Partner With Strong Banking and Restructuring Experience Joins Latham & Watkins in Hong Kong

Latham adds experienced finance partner with strong ties to banking and business communities in Hong Kong and mainland China.

January 20, 2014

Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce that Howard Lam has joined the firm’s Hong Kong office as a partner in the Finance Department. Lam’s practice focuses on banking, cross-border debt restructuring and insolvency work, and complex financing transactions. Lam has advised banks, private equity funds and corporates in Hong Kong and mainland China on high profile financings and restructurings across Asia and Europe.

Lam has extensive experience advising on a broad range of finance and insolvency matters, including leveraged acquisition financings, onshore/offshore syndicated loans, China outbound cross-border financings, pre-IPO financings, margin financings, debt capital market issuance, and bank/bondholders led debt restructurings and liquidations. He has practiced in both Hong Kong and London where he has gained significant cross-border experience.

Michael Liu, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Hong Kong, commented: “Howard is a great fit for our Hong Kong finance practice. In addition to his technical knowledge, Howard has particular strength in understanding the markets and needs of clients in Asia and has the ability to apply international experience in a broad range of finance transactions. Many of us are old colleagues of Howard and we are really looking forward to having him on board.”

“Howard will further strengthen our Asian finance practice and will broaden our expertise across the region including in the Hong Kong and China markets. He is well known to a number of our clients. He is a very talented partner with terrific judgment and a sharp legal mind. Over the years, Howard has developed strong relationships in the banking and restructuring communities in Asia which is a testament to his work ethic and commercial expertise,” added David Miles, Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Asia practice.

"Latham & Watkins has enjoyed impressive success in Asia and it has a strong reputation in the area of finance in the region and globally. As clients increasingly look for cross-border experience, Latham’s global, integrated platform provides a unique offering of expertise which will continue to give its clients the edge to compete in the business world today,” said Lam.

Lam joins Latham & Watkins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Hong Kong. He received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales in 1995, a Graduate Diploma in Law from Nottingham Trent University (BPP Law School) in 1996, PCLL and Master of Laws from the University of Hong Kong in 1997 and 2001 respectively and a Professional Certificate in Chinese Civil & Commercial Law from Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2005.

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Michael Liu, Hong Kong Office Managing Partner, +852.2912.2688
David Miles, Chair of the Asia Practice, +852.2912.2588

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