Expansion of Asia-Based Transactional Capabilities Continuing
HONG KONG (February 8, 2012) – Morrison & Foerster is pleased to announce that Melody He-Chen, a leading corporate lawyer with broad experience in capital markets, securities regulation and corporate finance, has joined the firm's Hong Kong office as a partner in the Corporate Group. Ms. He-Chen has an extensive background representing investment banks and Chinese, American, and international companies from a wide variety of industries in an array of transactional capacities, including public offerings, private placements, debt offerings, private equity, mergers & acquisitions, cross-border joint ventures and financings. She also advises on corporate governance and compliance matters. Her addition, coupled with the recent promotion of Gregory Wang to partner in Hong Kong, adds depth to the firm's robust capital markets expertise.
Eric Piesner, Co-Chair of the firm's Business Department who is based in Morrison & Foerster's Tokyo office, said, "We continue to add top practitioners to our global Corporate Practice, particularly in China. Melody's addition underscores our robust array of services to clients in the region and around the world."
Ven Tan, Managing Partner of the Hong Kong office, said, "Melody is an important addition to our Hong Kong office. She has a wealth of transactional experience, particularly in equity and debt capital markets including Hong Kong IPOs, global offerings, rights issues, and high-yield bonds, RMB denominated bonds and convertible bonds offerings. Her experience in China will further strengthen our global corporate platform."
Ms. He-Chen sees Morrison & Foerster as a perfect fit for her practice. "I am excited to join a firm with such deep roots and commitment in Asia and an extremely active capital markets, M&A, private equity, and corporate practice in Hong Kong," said Ms. He-Chen. "The firm's prominence in the financial institutions, technology, and life sciences sectors makes it a perfect home for my practice."
Ms. He-Chen earned an LLB at Shenzhen University in China and an LLM at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall). She received her JD from Rutgers University School of Law. Ms. He-Chen is admitted in New York, California and China and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
With full-service offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai, Morrison & Foerster's China-based corporate practice handles a wide range of equity and debt capital markets, M&A, private equity transactions. Transactions handled in 2011 by our Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offices include: