Having already announced a double partner promotion in Hong Kong at the start of the year Slaughter and May today (23 July) announced that Hong Kong corporate associate Charlton Tse has been made up to partner, marking the tenth promotion of 2014 and the highest number since 2000.
Tse, who is Hong Kong and English law-qualified, has been tasked with developing the firm’s corporate and investment banking client relationships in both Hong Kong and China. His promotion follows Hong Kong capital markets lawyer Clara Choi and competition specialist Natalie Yeung. The Magic Circle firm also made up seven London-based associates in March.
Tse, who has worked at both Latham & Watkins and A&O, previously served as in-house counsel with Japanese financial institution Nomura.
Hong Kong has seen significant investment from the 704-lawyer firm and Tse becomes the firm’s thirteenth partner in the 58-staff office, following its first-ever lateral hire of securities lawyer John Moore from Morrison & Foerster, where he was co-head of China capital markets.
Tse is best known at the firm for his work advising CR Gas, alongside corporate partner Benita Yu, on the $7bn proposed merger with CR Power to form one flagship energy group under China Resources, which collapsed last year.
Christopher Saul, senior partner of Slaughter and May, said: ‘Charlton’s promotion to the partnership reflects his excellent contribution to our Asia practice. He will play an important role in developing the firm’s corporate and investment banking client relationships in both HK and the PRC.’