Recognized investment management attorney Geoffrey Chan has joined the firm as a partner to lead our Asia Pacific investment management practice. He is based in our Hong Kong office.
Mr. Chan, previously a partner and head of the Asia private investment funds practice at another global law firm, focuses on the formation and structuring of Asia-based U.S. dollar-denominated private investment funds, particularly in Greater China. Fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, he regularly represents sponsors and investors of a wide variety of fund types, ranging from private equity and venture capital to co-investment and real estate funds. Mr. Chan advises on issues including fundraising and holding company structuring, as well as internal fund issues and investment activities.
"Geoff's extensive experience advising private funds and investors, and his deep understanding of the Asia Pacific market, will be extremely valuable," said Michael Gisser, head of Skadden's Asia Pacific practice. "Combined with our global corporate, M&A and regulatory capabilities, Geoff's background puts us in a position to offer comprehensive advice to investment funds from formation to exit."
"We are excited to have Geoff join our firm and become an integral part of our China practice," said Julie Gao, head of Skadden's China practice. "Geoff's fund formation experience will augment our existing full-service capabilities to meet the demands of sponsors and investors interested in forming funds and other investment vehicles to invest in China as well as other global markets."
"Skadden's exceptional platform complements my practice extremely well," said Mr. Chan. "I look forward to working alongside such a talented and dedicated team of lawyers."
Named one of the "Top 15 Lawyers Under 40" by Asian Legal Business in 2013, Mr. Chan is recognized as a leading investment funds lawyer by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific, as well as several other legal publications and directories. Prior to attending law school, he was an investment banker and financial analyst at a major global investment bank. Mr. Chan is a member of the New York bar and a member of the Law Society of Hong Kong. He received his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School in 2004 and a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto in 1998.