17 June 2019

Carey Olsen launches Hong Kong corporate practice with lateral partner hire

Carey Olsen has appointed Michael Padarin as a corporate partner in its Hong Kong office.

Michael, who practises British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Cayman Islands law, will spearhead the development of Carey Olsen's new corporate offering in Hong Kong. He specialises in the formation, operation and restructuring of private investment funds, primarily private equity and venture capital funds, and their related fund sponsor vehicles. He also has significant experience representing early and later stage companies in a range of industries, including fintech, life sciences and technology, in relation to private financings, listings, cross-border investments and other M&A transactions.

The addition of a corporate offering in Hong Kong builds on the existing dispute resolution and insolvency practice as well as the corporate team in Carey Olsen's Singapore office.

Prior to joining Carey Olsen, Michael was a partner in the Cayman Islands office of another offshore law firm for seven years, having previously spent more than four years in its Hong Kong office. He is recognised in the most recent edition of Chambers and Partners Global where he is described as someone valued for his 'pragmatic approach and extensive knowledge of Cayman Islands fund issues'.

Michael said: "I am looking forward to joining Carey Olsen and the opportunity to build the firm's corporate practice in Hong Kong, an important part of the broader Asian market I know very well. The firm has already established a strong reputation in Asia for top quality offshore corporate legal services out of its Singapore office and that is a great platform to build on in Hong Kong."

Alex Ohlsson, group managing partner for Carey Olsen, commented: "We see the addition of a corporate practice in Hong Kong as an important next step in the development of our legal services to Asian-based clients. Our Hong Kong and Singapore offices have enjoyed great success since their respective launches and we're delighted that Michael has chosen to join us and to contribute to our continued growth in Asia. He is a tremendous corporate lawyer with a strong reputation in the offshore sector and someone who knows the Hong Kong market very well."