Geoffrey Chan has joined Ropes & Gray as a partner in the private investment funds group. Chan’s addition supports Ropes & Gray’s efforts to open an office in Shanghai, a statement said.
Ropes & Gray today announced that Geoffrey Chan is joining the global law firm’s private investment funds group as a partner, a move that bolsters the firm’s services to investment funds at a time of accelerated activity in China’s booming economy.
Mr. Chan is a leading investment funds lawyer in China with a practice focusing on the creation of Chinese offshore USD funds and domestic RMB private investment funds. Previously a counsel in the Beijing office of O’Melveny & Myers, he has represented fund sponsors in China and throughout Asia in fund formation and other related internal funds issues.
The addition of Mr. Chan supports Ropes & Gray’s efforts to open an office in Shanghai to provide a base for the firm’s planned expansion into China. The firm currently advises international clients, including Chinese companies, from its offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo and London, and throughout the United States.
“We are extremely pleased to have an attorney of Geoffrey Chan’s stature join our team and enhance what is already one of the world’s leading investment funds practices,” said Alison Bomberg, head of Ropes & Gray’s Hong Kong office. “Geoffrey’s knowledge of the funds industry and his experience in China strengthen our position in Asia at a critical time in the region’s growth.”
“I am excited to join Ropes & Gray and its outstanding group of investment funds lawyers as we embark on expanding our services in China and throughout Asia,” said Mr. Chan.
Mr. Chan earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his B.Com (finance) degree from the University of Toronto. He is also admitted to practice law in New York and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese. Previously Mr. Chan worked as a corporate finance investment banker with Merrill Lynch in Asia.
Since opening offices in Hong Kong in 2008 and Tokyo in 2007, Ropes & Gray has quickly established itself as a leading Asian firm, handling some of the region’s largest and most complex transactions. In April 2010, Asian Legal Business honored the firm’s Hong Kong-based lawyers for their role in China’s “M&A Deal of the Year,” GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd.’s $3.4 billion acquisition of Jiangsu Zhongneng. In 2009, the firm represented long-term client Bain Capital in its acquisition of Bellsystem24 in the largest buyout by a foreign private equity firm in Japan in nearly two years.