Stephanie Sheng - 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 - Vice 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.
Ka-Yin Au-Yeung - Chair, Mentoring
Senior Associate - Hogan Lovells
Ka Yin is a Senior Associate in International Debt Capital Markets at Hogan Lovells. She advises domestic and international banks, funds, companies and other financial institutions on a range of finance transactions, including derivatives, structured products, debt and security structures. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, she was an associate at O'Melveny & Myers in Hong Kong, specialising in finance, restructuring and insolvency transactions. She is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales, and Scotland. She speaks English and Cantonese.
Natalia Arcila - Head of Women @ Lunch
Senior Business Development and Marketing Manager - FTI Consulting
Natalia is a Senior Business Development and Marketing Manager for the Asia Pacific Region at FTI Consulting based in Hong Kong. Before relocating to Hong Kong, she worked at law firms Debevoise & Plimpton and Reed Smith LLP based out of London. Natalia sits of the Women in Business committee for the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. She is a Spanish qualified lawyer by background and speaks English, Spanish, Italian and French.
Jeannette Tam - Head of Flexible Working
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.
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.
Alison Tsai - 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 Sponsorship Director, Mentoring
Registered Foreign Lawyer (England & Wales) - Ashurst
Maya is a member of the securities and derivatives team within Ashurst's International Finance Group here in Hong Kong. She studied law in Germany, France and Switzerland, before qualifying as a solicitor in England & Wales in 2012.
Mary Wicks - Treasurer
Attorney Recruitment and Development Manager, Asia - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Mary is an Attorney Recruitment and Development Manager for Asia, and has been working in the professional services sector in Hong Kong since the 1980s. Initially working as an Accountant, Mary moved into human resources and has been working in the legal sector for more than 14 years. Mary is currently the Recruitment & Development Manager – Asia, for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and is responsible for recruitment, training and professional development for the firm’s Asian offices. Prior to joining Paul Weiss, Mary worked for Freshfields and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hong Kong.
Esther Yee - Communications
Senior Associate - Norton Rose Fulbright
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.
She is part of the leadership team for Diversity and Inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright Hong Kong and is co-chair of Norton Rose Fulbright Hong Kong’s women’s network, WiN.
Benjamin Chui - Communications
Business Development Coordinator - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Ben is Business Development Coordinator for Asia at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison where he covers the Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) and Capital Markets & Securities Practices. Ben received his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Employment Relations from the University of Toronto.
Yea Ji Sohn - 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.
Susan Wong - Vice Chair, Mentoring
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.
Stella Loong - Member, Mentoring
Registered Foreign Lawyer (Australian Capital Territory, Australia) - Herbert Smith Freehills
Stella qualified as a solicitor in Australia in 2011 and is a technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) specialist based in Hong Kong. She advises on major procurements, IT outsourcing, data privacy, software licensing, intellectual property, fintech, M&A, joint ventures, and general commercial contracting. Stella's focus is on Greater China, but she works throughout the Asia Pacific region with some of the world’s leading companies in the financial services and TMT sectors. She speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Registered Foreign Lawyer (Senior Associate) - King & Wood Mallesons
Alice Molan is a Registered Foreign Lawyer (Senior Associate) in the banking and finance team of King & Wood Mallesons. Alice regularly advises onshore and offshore banks and other financial institutions wanting to understand Hong Kong’s regulatory regime and keep up with regulatory developments. Prior to joining the Hong Kong team in 2013, Alice began her legal career in the Melbourne office of the firm.
Brooke Holden - Member, Women@Lunch
Partner - Gall Hong Kong
Brooke is a partner at Gall with experience representing local and international clients in a broad range of contractual and commercial disputes. Brooke has extensive experience advising in relation to domestic and international arbitration, both in Hong Kong and abroad. Brooke previously worked at top tier law firms in Australia before relocating to Hong Kong in 2005. She is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, Queensland, Australia and England & Wales. Prior to joining Gall, Brooke was a Senior Associate at Pinsent Masons (Hong Kong) where she worked for 8 years.
Cynthia Chan - Member, Pro Bono, Events
Professional Support Lawyer - Allen & Overy
Cynthia is a professional support lawyer at Allen & Overy here in Hong Kong. Prior to joining A&O, she was an associate with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Norton Rose Fulbright in Hong Kong, and worked with Linklaters in both Hong Kong and Singapore. Cynthia trained with and began her legal career with Clayton Utz in Melbourne. She speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Nina Fitzgerald - Member
Senior Associate - Deacons
Nina is a senior associate in the Intellectual Property Litigation and Enforcement group at Deacons. Nina's practice is focused on finding a resolution for disputes involving all types of intellectual property including trademarks, copyright, patents, confidential information, trade secrets and designs. Nina is a qualified solicitor in both Hong Kong and Australia. Prior to working at Deacons, Nina worked in the Intellectual Property Litigation group in the Sydney office of Herbert Smith Freehills and the Disputes group in the Hong Kong office of Herbert Smith Freehills. Nina served as WILHK co-chair until December 2016.
Senior Manager of Attorney Talent Asia - Axiom
Kirsty Mastores is the Senior Manager of Attorney Talent Asia at Axiom. She covers off on all matters pertaining to Axiom Consultants for the region, from recruitment strategy and hiring to people management and community matters. Prior to joining Axiom, Kirsty was an associate in DLA Piper’s Employment practice group and a legal counsel for Forever New. Kirsty graduated from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws in 2007 and was admitted as an Australian lawyer in 2008.
Mo Harvey - Member
Registered Foreign Lawyer - Maples and Calder
Mo joined Maples and Calder as a Registered Foreign Lawyer in 2014. She focuses her practice on commercial litigation & dispute resolution, corporate and finance law and insolvency & corporate restructuring. Previously, she worked in the corporate and litigation departments of A&L Goodbody in Dublin, where she trained as a solicitor. She is admitted as a solicitor in Ireland and England & Wales.
Amy Viklund - Member
Assistant Manager, Client Relationship - Baker McKenzie
As a client-facing key account manager, Amy manages some of the firm’s most aspirational next-generation global clients at Baker McKenzie. She received her master degree in business administration from Stockholm University.
Amy Tye is the Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility Officer 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.
Amy Tye - Member, Flexible Work
Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility Officer - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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.
Tinny Ip - Member, Women@Lunch
Head of Business Development - Stephenson Harwood
Jacqueline Cheung - Member
Legal Secretary - Herbert Smith Freehills
Jacqueline currently works as a legal secretary in the area of financial services regulatory, dispute resolution, corporate crime and business development at Herbert Smith Freehills. 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.
Kerensa Preedy-Houston - Member
Business Development Manager - Oldham, Li & Nie
Kerensa is the Business Development Manager at Oldham, Li & Nie where she has responsibility for all the business development and marketing activity for the firm. Kerensa moved back to Hong Kong from the UK in 2016.