Fried Frank Appoints New Partner in Hong Kong

    HONG KONG, Dec. 21 /CNW/ -- Fried Frank announced today that William Yoo
has joined the Firm's Asia practice, resident in Hong Kong. William
specializes in both real estate equity and debt transactions and corporate
finance. His real estate work includes structuring equity investments for
off-shore investors. William has worked extensively with banks, financial
institutions, private equity funds and investors, both based in Asia and
looking to expand into Asia. He joins from Paul Hastings, Tokyo.
    "We believe that the addition of William to our office in Hong Kong will
particularly enhance our capacity to service US equity investors and lenders
seeking to expand in the Asian Market," said Jon Mechanic, head of Fried
Frank's real estate practice.
    "William's history of acting for equity investors, lenders and borrowers
enables us to support our clients effectively in their full range of legal
needs in the market," added Managing Partner, Justin Spendlove.
    "The market in Asia has experienced phenomenal growth over the past few
years. William further strengthens the depth of our team and growing presence
in the region," said Chairperson, Valerie Ford Jacob.
    Fried Frank opened its Hong Kong office at the beginning of 2007, which
was shortly followed by the opening of its Shanghai office in October this
year. It has completed significant transactions for clients needing access to
US, European and international expertise, as well as local law capability.
Recent deals include the representation of CapitaLand Limited in its joint
venture with eSun Holdings in connection with the purchase of a 20% interest
in a multi-billion dollar commercial/residential development project in Macau,
the representation of Merrill Lynch International and Merrill Lynch Far East
in connection with Vinda International Holdings Limited IPO and 144/Reg S
placement, and the representation of New World Department Store China Limited
in connection with its US$300 million initial public offering.
    Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is a leading international
law firm with more than 600 attorneys in offices in New York, Washington,
D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Fried Frank lawyers
regularly represent major investment banking firms, private equity houses and
hedge funds, as well as many of the largest companies in the world. The Firm
offers legal counsel on M&A, private equity, asset management, capital markets
and corporate finance matters, white-collar criminal defense and civil
litigation, securities regulation, compliance and enforcement, government
contracts, environmental law and litigation, real estate, tax, bankruptcy,
antitrust, benefits and compensation, intellectual property and technology,
international trade, and trusts and estates. The Firm has an association with
Huen Wong & Co. in Hong Kong. More information on Fried Frank can be found at

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