Hong-Kong based Vivien Yang, a recognised M&A expert in the oil and gas, LNG and infrastructure sectors, as well as project power development, is the latest new partner to join Addleshaw Goddard's burgeoning global Construction, Energy and Infrastructure (CEI) practice, one of the firm's key investment priorities.

Vivien was most recently a partner at Simmons & Simmons and prior to that was Head of Natural Resources at Clifford Chance Hong Kong. Her clients include state owned, private and listed companies, and private equity funds across Asia. Vivien has also led work in North and South America, Africa, India, the Middle East, USA and Europe.

Her appointment into the firm's Corporate & Commercial division follows the arrival in Singapore earlier this year of Ton van Den Bosch from Ince & Co where he headed its Energy and Projects team and Aberdeen-based oil and gas specialist David McEwing from Pinsents. In 2018, the firm also appointed two partners from DWF's construction practice including national head, Paul O'Kane. AGs newly opened office in Hamburg also offers a strong capability in the energy sector. Addleshaw Goddard's CEI multi-disciplinary practice has in combination around 30 partners and more than 130 further fee earners across the firm's offices in the UK, Germany and Asia and the GCC.

Bob Charlton, head of Addleshaw Goddard's Asia region said: 

"Vivien is outstanding in her specialist field and in combination with Ton van den Bosch in Singapore adds an exciting new dimension to the firm's global CEI business, particularly for clients operating in the oil and gas, LNG, power and energy sectors requiring transactional expertise in this region. More generally, Vivien's arrival adds significantly to our Hong Kong public and private M&A capabilities and we are delighted she has chosen to join us."

Jonathan Tattersall, joint head of the firm's CEI practice added: 

"Our plan to assemble by 2021 one of the strongest global CEI practices in the market is gathering momentum. Building our upstream as well as down and mid-stream expertise in Asia - which is forecast to fuel the increase in global energy demand – will open up new opportunities and Vivien's experience falls neatly into the disciplines we have identified alongside Ton's offshore energy credentials."

Vivien Yang is Addleshaw Goddard's fourth new Asia partner hire in the last 12 months and keeps the firm on track to be a double-digit partner team in the region in the near future. Alongside Ton van den Bosch, recent new appointments include Litigation head Ronald Sum from Locke Lord and corporate partner Lance Jiang from Great Wall AMC International Holdings.

Addleshaw Goddard's Asia business totals seven partners and c. 35 other fee earners including M&A partner Andrew Yang and Head of Equity Capital Markets Hong Kong, Daniel Wan. 

The corporate practice has significant experience handling all forms of corporate finance and commercial transactions throughout the Asia Pacific region. The team is ranked in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 and specialising in M&A, joint ventures, foreign direct investment, corporate finance, commercial transactions, capital markets and private equity.