New hire with specialist knowledge underscores Firm’s emphasis on leveraging the demand for legal advice on cross border transactions with both Chinese and Asian clients
Leading international law firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing strengthens its Corporate Practice with the appointment of Mr Wee Jee Kin as a Partner, effective 4 July 2017.
Jee Kin joins RHTLaw Taylor Wessing from a China-based oil and gas / infrastructure conglomerate where he served as Group Head of Legal overseeing a team comprising lawyers from China, France and Singapore. Prior to his five-year stint in the China-based company, he was Head of Group Legal & Company Secretary of public-listed company, Hanwell Holdings Limited.
With a legal career spanning 25 years, Jee Kin has substantial merger and acquisition (M&A) experience in the international arena, and also has significant expertise in commodities, healthcare, petroleum products, technology and telecommunications. Many transactions he has handled were cross-border with geographical coverage in Asia, United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is also experienced in corporate governance and the Singapore Exchange (SGX) Listing rules.
Azman Jaafar, Head of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Corporate Practice and also its Deputy Managing Partner, added, “Jee Kin’s addition to the Corporate Practice is in line with our strategy of diving deeper into Greater China. Not only does he have fundamental credentials in the region, he brings with him the added perspectives of how business owners operate having headed various in-house legal teams. I look forward to working with Jee Kin as we continue to expand our presence in Asia. With his unique skill sets, Jee Kin will be an important asset for our ASEAN Plus M&A team as demand for legal services in cross-border transactions grow this year.”
Jee Kin has a broad range of experience in investment and development projects in China. He has acted as a point of liaison for Chinese subcontractors including State Owned Enterprises on infrastructure contracts for Africa, and led negotiations on property and commercial acquisitions in China. He has also been a Director of a China-based company, ASA Holdings Ltd since 2011.
Jee Kin’s arrival follows the appointment of Ben Constance and Gilad Shay, who joined the Firm’s Corporate practice in February 2017.
Jee Kin graduated from University of Hull in the United Kingdom in 1989. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Bar in Singapore in 1991. In 2003, he obtained his LL.M in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in the United Kingdom and was called to the Bar in Queensland, Australia in 2004.
This press release is featured in the following news reports:
“RHTLaw plucks corporate partner from oil and energy MNC” – Asian Legal Business, 1 August 2017
“Corporate Move” – The Edge, 14 August 2017