Shearman & Sterling re-hires Wanda Woo

Woo's return strengthens the firm’s capital markets offering in Asia

Shearman & Sterling re-hires Wanda Woo

Global law firm Shearman & Sterling has announced the appointment of Wanda Woo as a capital markets partner in Hong Kong. Her return adds to the firm’s capital markets offering in the Asian market, and further strengthens its global platform.

Woo was previously an associate at Shearman & Sterling for seven years from 2011 to 2018. During the past four years, she held partner roles, first at Kirkland & Ellis, and subsequently at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Woo brings extensive experience advising on capital markets transactions in Hong Kong including initial public offerings, share placings, rights offerings and bond offerings, as well as regulatory and compliance matters. Her clients include leading investment banks and companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She has also advised clients on mergers and acquisitions transactions under Hong Kong law.

“I am humbled to re-join Shearman & Sterling’s stellar capital markets practice and work with my long-time mentors who are now my fellow partners,” said Woo. “I am committed to further enhancing the firm’s presence in Asian markets and advising clients on market leading transactions as part of the outstanding team in Hong Kong.”

This marks the 27th lateral hire for Shearman & Sterling in the last 12 months. Other recent lateral hires for the firm include Stephen Gruendel, a finance partner in New York, as well as London partners Maegen Morrison, mergers & acquisitions, and Matthew Skinner, international arbitration. Woo’s appointment also follows further practice group and regional lateral hires over the last year including capital markets partner Emily Leitch in Houston, and David Clinch, project development & finance partner in Singapore. In addition, M&A partner Richard Porter relocated to Singapore.

“Wanda’s strong reputation for excellence in the Asian market will be a tremendous asset as we continue to strengthen and grow our reputable capital markets practice in the region and add to our robust global corporate and finance offerings,” said David Beveridge, senior partner at Shearman & Sterling. “Wanda’s return to Shearman & Sterling is key to our continued execution of our long-term growth strategy, focused on strengthening our business mix by aligning with market opportunities in key geographies.”

Lorna Chen, Asia Regional Managing Partner and Head of Greater China, added: “Having known Wanda for many years, I am delighted for her to re-join our well-regarded capital markets team in Hong Kong. Wanda’s expertise, enthusiasm and wide-ranging practice fit seamlessly with our regional and global platform as we continue to strengthen our presence in Asia and beyond.”

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