Committee

Stephanie Sheng - Co-Chair

Executive Director and Senior Counsel - Goldman Sachs

Stephanie Sheng is executive director and senior counsel at Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC in the Business Intelligence Group, advising the Asia Pacific investment banking, merchant banking and securities divisions on anti-bribery, anti-money laundering and economic sanctions regulations across a range of corporate transactions, as well being responsible for internal investigations in the region.  Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Stephanie was counsel at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, specializing in US securities laws, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and FCPA investigations across Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Hong Kong. 

Anita Phillips - Co-Chair

Professional Support Consultant/Foreign Legal Consultant - Herbert Smith Freehills

Anita trained with Herbert Smith Freehills and has worked in the firm's London, Paris and Hong Kong offices. She has experience of a broad range of dispute resolution processes including litigation, arbitration, mediation, expert determination and adjudication. Anita supports the firm's leading Alternative Dispute Resolution and Corporate Crime and & Investigations practices and has developed a significant market profile for her work on legal support, cross-practice and cross-region projects for these practices. Anita is currently leading the organisation of the ground-breaking Global Pound Conference Hong Kong and is assisting with several other Global Pound Conference events worldwide.

Alison Tsai - Vice-Chair and Head of Events

Asia Pacific Legal Counsel - Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Alison is Asia Pacific Legal Counsel at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and is responsible for generally all legal aspects of the Group’s business and development activities in Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Mandarin Oriental, Alison worked in private practice as a corporate lawyer advising corporates and financial institutions on a broad range of transactions including initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, bond offerings and on general corporate and compliance/regulatory matters. She was also previously seconded to the legal department of Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C.'s Investment Banking Division where she was heavily involved in equity and debt capital transactions in Asia (excluding Japan).

 

Alison is a Hong Kong and New York qualified solicitor and speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin and basic Korean.

Maya Wodnicka - Secretary and Head of Sponsorship

Registered Foreign Lawyer (England & Wales)

Maya studied law in Germany, France and Switzerland, before qualifying as a solicitor in England & Wales in 2012.

Susan Wong - Treasurer

Senior Legal Counsel - Standard Chartered Bank

Susan is a Senior Legal Counsel at Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited and advises on corporate finance transactions across Greater China and North Asia.  Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Susan was counsel at Clifford Chance's Hong Kong Banking & Finance group, covering a broad mix of financing work from acquisition finance to structured lending.  Susan is qualified to practise in both England and Wales and Hong Kong, and has worked in London, Tokyo and Beijing before relocating to Hong Kong in late 2011.  

Yea Ji Sohn - Member, Events

Senior Counsel, APAC - Uber Technologies

Yea Ji is a Senior Counsel in the APAC legal team of Uber Technologies. In her role, she covers a broad range of subject matter - from the everyday corporate & commercial to the complex & cutting-edge! Prior to joining Uber Technologies in January, 2017, Yea Ji was an M&A lawyer for seven years, most recently in the Hong Kong office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. 

Janice Yau Garton - Member, Events

Senior Associate & Corporate Responsibility Coordinator  - DLA Piper

Janice specialises in Real Estate and her practice focuses on cross-border real estate investments, mainly acting for institutional investors, funds, hospitality groups, retail brands, property development companies and private equity firms, including REITs, in their investments into real estate across Asia. Janice is qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong and a solicitor and barrister in Ontario, Canada. Born in Vancouver, Janice was living in Australia before moving to Hong Kong in 2005 and has been with DLA Piper ever since. She speaks English, Cantonese and French.

