Norton Rose strengthens Asia Pacific shipping and energy practice in Shanghai
23 March 2011
Norton Rose LLP, the international legal practice, today announced the arrival of Fei Kwok as an Of Counsel in its Shanghai office. Fei joins from Shearman & Sterling LLP’s Shanghai office where she was a senior associate in the banking and projects team.
Fei is highly experienced in the fields of banking and project finance, with a focus on shipping finance and energy-related transactions in China. Fei has a deep knowledge and substantial experience in the shipping and oil & gas sectors, including LNG procurement, midstream facilities, downstream facilities and petrochemical projects in China.
Head of China, Peter Burrows commented:
"We are delighted that Fei has joined our growing practice in China. She has strong expertise in banking and project finance with a particular focus on shipping and energy transactions, two strengths of the firm in China and throughout the Asia Pacific region."
Head of Asia Pacific Shipping and Offshore, Gervais Green commented:
"Fei's addition to the team in Shanghai further enhances our shipping and offshore capabilities in Asia Pacific. We now have more than 25 shipping and offshore lawyers providing asset finance, project finance, debt capital markets, Islamic finance, M&A and disputes advice from Singapore, Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo."
Fei Kwok, Of Counsel commented:
"I am excited to have joined Norton Rose’s Shanghai office. The practice has market-leading shipping and energy teams both in Asia Pacific and globally and I look forward to working with other members across the region."
Norton Rose Group now boasts over 25 shipping and offshore lawyers, with partner, Ernest van Buuren and his team joining from Blake Dawson in Australia in February 2011. This follows a number of additions to the shipping and offshore team in Asia Pacific with shipping and Islamic finance partner, Davide Barzilai relocating to Hong Kong and associates Jacqueline Bell and Daniel Perera also relocating to Singapore from London in 2010.
Norton Rose Group is ranked in Tier 1 in Chambers Asia 2011 for Shipping finance in Asia Pacific and is praised as "An esteemed global firm [that] has offices across China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the rest of the world. Its full-service shipping practice is particularly recommended for its superb shipping finance services."
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