Mayer Brown announced today that leading investment funds partner, Paul Moloney, has joined its Corporate & Securities practice in Hong Kong, along with counsel, Helen Wang, and associate, Gigi Ma. They join from an international law firm in Hong Kong where Mr. Moloney led the Investment Funds and Asset Management team in Asia.

With extensive experience advising asset managers and financial institutions on both fund formation and regulatory issues in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ireland, and the Cayman Islands, the team are also active in the rapidly evolving area of digital assets.

"Paul has established a highly successful and diverse practice in Hong Kong, building a team that is uniquely able to advise on both fund formation, SFC licensing and regulatory issues across many of the key global fund jurisdictions. His arrival further bolsters our Corporate & Securities practice in Asia and perfectly complements our global Funds and Investment Management team of more than 100 lawyers," said Mark Uhrynuk, a Corporate & Securities partner in Hong Kong.

"Expanding the depth and breadth of our funds capabilities is a core strategic objective for the firm, ensuring that we remain in the vanguard of this dynamic market and add further value to our asset management and financial institutions client base.  Paul and his team are the embodiment of this strategy and more broadly complement the recent expansion of our Corporate & Securities practice in Asia," said Terence Tung, Senior Partner in Hong Kong.

Commenting on his team’s move, Mr. Moloney said: "Mayer Brown is one of the pre-eminent global law firms in Hong Kong, with an impressive asset management, financial institutions, and corporate client base. The opportunity to continue to develop my investment funds practice in Asia as part of an established and strategically important global platform was the logical progression for my team.”

Brief background information follows:

Paul Moloney – An investment funds partner with extensive experience, who counsels clients on the establishment of public and private investment funds in Hong Kong, various offshore jurisdictions and Europe (including UCITS and AIF’s). He also advises institutional investors on their investments into funds.

Mr. Moloney further assists clients in Hong Kong licensing matters in relation to the Securities and Futures Commission, the Department of Customs and Excise (Money Services Operator licenses), the Companies Registry (Trust and Corporate Services Licenses), and regulatory matters including managing and implementing large regulatory change projects, the acquisition of licensed entities, cross-border distribution of funds and the launch of innovative products such as ICO products, cryptocurrency businesses and robo-advisory platforms.