Dr. Mariel Dimsey - Member, Events

Partner - CMS

Mariel is an international commercial and investment arbitration specialist. She has over 10 years’ experience acting as advisor and advocate in numerous international arbitrations covering a wide range of legal systems and industries. She also sits as arbitrator. One of Mariel's strengths is her ability to create pragmatic solutions for her clients in a competent and cost-efficient manner.
Mariel is an Australian Lawyer and Hong Kong Solicitor and received an LL.M. degree from the University of Cologne and a doctorate in law (Dr. iur.), summa cum laude, from the University of Basel, both in investment arbitration. She started her career in Frankfurt, working with a major international law firm and then a leading U.S. law firm in Germany and the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, she then moved to Hong Kong where she has now joined the CMS International Arbitration team. 
Mariel has published and spoken extensively on international investment arbitration topics.

Cynthia is an associate at Ropes & Gray. Prior to working at Ropes & Gray, Cynthia has gained experience in Hong Kong, Singapore and Melbourne on a wide range of transactions including public and private M&A, private equity, joint ventures, IPOs and general corporate matters.

Cynthia Chan - Member, Events

Associate - Ropes & Gray

Jacqueline Arena - Member, Events

Associate - Skadden

Jacqueline Arena is an associate in Skadden's antitrust practice group in Hong Kong. She has broad experience advising Asian companies across the APAC region and has worked on a number of merger transactions involving notifications to the European Commission, as well as multijurisdictional analyses and filings to regulators around the world. In 2015, she undertook a client secondment with a Hong Kong bank to advise on compliance with and implications of the new Hong Kong competition law regime. Jacqueline joined Skadden in 2017 after previously working at leading international law firms in Brussels and Hong Kong. She is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and Victoria, Australia.

Maureen Ho - Co-Chair, Mentoring

Senior Associate - Clifford Chance

Maureen is a senior associate in Clifford Chance's M&A/private equity practice group, based in Hong Kong. She specialises in advising general merger and acquisition transactions and private equity transactions. Prior to her relocation back to Clifford Chance Hong Kong, Maureen spent time in Clifford Chance London office as a senior associate and in Carlyle as a legal consultant.  She also sits on Clifford Chance's Hong Kong Women's Network Steering Sub-committee and Technology Committee. Maureen is qualified in Hong Kong and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Christine Joo - Co-Chair, Mentoring

Senior Legal Counsel - Standard Chartered Bank

Christine is a Senior Legal Counsel at Standard Chartered Bank, Hong Kong and is responsible for managing regional legal projects and advising on cross-border transactions involving Greater China and North Asia. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Christine was a banking and finance lawyer specialising in corporate lending and other debt related matters. Christine is qualified to practise in Australia and has worked in Melbourne and Singapore prior to relocating to Hong Kong. Christine speaks English and Korean.

Lucy Wu - Co-Chair, Mentoring

Senior Associate - Ropes & Gray 

Lucy Wu is a senior associate in the finance practice at Ropes & Gray based in Hong Kong.  

Lucy is admitted to practice in Hong Kong and Australia and has previously worked in Melbourne prior to relocating to Hong Kong.  Apart from banking law, Lucy likes to indulge in some creativity by dabbling in entrepreneurial pursuits and has participated in Business Icon (a competition similar to The Apprentice in Melbourne) and has previously set up and ran a corporate events planning business in Hong Kong.
 

Jennifer Wu - Co-Chair, Mentoring

Senior Associate - Pinsent Masons

Jennifer is a Senior Associate in the TMT team at Pinsent Masons. She specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration (in particular disputes in the technology and telecommunications sector). She advises on a variety of local and cross border disputes, from general company, employment, IP to data privacy and cyber fraud/ security issues. Prior to joining Pinsent Masons in Hong Kong, Jennifer worked in-house focusing on litigation and employment matters. Prior to that, Jennifer was in England – where she trained and qualified as a Solicitor.

Alice Molan - Member, Women@Lunch

Counsel (Registered Foreign Lawyer) - Walkers 

Alice is a Counsel (Registered Foreign Lawyer) in the Regulatory team of Walkers, Hong Kong.  Alice regularly advises clients based in Asia on their regulatory obligations in respect of offshore jurisdictions.  Prior to joining Walkers, Alice was at the Hong Kong and Melbourne offices of King & Wood Mallesons, advising on Hong Kong and Australian banking and finance regulatory regimes.

