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Leading international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has hired banking partner Ellen Mao as part of its continued expansion in Asia.

An alumna of Herbert Smith Freehills and fluent in Mandarin, Ellen advises international, Asian and particularly China clients on syndicated lending, cross-border financing, insolvency work and complex project financing.

"Ellen has a strong record of advising both international and Chinese banks and financial institutions," said Adrian Cheng, Herbert Smith Freehills' Asia head of finance. "Her technical expertise combined with her blend of international and China experience make her an excellent addition to our team."

Ellen will be based in Hong Kong but will work with the firm's corporate, infrastructure, energy and finance practices across Asia and beyond, working locally alongside established Hong Kong partner Alexander Aitken.

"Ellen's outstanding combination of international and Chinese finance experience will help us to meet growing client demand, especially from the host of significant financial institutions based in Greater China," said Asia managing partner May Tai. "She also adds vital restructuring expertise to our Asia practice, complementing our established lending offering to clients."



A Shanghai native, Ellen is fluent in Mandarin and English. She received a bachelor's degree in law from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, a master's degree in law from Fudan University, and a master's degree in law from Columbia University in New York.

Ellen started her career as an associate at JunHe Law Offices in Shanghai, before joining Clifford Chance in 2010. She joined Herbert Smith Freehills in Hong Kong in 2017, and moved to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison as counsel in late 2020.

She was admitted to the PRC Bar in 2009 (non-practicing) and to the New York State Bar in 2016, and qualified in England & Wales in 2020.

Ellen's title in Hong Kong will be Senior Foreign Registered Lawyer – USA – New York to meet local regulatory requirements.



史密夫斐尔迎来合伙人茅悦蕾加入 扩充中国融资业务

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国际领先的律师事务所史密夫斐尔迎来融资业务合伙人茅悦蕾(Ellen Mao)加入,进一步扩张亚洲地区业务。


史密夫斐尔亚洲融资业务主管合伙人Adrian Cheng表示:“茅律师在为国际和中国的银行和金融机构提供法律咨询方面保持着优秀履历。她具备的专业能力,以及覆盖国际和中国市场的丰富经验,令她成为团队一名出色的新成员。”

茅悦蕾律师将常驻香港,与香港办公室资深合伙人魏德勤律师(Alexander Aitken)通力协作,并将与本所亚洲和其他地区的公司事务、基础设施、能源和融资业务团队合作。

史密夫斐尔亚洲区管理合伙人戴枫媚(May Tai)表示:“茅律师在融资业务方面完美集合了国际市场和中国市场的经验,将帮助我们满足不断增长的客户需求,特别是来自大中华区许多重要金融机构的需求。同时她还为我们的亚洲业务带来了重组方面的顾问能力,令我们现有的融资咨询服务得到了重要补充。”






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Ellen Mao

Senior Foreign Registered Lawyer (USA – New York), Hong Kong

Ellen Mao
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Alexander Aitken

Partner, Hong Kong

Alexander Aitken
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Adrian Cheng

Partner, Singapore

Adrian Cheng
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May Tai

Consultant, Hong Kong

May Tai

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