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O’Melveny Adds Ke Geng as Partner in Capital Markets Practice in Beijing

January 24, 2011

 

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BEIJING, CHINA ─ JANUARY 24, 2011 O’Melveny & Myers LLP announced today that Ke Geng will join the Firm as a partner in the Capital Markets Practice. He will be based in O’Melveny’s Beijing office.

 

Geng possesses considerable experience representing major international corporate clients in cross-border corporate finance transactions, with a particular focus on public offerings.  He has steered companies through public offerings, strategic investments, stock listings, bonds and securities sales, and loan portfolio sales. Among his most recent high-profile engagements, Geng represented Youku.com, a leading online video company in China, in its US$233 million initial public offering and listing on the New York Stock Exchange in December of 2010. It posted the largest first-day gain (161%) for US IPOs in five years. He also represented China CITIC Bank in its US$5.4 billion IPO and dual listing in Hong Kong and Shanghai, one of the world’s largest IPOs in 2007.

 

Geng received a B.S. degree from Beijing University in 1994; a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Biology from New York University in 1997 and 2001, respectively; and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 2003.  A native of China, Geng speaks fluent Mandarin and English and is admitted to practice law in New York.

 

"As a corporate practitioner who is native to the PRC with extensive experience structuring and completing transactions, Ke is an important addition to our Capital Markets Practice," said Howard Chao, chair of the O’Melveny & Myers Asia Practice.  “His diverse skills in all areas of finance will augment the wide range of services we already offer to leading corporations and financial institutions in China and around the globe.”

 

"Clients are looking for seamless legal advice on financial transactions that cross borders and cultures, as their businesses transcend both," Geng said. "O'Melveny's talented Capital Markets group has been at the forefront of providing such service to a long list of publicly listed corporations, emerging companies, large financial institutions, and private equity and venture capital firms in China, Hong Kong, and the US for over a decade, and I look forward to contributing to that effort."

 

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With approximately 900 lawyers in 14 offices worldwide, O’Melveny & Myers LLP helps industry leaders across a broad array of sectors manage the complex challenges of succeeding in the global economy. We are a values-driven law firm, guided by the principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship. Our commitment to these values is reflected in our dedication to improving access to justice through pro bono work and championing initiatives that increase the diversity of the legal profession. For more information, please visit www.omm.com

 

About O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s Asia Practice

O'Melveny & Myers LLP began its practice in Asia nearly 25 years ago, and over this time we have become one of the most respected and full-service legal service providers in the region.  The Firm maintains large offices in the most important political and commercial centers of Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo.  Most of our lawyers are native to the region, understand the local law and business practices, speak the local languages, and, most importantly, function as an integrated team that taps the Firm’s vast resources in Asia and globally, delivering value and expediency to its clients.  The China practice is widely and frequently recognized as one of the strongest on the market.  The Japan practice has been recommended by The Legal 500 and Chambers Global for corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and dispute resolution work.  Our newest office in Singapore, opened in 2008, has grown rapidly and is a hub for corporate, finance, and private equity work for the entire South and Southeast Asia region.  For more information, please visit www.omm.com.