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Hong Kong Partners and Counsel

Michael Ceulen - Partner - Headshot
Michael Ceulen - Partner

Michael Ceulen is a Partner in Simpson Thacher’s Hong Kong office and a member of the Firm’s Private Funds Practice. He specializes in the organization, structuring and operation of global private equity funds, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Having worked in both Simpson Thacher’s New York and London offices before relocating to the Hong Kong office in 2014, Michael is able to offer clients an international perspective. He has extensive experience advising on fundraisings across numerous asset classes, including buyout, growth, real estate, credit, co-investment arrangements and separately managed accounts.

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Marjory Ding - Partner

Based in Simpson Thacher’s Hong Kong office, Marjory Ding is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Practice, where she focuses on capital markets. She has extensive experience advising clients on a wide variety of public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, as well as in providing counseling concerning corporate governance and other issues.

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Daniel Fertig - Partner Based in China, Partner Daniel Fertig focuses his practice on a mix of equity and debt securities offerings, as well as M&A transactions. His work on securities offerings includes U.S. registered offerings and Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings. The issuers he represents are based both in mainland China and in Taiwan. He also advises public companies on corporate governance and regulatory matters. Daniel is fluent in Mandarin. Before joining the bar, he studied Mandarin in Beijing and Taiwan, and worked as a translator overseas. He holds an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Columbia.
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Adam C. Furber - Partner

Adam Furber is Head of the Firm’s Asia Investment Funds Practice and among the leading fund formation lawyers in Asia. Fluent in multiple languages and having lived on four continents, Adam brings a uniquely international perspective to his work. He has been recognized as a “Global Elite Thought Leader” in fund formation by Who’s Who Legal Global Elite 2019. Adam has also been recognized as a leading funds lawyers by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Legal 500 and IFLR1000. Simpson Thacher’s Asia Investment Funds Practice has won numerous awards, including “Investment Funds Firm of the Year” at the 2019 and 2017 Asia Legal Awards and 2019 Asia Legal Business Japan Awards, and “Asia Fund Formation Firm of the Year 2018” by Private Equity International.

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Yi Gao - Partner Yi Gao is Partner in Simpson Thacher’s Hong Kong office and a member of the Firm’s Corporate Department, where he focuses on capital markets transactions. His varied practice includes advising clients on SEC-registered offerings, Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings and listings in New York and Hong Kong for China-based companies from various industries. He also advises these companies in their pre-IPO and post-IPO financings and investments as well as various general corporate and regulatory matters. He is qualified in three jurisdictions, PRC, New York and Hong Kong.
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Makiko Harunari - Partner

Based in Simpson Thacher’s Hong Kong office, Makiko Harunari is the Head of the Firm’s Asia Banking and Credit Practice. Makiko concentrates on complex cross-border financing transactions throughout the Asia-Pacific region, representing prominent financial sponsors, corporate borrowers, international financial institutions and private credit funds. Her practice includes a broad mix of acquisition finance, real estate finance, fund finance, back-leverage, direct lending and other innovative financing products. Makiko regularly advises institutional clients such as KKR, Blackstone and SoftBank, and has extensive industry experience across real estate, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, technology and industrials.

Named to China Business Law Journal’s “The A-List,” Makiko has also been recognized as a highly regarded lawyer and leader by recent editions of IFLR1000, a notable practitioner by Chambers Asia-Pacific, a leading individual by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, and was previously named a “Rising Star” in Banking by Super Lawyers. Simpson Thacher’s Banking and Credit Practice was also honored as part of China Business Law Journal’s 2021 China Business Law Awards.

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Ian C. Ho - Partner A Partner in the Firm’s Hong Kong office, Ian Ho focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions. He advises public and private corporations, private equity firms and other clients on complex cross-border transactions throughout the Asia-Pacific Region.  Since relocating to Hong Kong from our New York office in 2007, Ian’s diverse practice encompasses acquisitions, dispositions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, and minority and strategic investments, among other corporate matters. Ian’s recent clients have included Alibaba, Ant Financial, Apax, Blackstone, Citigroup Global Markets, Fountainvest, KKR and Silver Lake.
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Jonathan Hwang - Partner

Jonathan Hwang is Partner in the Firm’s Real Estate Practice, where he counsels private equity firms and corporations on acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures, with a focus on real estate-related transactions throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Jonathan speaks English and Mandarin.

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Anthony D. King - Partner Based in our New York office, Anthony King focuses on corporate acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and other M&A transactions across various industries, with significant experience in private equity and real estate and real estate-intensive M&A transactions. Anthony’s recent transactions include the representation of Blackstone Inc. and a number of its funds on a variety of transactions. Anthony practiced in the Firm’s Hong Kong office from 2013 through 2020 and continues to have an active practice representing private equity clients and their portfolio companies in M&A transactions across the Asia-Pacific region. 
Jin Hyuk Park - Partner - Headshot
Jin Hyuk Park - Partner Jin Hyuk Park has extensive M&A and capital markets experience in Korea, China and the rest of Asia. Jin’s M&A work includes buyouts and minority investments representing both private equity and strategic clients, and his capital markets transactions include IPOs and Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings representing both blue-chip companies as well as leading investment banks. Jin also leads the Firm’s Korea Practice. Jin has been recognized by both Chambers Global and Chambers Asia for his expertise in both M&A and capital markets.
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Christopher Wong - Partner Partner and Head of the China Practice, Christopher Wong has a breadth of experience in capital markets, public and private M&As, transactions involving private equity and regulatory compliance.
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David Yun - Senior Counsel

With extensive experience advising on a wide variety of high-profile transactions for clients across Asia, David Yun is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Hong Kong office. Large corporations, private equity sponsors and financial institutions alike turn to David for guidance on a broad range of corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and related corporate finance transactions. He also has experience advising on structured and debt financings, corporate governance and various securities offerings.

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Carol Chan - Counsel

Based in the Firm’s Hong Kong office, Carol Chan is a member of the Capital Markets Practice. She represents issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings and various securities offerings in Hong Kong. She also provides mergers and acquisitions and securities law compliance advice for issuer clients.

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Kai Fan - Counsel

Kai Fan is a member of the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice. Based in the Firm’s Hong Kong office, he regularly represents issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings in the United States and Hong Kong. Kai also advises companies in their pre- and post-IPO financings and investments, and in various corporate and regulatory matters.

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Rick (Xiaodan) Wei - Counsel

Counsel based in Simpson Thacher’s Hong Kong office, Rick Wei is a member of the Banking and Credit Practice. Rick advises on cross-border financing transactions throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining the Firm in 2020, Rick worked at leading international law firms in Hong Kong and Australia, as well as an international bank in Sydney. He has extensive experience advising on acquisition and leveraged finance, real estate finance, project finance, margin finance, fund finance, private credit, back-leverage transactions and other corporate finance transactions.