THE LIST 上榜名单
Christopher Bickley 白基诺
Fiona Chan 陈子雅
Vincent Chan 陈颖恒
Jenny Nip 聂淑娴
James Noble 詹诺倍
Nicholas Plowman 包乐文
Peter Vas，Loeb Smith Attorneys律师事务所合伙人
Peter Vas在法律行业执业已近十载，他于2020年12月以合伙人身份加盟了Loeb Smith Attorneys律师事务所香港办公室，执业领域为银行与金融、公司，以及重组交易。
Asian Legal Business Offshore Client Choice List 2021
In its annual list, ALB picks out Asia’s outstanding lawyers working with offshore law firms. These legal professionals have exceeded client expectations and requirements, delivering high-quality advice and support, and being recognised by their clients for the same. The lawyers in the list were selected based on client recommendations sent directly to ALB. A few lawyers have been profiled below.
Christopher Bickley, partner and head of Hong Kong office, Conyers
Bickley, who has spent 27 years in the legal industry, has been with Conyers since 1994. A capital markets, corporate, finance, and mergers and acquisitions specialist, he also advises on private equity, venture capital and securitisation and structured finance.
Bickley is particularly experienced in initial public offerings and listings of shares of companies on the Main Board and the Growth Enterprise Market of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, Science and Technology Innovation Board (SSE STAR Market) in the PRC, and stock exchanges in other jurisdictions including Australia, London, Singapore and NASDAQ. His experience extends to debt financings, schemes of arrangements, restructuring exercises, fund raising exercises and private equity investment. He has also advised in a number of shareholder disputes and offshore contentious matters.
“It is always a pleasure working with Chris, who matches his quality, commercial advice with boundless energy. Chris is always available, no matter when the issues arise, and is very quick to focus on the crux of the issues. Put simply, he’s our go-to guy,” says a client. Another client says Bickley is “very proactive and knowledgeable with good customer focus. Ensures timely delivery of work.”
Jenny Nip, partner and head of the PRC group, Campbells
Nip, who is the head of the PRC group at Campbells, is responsible for the China practice of the firm. She specialises in all areas of corporate transactions including capital market transactions, mergers and acquisitions, privatisation and downstream private equity investment deals.
Nip advises issuers in connection with pre-IPO financings and listing of BVI and Cayman Islands companies on global stock exchanges, including Hong Kong, U.S and Mainland China. In addition, Nip counsels international banks, financial institutions, leasing companies and corporations on bank finance and debt capital market transactions.
“Jenny is a commercially very sophisticated lawyer, having profound understanding and hands-on experience on corporate, funds and financing transactions,” says a client. “On top of that, she has come to form a deep understanding of Chinese business culture and is very versatile and flexible when approaching Chinese clients or matters with a China background. She is truly one of a kind in terms of advising Chinese clients on complex offshore matters.” Another client says the experience of working with Nip is “very smooth and worry-free.”
James Noble, partner and Asia head of litigation, insolvency and restructuring, Carey Olsen
Noble, who has more than 20 years of legal experience, is the Asia head of the litigation, insolvency and restructuring team at Carey Olsen which currently has the largest offshore litigation team in Singapore. He was formerly the managing partner of the Singapore office of another leading offshore firm and is said to be the only litigator in Singapore who is Cayman and BVI admitted.
“James is very prompt and thorough in providing legal advice and deliverables, and has a very pleasant, professional approach in his communication and working relationship. His relaxed, steady approach always gives you a lot of confidence,” says a client. Another praises Noble for being “highly knowledgeable with an emotionally intelligent persona.”
Anthony Oakes, partner and head of banking and finance for Asia, Ogier
Oakes, who is a banking and finance, capital markets, structured finance, corporate, non-contentious restructuring and insolvency expert, has spent more than two decades in the legal industry. He was earlier in Sydney and relocated to Hong Kong to join Clifford Chance, where he spent 12 years advising on capital markets transactions, private equity, structured finance and bank lending.
Oakes moved to Beijing in 2012 to spend a year and a half studying Mandarin at the Beijing Language and Cultural University. In 2014, he joined Ogier’s Hong Kong office and was promoted to partner in 2015. He is currently leading the banking and finance practice in Asia and overseeing the growth of the 11-lawyer team.
“Tony is proactive and provides clear and helpful advice,” says a client. “He understands the commercial aspects to a transaction and advises accordingly. He also has a good bench of associates who keep the process moving forward.” Another praises Oakes’ “great personality, expertise in his area and well-rounded advice that is readily usable.”
Nicholas Plowman, Hong Kong practice partner and head of investment funds for Asia, Ogier
Plowman, who specialises in investment funds, established Ogier’s Hong Kong office in 2007 at the age of 33 and was made partner in 2010.
Plowman is presently the head of Ogier’s highly successful investment funds practice in Asia, which is now one of the largest in the region, with 14 dedicated funds specialists. As practice partner, he has overseen the growth of Ogier’s Hong Kong office, which currently employs over 110 people across its legal and fiduciary teams.
He has also established longstanding relationships with some of the region’s most sophisticated and respected fund managers.
A client calls Plowman “hugely professional and efficient,” while another lauds his “knowledge, pragmatism, timeliness, availability and to-the-point advice.”
Peter Vas, partner, Loeb Smith Attorneys
Vas, who has been in the industry for close to a decade, recently joined Loeb Smith Attorneys as a partner in its Hong Kong office in December 2020 with a focus on banking and finance, corporate and restructuring transactions.
Vas previously worked for an international offshore law firm in Hong Kong where he acquired in-depth knowledge of the Asian market. Before relocating to Hong Kong, he worked for Sidley Austin in London and for another offshore firm in Jersey. Drawing upon his prior experience at these firms, he is heavily involved in broadening Loeb Smith’s presence in the banking and finance areas outside of its traditional strong areas of investment funds and blockchain technology transactions in Asia.
“Peter is very knowledgeable of offshore legal matters, and is able to provide succinct, commercial advice in a timely manner,” says a client. Another says: “You know you can always count on Peter when you encounter offshore matters. He will coordinate everything for the client, and will always think more and think ahead than you do.”
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