Baker McKenzie is pleased to announce that seven lawyers across its global platform have been recognized at the 2022 IFLR Rising Stars Asia Pacific Awards. The awards recognize rising stars from across a wide array of practice areas throughout the region, including in-house emerging leaders.

The 2022 honorees are as follows:

  • Equity capital markets — Kullarat Phongsathaporn, Bangkok
    Kullarat is a partner in the Financial Services Practice Group and leads the Fintech team in the Bangkok office. Her practice focuses on advising fintech players (including financial institutions, tech companies, payment networks, fintech startups, telcos) across a range of issues, including e-payments, digital banking, online consumer finance, online money remittance, blockchain-based platforms, e-KYC, P2P lending, crowdfunding, robo-advisers, cryptocurrencies and regulated ICOs, among other things.
  • Project finance — Kim Hock Ang, Singapore
    Kim Hock is a principal in Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow's Finance & Projects Team in Singapore. Kim Hock focuses on the development and financing of greenfield infrastructure and petrochemical and energy projects (particularly LNG), as well as the acquisition and disposal of brownfield project assets. He advises on mining and commodities contracts, project documents such as construction, procurement routes, EPC and EPCM contracts, operation and maintenance contracts, offtake contracts, and equity-related contracts, such as joint venture agreements. He acts in a wide variety of financing transactions, project and trade finance, and restructurings.
  • Real estate — Kerrie Duong, Sydney
    Kerrie is a special counsel in the Commercial Real Estate Group in Sydney. She has extensive experience acting on sales, acquisitions and leasing of hotels and resorts, commercial properties and industrial properties in Australia. Kerrie is a highly skilled hotels lawyer and her expertise in this industry extends to negotiating and advising clients on hotel management agreements in the Asia Pacific region (including in Singapore, Japan and Indonesia), non-disturbance agreements, bifurcated ownership structures, hotels that form part of mixed-use developments and hotels with branded residence components.
  • Tax — Krystal Ng, Kuala Lumpur
    Krystal Ng is a partner in the Tax, Trade and Wealth Management Practice Group of Wong & Partners in Kuala Lumpur. Her primary focus is on tax and transfer pricing issues in the context of cross-border transactions, as well as post-mergers and acquisitions integration for multinational clients in a wide range of industries. Krystal's practice extends to the provision of strategic tax advice on a broad range of subjects, such as income tax, double tax treaties, withholding tax, real property gains tax, assisting with tax incentives and exemptions, as well as the planning and management of transfer pricing considerations to achieve an optimal and more tax-effective model on a domestic, regional or global level.
  • Transfer pricing — Koji Oshima, Tokyo
    Koji is a counsel in the Tax Practice in Tokyo, with extensive experience in international tax and transfer pricing matters. He advises multinational clients on utilizing advance pricing agreements, transfer pricing documentation projects and pricing research.
  • White-collar crime — Christine Cuthbert, Hong Kong
    Christine is a special counsel in the Hong Kong Disputes Practice, specializing in corporate crime and investigations. She has over 10 years' experience in all forms of contentious work, including cross-border investigations and litigation, as well as other corruption-related matters. She has acted for clients in disputes with regulators and other parties, both through litigation and different forms of dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation and complex negotiations.
  • White-collar crime and China Rising Star — Vivian Wu, FenXun Partners
    Vivian is a partner at FenXun Partners, the Chinese law firm with which Baker McKenzie has co-established the Baker McKenzie FenXun Joint Operation Office in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Vivian focuses on China-related corporate regulatory and compliance matters, particularly anti-corruption, antitrust and the environment. She is experienced in compliance investigations, due diligence, risk assessment and training.

For the full winners list, please visit the IFLR website.

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