Ince Co further strengthens its transactional capability with two significant hires in Hong Kong

News / / Hong Kong

International law firm Ince Co is pleased to announce the appointment of Balbir Bindra as partner and Yeon Jin Seong as of counsel in Hong Kong Balbir joined Ince Co on 4 January 2016 His recruitment follows that of Yeon Jin who joined the firm in November 2015Balbir is a banking and finance lawyer, with broad experience in the energy, asset-based finance and investment sectors in senior roles, both in the private sector and as a partner at major international law firms He has been recognised by a number of leading legal publications including Chambers Asia, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Euromoney, as a leading lawyer for Structured Finance His experience includes advising energy companies, financial institutions, investment funds and multilaterals on cross-border asset, project and structured finance transactions relating to energy, natural resources, transportation and industrial equipment Balbir also advises on structured debt capital markets and investment fund transactions, advising underwriters, issuers and investors on corporate bonds, convertibles, exchangeable bonds, repackagings and asset-backed productsYeon Jin is a US qualified lawyer specialising in corporateMA, private equity, project finance, banking and capital markets work He is heavily involved in developing Ince Co's Korea practice together with partner Kijong Nam The firm already advises a number of major Korean companies and sees Korea as a country with future growth potentialThe recruitment of Balbir and Yeon Jin forms part of Ince Co's agreed strategy to enhance its transactional capability in its core sectors of shipping, aviation, energy, insurance and international trade The firm recently promoted corporate and finance specialists Beatrice Russ (London), Christopher Quandt (Hamburg) and Devandran Karunakaran (Singapore) to partner Furthermore, the firm recently recruited corporate partner Paul-Emmanuel Benachi (Shanghai), together with transactional insurance partner Jennifer Donohue, aviation finance partner Will Cooper and transactional superyacht partner Duncan Bateson (all London)Jan Heuvels, Ince Co's International Senior Partner, commentedThe recruitment of Balbir and Yeon Jin provides further evidence of the progress that we are making in achieving our key strategic objective of growing our transactional capability to complement our leading contentious reputation in our chosen sectors and geographiesDavid Beaves, Ince Co's Managing Partner in Hong Kong, commentedBalbir's and Yeon Jin's experience and knowledge of the Asian market adds further strength to our transactional offering across the region and provides us with exciting prospects for growth We are delighted that they decided to join usBalbir joins Ince Co from CEC North Star Energy Limited, where he served as Executive Director, Legal Affairs He was previously a partner in the Hong Kong offices of the law firms Locke Lord and Sidley Austin and was the Head of Sidley Austin's International Finance Group, Hong Kong Yeon Jin joined Ince Co from the law firm Dechert and has previously worked at leading international firms Paul Hastings, Simpson Thacher Bartlett and Linklaters

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