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O’Melveny’s Appointment of David Johnson as Head of Hong Kong Office Covered by Multiple PublicationsMay 21, 2012 O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s recent announcement that longtime capital markets partner David Johnson has relocated from Century City to head the Firm’s Hong Kong office was covered by Asian Legal Business, The Asset, Asian Venture Capital Journal, and Bloomberg Businessweek.
As noted in the Firm’s announcement, Johnson is a former global head of O’Melveny’s Transactions Department and brings to Hong Kong 25 years of experience representing corporations, funds, and investment banks in all aspects of capital formation, strategic advice, and restructuring involving the international financial markets. Specifically, Johnson has advised issuers, financial institutions, and investment funds on an array of complex public and private equity and debt capital markets offerings, and PIPE transactions for such global companies as Toyota Motor Credit Corp., International Lease Finance Corp., Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Avenue Capital, and Lions Gate Entertainment. Johnson also has handled a number of restructurings, including for companies in the financial services, retail, technology, media, telecommunications, and health care industries. Over the years he also has advised issuers and deal managers on a number of high-profile US IPOs of China-based companies such as Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited, ATA Inc., and Focus Media.
Statements made by Johnson and Bradley J. Butwin, chair of O’Melveny, also were included in the coverage.
“The Firm’s practice in Asia is one of our proudest achievements. Very few international firms can match the level of our offerings across China, Japan, India, Korea, Singapore, and Southeast Asia, and now with our new associated office, Indonesia,” Johnson said. “I’m excited to continue my work with our great team here in Asia, but now located in Hong Kong. I am looking forward to being even more involved in the great work we do for clients in the region.”
“Expanding our Hong Kong office capabilities and strengthening our capital markets practice are key components of our larger plans for growing O’Melveny’s presence in Asia and we’re fortunate to have Dave Johnson leading those efforts,” said Butwin. “D.J.’s experience helping clients with a broad range of corporate finance transactions and serving as a boardroom-level advisor will be important to increasing the breadth of offerings to our clients in Hong Kong and globally.”