Lang Michener Expands Into Asia



    The Only Canadian Law Firm Registered to Practice in Hong Kong

    VANCOUVER and Hong Kong, China, May 4 /CNW/ - Lang Michener LLP announced
today the opening of its office in Hong Kong, in association with local law
firm Angela Ho & Associates. The Hong Kong office will provide Lang Michener's
clients with greater access to its Canadian legal experience in corporate
finance, private equity, M&A, banking, real estate, litigation and
international trade.
    The Chair of Lang Michener's China Practice, Stephen D. Wortley, will be
the resident partner at the Hong Kong office and will be dividing his time
between Hong Kong and Vancouver. Mr. Wortley will also be joined periodically
by other lawyers from the firm's China Practice.
    Despite the current economic conditions, Lang Michener is expanding its
China Practice by opening the Hong Kong office to enhance the services offered
to its growing Chinese client base and to advance its long-term commitment to
the Chinese market. Lang Michener has been a leader in advising Chinese
companies on accessing the North American capital markets and has a long
history of advising on China inbound and outbound transactions across a
variety of industries including mining, telecommunications, transportation,
information technology and investment banking. It also represents an
increasing number of Chinese companies searching for acquisition and
investment opportunities in Canadian companies, especially those that are
natural resources based. The firm plans to explore additional opportunities
for office locations in China as part of its long-term growth strategy.
    "Our Hong Kong office is an integral part in our strategic growth plan
based on client needs and market demand," Mr. Wortley said. "The expansion is
a progression of our strengths in the market and demonstrates our commitment
to our Chinese clients. Lang Michener has been highly effective in
facilitating the combination of Chinese growth opportunities with Canadian
corporate finance, and with our new office, we plan to build on that
experience and assist in creating new opportunities in Canada and in Hong
Kong, China and Asia."

    ABOUT LANG MICHENER LLP: Lang Michener LLP (http://www.langmichener.ca)
has been a leader in Canada's legal profession for more than 80 years. The
firm has over 200 professionals in offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and
Hong Kong, who provide effective, innovative solutions to Canadian and
international clients. Lang Michener understands the competitive global needs
of leading companies and industries. Lang Michener is registered to practice
as a foreign law firm in Hong Kong.

    ABOUT STEPHEN D. WORTLEY: Stephen D. Wortley is Chair of Lang Michener's
China Practice. Mr. Wortley joined Lang Michener's Vancouver office in 1985
and has been a partner since 1991. He is called to the Bar in British Columbia
and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong. Mr. Wortley's practice
emphasizes securities and corporate matters (both domestically and
internationally), together with mining matters, including acquisition, joint
venture and property option agreements. His corporate and securities
experience includes local, national and international prospectus offerings,
Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange, Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and
NASDAQ listings, private placements, real-estate oriented securities,
corporate reorganizations, amalgamations, arrangements and takeover bids.

    ABOUT ANGELA HO & ASSOCIATES: Angela Ho & Associates
(http://www.holawfirm.com) is a Hong Kong law firm with experience in a wide
variety of corporate finance, restructuring and commercial transactions. The
firm has a multilingual staff of lawyers advising Hong Kong and mainland
Chinese companies with their business development and growth. Angela Ho, the
founder of the firm, has advised numerous companies on a broad range of
corporate finance, take-over and restructuring matters for nearly 20 years. In
addition to Ms. Ho's extensive legal experience, she was a financial advisor
for four years at Kingsway Capital Limited, a Hong Kong based corporate
finance firm owned by SW Kingsway Capital Holdings Limited (a Stock Exchange
of Hong Kong listed company and majority owned by Kingsway International
Holdings Limited, a Toronto Stock Exchange listed company and whose principal
shareholders include the Sun Wah Group of Hong Kong).






For further information:

For further information: Stephen Wortley, Partner, Lang Michener LLP,
Tel: (604) 691-7457 (Vancouver)/+852-3101-0213 (Hong Kong), Fax: (604)
893-2378 (Vancouver)/+852-3585-1233 (Hong Kong), Email: swortley@lmls.com,
Website: http://www.langmichener.ca; or Angela Bolzonello, Director of
Business Development, Lang Michener LLP, Tel: (604) 893-7636, Fax: (604)
893-2958, Email: abolzonello@lmls.com, Website: http://www.langmichener.ca

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