Hong Kong – Global law firm K&L Gates LLP welcomes Iris Leung as a corporate/capital markets partner in its Hong Kong office. Leung joins K&L Gates from the Hong Kong office of Linklaters.
Both U.S.- and Hong Kong-qualified, Leung has advised issuers and underwriters on a significant number of landmark listings of Chinese and multinational companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, as well as in other major global financial markets. She has also advised bulge bracket investment banks and private equity and venture capital funds in innovative capital markets and M&A transactions and with strategic investments.
David Tang, K&L Gates’ Managing Partner, Asia, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Iris to our Asia region corporate and capital markets practice. Her exceptional Hong Kong, PRC, European, and U.S. market reputation, experience, and insights will be a major asset to our clients and will add significant strength to our transactional capabilities for clients in Asia and beyond. K&L Gates is well-suited and our global platform is well-positioned to serve Iris’ expanding clients and entrepreneurial practice.”
Leung’s arrival follows the earlier additions of corporate partners Elio Marena (Milan), Yoanna Stefanova (Luxembourg), Josh Berick and Amanda Albert (New York), Jason Lee (Orange County), Victor Chang (Washington, D.C.), and Jason Putnam Gordon (San Francisco) during the past year. They are among more than 130 partners and of counsel the firm has welcomed across its platform since the beginning of 2020, with K&L Gates also continuing its strategic growth through the establishment of new offices in Luxembourg and Nashville, Tenn. in 2021.
K&L Gates’ capital markets practice has handled hundreds of public equity and debt offerings over the last decade. The firm’s nearly 120 capital market lawyers, spanning 35 offices across four continents, regularly represent issuers, investment banks, placement agents, investors, and investment groups in a wide range of transactional, compliance, and regulatory securities matters. In addition to serving as company counsel, lawyers in the practice provide experienced representation as underwriters’ counsel in public offerings and other transactions.
Frank Voon, a leader of K&L Gates’ global corporate practice area, commented: “Iris is very well-known for advising on landmark capital markets deals across a wide range of sectors and brings a wealth of deep capital markets and public M&A experience that will further bolster our Hong Kong corporate practice. Her arrival will enhance our service offerings across the Greater China region as well as complement our fully integrated global corporate team on deals outside of Asia.”