Weil Adds Private Equity Senior Counsel William Hay in Hong Kong

International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP announced today that William Hay has joined the Firm’s Hong Kong office as Senior Counsel.  Mr. Hay joins Weil from the Hong Kong office of Baring Private Equity Asia, a Weil client, where he served as General Counsel.

Executive Partner Barry Wolf said:  “We are very excited that Will is joining Weil.  He brings tremendous legal and business acumen and his addition will further strengthen our global platform and be of great value to our private equity clients in Asia and beyond.”

“Many of us have worked closely with Will during his time at Baring and we are delighted to welcome him to Weil,” said Akiko Mikumo, Weil’s Asia Managing Partner.  “He has a long tenure in Asia—with over 20 years of transactional experience throughout the region—and is widely recognized for his expertise in private equity across Asia Pacific.”

At Baring Private Equity Asia, Mr. Hay was responsible for all legal matters concerning the firm and its $10 billion under management, including the evaluation, completion, management and exit of portfolio investments, fund raising and general legal matters.  Prior to joining Baring in 2010, he served as General Counsel of Colony Capital Asia Pacific, a leading global real estate private equity firm, as well as General Counsel of GE Capital Asia Pacific, where he was responsible for all legal matters related to the growth of the GE Capital finance business across Asia.  Mr. Hay is fluent in both spoken and written Mandarin Chinese.

Mr. Hay commented: “I am excited to be joining Weil’s top-notch transactional practice in Asia and its talented team of lawyers, many of whom I know well and have worked with over the years.  Weil’s premier private equity platform is a great fit for me and I look forward to serving the Firm’s many clients in this region.”

About Weil’s Private Equity Practice

Weil’s global Private Equity practice is recognized by the industry as being one of only a very small number of elite, market leaders in this field.  Our clients include the majority of the largest and highest profile private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds, as well as family offices and other equity financial investors.  Weil advises more than 200 private equity clients worldwide, including 80% of the top 25, as ranked by PEI 300, 2016.  Our advice covers all aspects of the full life cycle of investments.

About Weil’s Asia Practice

Lawyers in our Asian offices regularly work together to support our clients’ needs on high stakes transactions in a number of different areas including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, international securities offerings, as well as joint ventures and restructuring.  These include domestic transactions in one jurisdiction and cross-border transactions that are impacted by multiple jurisdictions worldwide.  Weil advises a wide-range of Chinese and international clients on transactions across the entire Asia-Pacific region.  As China’s emerging influence on the world economy continues to grow, enormous opportunities for companies doing business in Asia have arisen.  Our Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing offices assist clients in meeting the growing demands and challenges our clients face in both local and cross-border Asian markets.

About Weil

Founded in 1931, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for more than 80 years.  With approximately 1,100 lawyers in offices on three continents, Weil has been a pioneer in establishing a geographic footprint that has allowed the Firm to partner with clients wherever they do business.  The Firm’s four departments, Corporate, Litigation, Business Finance & Restructuring, and Tax, Executive Compensation & Benefits, and more than two dozen practice groups are consistently recognized as leaders in their respective fields.