arbitration. He is an alternate court member of the ICC Court of Arbitration and a member of the SIAC Panel of Arbitrators.

Louie received his bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines in 1993 and his bachelor of laws from the same university in 1997. He was admitted to the Philippine bar in 1998.

Li Chen

partner, mergers and acquisitions
Shearman & Sterling 

Li Chen is a partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice.

She has advised major TMT, entertainment, power, mining and industrial companies and private equity firms in China-related public and private acquisitions and dispositions, as well as financing transactions and general corporate matters.

Chen represents corporates clients including China Mobile, Huawei Technologies, State Grid, as well as major private equity firms.


Stephanie Tang

Shearman & Sterling

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Winter 2019/2020

ESG survey: Fifty shades of green

Environmental, social and governance concerns are no longer an afterthought – but opinions and standards still vary

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Women in Business Law Group

IFLR's Wibl networking group provides a platform for inclusive debate around fostering female talent in the profession.

Visit its LinkedIn page to find out more, and IFLR's awards page for details on the annual ceremonies.