Akin Gump Announces Additional Partners in London and Hong Kong

(London) – International law firm Akin Gump is pleased to announce that four partners in the corporate, restructuring and funds practices will be joining the firm in London and Hong Kong from Bingham McCutchen:

  • Vance Chapman (corporate, London)
  • Thomas John Holton (funds, London)
  • Matthew Puhar (corporate, Hong Kong)
  • Thiha Tun (funds, London)

These practitioners join 22 partners from Bingham McCutchen who, as announced on September 17, will be joining Akin Gump in London, Hong Kong and Frankfurt over the coming weeks. (Click here to read “London and Frankfurt Offices of Bingham McCutchen to Join Akin Gump.”)

Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith said, “We were thrilled with our announcement last week, and the chance to welcome these additional stellar lawyers further reinforces this outstanding opportunity. Their accomplishments and strengths have been widely recognized over the years, but, more importantly, the results they have obtained for their clients are the true proof of their excellence. This continued expansion of our capabilities and services in these critical markets is further evidence of our commitment to the development of a truly robust international platform that plays to our strengths and benefits our clients.”

Sebastian Rice, partner in charge of Akin Gump’s London office, noted, "The arrival of this team will undoubtedly be of great benefit to our top-flight London funds practice and enhance our globally recognized corporate team.  Their hugely valuable experience base, cross-border reach and close collaborative ties with the larger group joining us will deploy the firm’s recognized market-leading capabilities even more effectively to established and emerging markets.”

Vance Chapman focuses his practice on M&A and equity offerings and investments and, additionally, has significant restructuring knowledge and experience. John Holton’s practice focuses on investment managers and the launching and restructuring of private equity and hedge funds. Matthew Puhar’s practice concentrates on, among other transactions, public and private cross-border corporate, corporate finance and restructuring deals. Thiha Tun focuses primarily on private investment funds for sponsors globally.

The previously announced 22-partner group, which will be arriving at Akin Gump in the coming weeks, comprises a top-ranked European and Asian financial restructuring practice, led by partners James Roome, Barry Russell and James Terry, that will meld with Akin Gump’s acclaimed U.S. restructuring practice, as well as esteemed practitioners in corporate, finance, litigation, regulatory, tax and antitrust..

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 attorneys in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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