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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP continues Hong Kong growth with the relocation of Real Estate Partner

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is delighted to continue the growth of its Hong Kong offering with the relocation of Real Estate Partner Simon Green to lead the firm’s focus in Asia.

Simon, who previously led the firm’s Dubai office, is a real estate specialist with particular expertise advising on both commercial and residential investment, as well as large scale mixed use developments. He will become the firm’s Head of Real Estate, Hotels & Hospitality for Asia and the Middle East.

Simon’s relocation follows the recruitment of a Private Wealth and Commercial Real Estate team, led by Silvia On and Ian Devereux, who join the firm on 21 April and 3 May 2021 respectively.

Silvia is a private client specialist, with extensive experience advising high-net-worth individuals and families with their succession and estate planning, including the preparation of wills, advising on the setting up of trust structures, advising on family governance issues and dealing with Hong Kong probate issues. She also regularly assists ultra-high net worth clients and family offices with a wide range of issues, including the setting up of PTC structures and charitable organisations. She is a fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin speaker. Silvia joins the firm with Jovanne Zee (Senior Associate) and Ian Yeung (Associate). Carmen Liu (Legal Manager) will also join the firm on 17 May 2021.

Ian specialises in private client work, assisting individuals and families in Hong Kong on a variety of issues ranging from wills and probate to complex trust structures to achieve family governance, succession and estate planning objectives. He also advises on real estate work, acting for clients in acquisitions, dispositions and leasing of commercial, industrial and residential properties in Hong Kong and mainland China.

Simon Green, Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys says:

"The arrival of Silvia, Ian and their teams will complement our existing successful private wealth practice in Hong Kong and will instantly make us one of the leading international private advisory teams in the region. In addition to that, we are expanding our offering by adding both local and international real estate capabilities to the office.

"Our new hires combined with the relocation of our office to new premises in one of the most prestigious locations in Hong Kong. It will set us up perfectly to pursue our ambitious strategy in the region, as we look to attract the best local talent and accelerate the growth of our offering."

Silvia On says:

"Charles Russell Speechlys boasts an excellent reputation in the private wealth industry and I am excited to join the firm with my team at what is an exciting time for the firm as it continues with its international growth strategy."

These latest hires build upon the firm’s local registration with the Hong Kong Law Society in November 2021, the arrival of Ray Ng who joined as a Private Wealth Disputes International Partner in November and will be accompanied by an office move in June 2021 when the office will move to a larger premises at Two Pacific Place.


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