Brooke Holden - Member, Women@Lunch

Principal - Lipman Karas Hong Kong

Brooke is a Principal at Lipman Karas. She is a commercial litigator with experience in a broad range of disputes involving or arising out of shareholder claims, joint ventures, commercial agreements, major infrastructure, construction and engineering projects, fraud and insolvency. Her experience includes disputes resolved through litigation and arbitration. She has advised and represented clients with respect to ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations under various institutional rules, including HKIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL, CIETAC and SIAC. Brooke has lived and worked in Hong Kong for over a decade, since relocating from Brisbane, Australia in 2005. She is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, Queensland, Australia and England & Wales.  

Jacqueline Moody - Member, Women@Lunch

Associate – Harney, Westwood & Riegels

Jacqueline is an associate in the Litigation and Restructuring team of an offshore law firm, Harneys, in Hong Kong.  She specialises in Cayman Islands and BVI shareholder disputes, insolvency, receiverships, and other high value commercial disputes (including enforcement actions and injunctions).  Her cases are international in nature, often involving concurrent proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. She is currently working on an appeal to the Privy Council.  She is admitted to practise law in England and Wales (not practising), the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, New York (not practising) and Florida (not practising).

Jacqueline Cheung - Member, Women@Lunch

Jacqueline worked at Herbert Smith Freehills as a legal secretary, in the areas of dispute resolution and financial service regulatory, for over three years. Jacqueline obtained her Bachelor's degree (Management Studies) and Master's degree (Business Information Systems) from Royal Holloway, University of London.  In the legal field, she holds a Master's degree in law (Arbitration and Dispute Resolution) from City University of Hong Kong.  Prior to Herbert Smith Freehills, she had extensive experience of dealing with a broad range of corporate finance transaction including IPO & M&A transactions as a paralegal.”

Urszula McCormack - Head of Pro Bono

Partner - King & Wood Mallesons

Urszula is a regulatory specialist, focussing on financial technology, digital assets and financial crime.  Key areas of her expertise include licensing, digital platforms, AML/CTF/sanctions and blockchain-based solutions.  Urszula is Co-Chair of KWM’s Pro Bono Committee and advises on forced migration-related issues including human trafficking, predatory lending and non-refoulement claims.  Urszula is qualified to practice Australian, English and Hong Kong law.  She speaks English, Polish and French. 

Tinny Ip - Member, Pro Bono

Head of Business Development - Stephenson Harwood 

Tinny is the head of business development for Greater China. In this role, she is responsible for the Greater China business development team, providing effective support to all sectors, practice groups and offices in Greater China and coordinating with the Singapore and Seoul offices. Tinny looks after the whole cross spectrum of business development activity, working closely with fee earners on client development, marketing, communications and events. Prior to Stephenson Harwood, Tinny worked for seven years in the professional services sector and for more than six years in the banking industry. Tinny is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Louise Le Pla - Member, Pro Bono

Associate (Registered Foreign Lawyer) - Lewis Silkin 

Louise is an Associate (Registered Foreign Lawyer) in Lewis Silkin’s Hong Kong office.  

Louise undertakes a broad range of employment-related work across Asia Pacific, such as coordinating global employee handbook reviews and the drafting of template employment documents, overseeing litigation and restrictive covenant disputes in various Asia Pacific countries, coordinating multi-country reviews and projects, and assisting with dismissals and the negotiation of settlement agreements for employment-related disputes. 

