Kirkland & Ellis Boosts Global Restructuring Practice in Hong Kong
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Summary: Kirkland & Ellis makes two key hires for its Global Restructuring Practice group in Hong Kong, enhancing their market positioning in Asia.

Kirkland & Ellis announced this week of two key hires in its Global Restructuring Practice in Hong Kong. The first is Neil McDonald who was the head of the Business Restructuring and Insolvency practice for Hogan Lovells in Hong Kong. And the second hire is Damien Coles, who was also a partner in Hogan Lovells’ Hong Kong office.


Neil McDonald is a globally recognized restructuring attorney. His recent work includes: advising the Steering Committee of bondholders in relation to defaults of US$1.8 billion of bonds issued by Sino-Forest Corporation; advising the liquidators of Titan Group Investment Limited in relation to the sale of assets for value in excess of US $300 million; advising the bondholder group in relation to China Forestry Holdings Co Ltd.; and advising a number of financial institutions in relation to the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Speaking on McDonald joining the firm, Nicholas Norris, partner in Kirkland’s Corporate Practice Group in the Hong Kong office said, “Neil is an ideal fit for Kirkland as we continue to build out our capabilities and platform in Asia.”

On Coles’s arrival with McDonald, Norris said, “Damien’s arrival is further evidence of our commitment to providing clients in Asia with a full spectrum of legal services delivered by the best lawyers in the region.”

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Both McDonald and Coles has been recognized numerous times by the industry for their work. Kirkland informed in their news release that Coles has been identified as a leading restructuring lawyer by Chambers Asia-Pacific and IFLR1000, with IFLR noting that “Damien is an outstanding restructuring lawyer.”

McDonald has been recognized as a leading individual by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers Asia-Pacific, PLC and IFLR1000, which called him the “market leader” in Hong Kong restructuring and insolvency.



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