Jeannette Tam - Co-Head, Flexible Work

Senior Managing Associate - Bird & Bird

Jeannette is a senior managing associate in Bird & Bird’s Employment practice group, based in Hong Kong. She specialises in advising on all aspects of day-to-day contentious and non-contentious employment issues and employment-related immigration issues, including advising on labour tribunal disputes, investigations and multi-jurisdictional projects involving corporate restructuring, reductions in force and transfer of business. Jeannette graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Bachelor degree in Laws in 2006. She also holds a Master's degree in law from Tsinghua University. Jeannette was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in December 2010. Jeannette is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Stephanie Szeto - Co-Head, Flexible Work

Peerpoint Senior Business Manager - Allen & Overy

Stephanie Szeto is Peerpoint senior business manager for Allen & Overy in Hong Kong.  She has 14 years of experience working in strategic business roles at top tier international law firms.  She currently manages Allen & Overy’s flexible legal consultant resourcing business in Hong Kong.  She was previously associate director of business development and marketing for White & Case Asia.  Stephanie is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, and moved to Hong Kong in 2008.

Lauren Ellison - Co-Head, Flexible Work

Legal Business Partner – Asia and EMEA at Telstra

Lauren is Legal Business Partner – Asia and EMEA at Telstra, the global telecommunications company founded in Australia. Lauren leads a team based in London, Hong Kong and Singapore and supports Telstra's international enterprise and services business unit in Asia and more recently EMEA. The team were recent winners of In-House Legal Team of the Year - TMT 2018 and Asia In-House Team of the Year 2018 at the In-House Community Counsels of the Year awards. Originally from Scotland where she qualified, prior to her career with Telstra and her move to Asia, Lauren qualified in England and Wales working for a boutique law firm in London specializing in M+A and mid-market European private equity transactions, principally acting for a cohort of private equity fund clients. Lauren recently founded the Hong Kong Chapter of CLOC – the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium – bringing together in house legal professionals in Hong Kong to share insights, challenges in relation to the delivery of legal services in their respective organizations and the application of technology and different ways of working as a solution to these. Lauren is also Action Co lead for the Telstra Brilliant Connected Women network, Hong Kong branch. 

Michelle Fung - Co-Head, Flexible Work

Michelle is a Canadian qualified lawyer and worked for a national Canadian law firm as a securities and corporate lawyer. She graduated with a J.D. from the University of British Columbia and completed her final year of law school at the University of Hong Kong through its joint legal education program. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Columbia University in New York City. Prior to law school, she worked at Turner Broadcasting in Business Development. Michelle speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin. 

Amy Tye - Member, Flexible Work

Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility Manager - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Amy Tye is the Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Prior to this role, she was the Asia Pacific CFO at Gucci Group and the Asia Pacific President/CEO at Bottega Veneta. She then took a career break and involved herself in the charity sector, volunteering in various capacities including a directorship at Cambodian Children’s Fund, before returning to the workplace. The challenges that a woman faces when reaching the top have many similarities in whichever industry. Amy was heavily involved in building and retaining talent as CFO and CEO so even though she is new to the legal industry, her past experience has been very helpful in her current role. Amy is a UK qualified Chartered Accountant and has worked in London and Hong Kong.

Fiona Chan - Member, Flexible Work

Partner - Appleby

Fiona Chan is a partner in the corporate department of Appleby’s Hong Kong office, advising on a full spectrum of banking, finance, corporate, technology & innovation, private client & trust and non-contentious insurance matters relating to the laws of British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Bermuda.  Fiona has almost 20 years of offshore and onshore legal experiences, including 10 years at the London and Hong Kong offices of Clifford Chance.  She is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars and contributor to leading journals.  

Esther Yee - Communications

Senior Associate - Slaughter and May

Esther is a corporate lawyer based in Hong Kong, and is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and as a solicitor in Hong Kong.  She advises public and private companies, financial advisers and private equity / financial investors on IPOs, fund-raisings, acquisitions and disposals, joint venture arrangements, public takeovers and privatisations, and strategic investments. She also advises public companies and financial institutions on regulatory compliance matters. 
 
 

Benjamin Chui - Communications

Pitch & Business Development Specialist - Skadden

Ben is Pitch & Business Development Specialist for Asia at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates. Ben received his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Employment Relations from the University of Toronto.

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