King & Spalding takes Clifford Chance PE head

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King & Spalding has attracted a heavy-hitting partner to its corner.

The US white-shoe firm has appointed Lee Taylor as partner and as head of its Asia-Pacific corporate practice.

Taylor joins from Clifford Chance, where he led the firm’s M&A group in Singapore and its private equity practice in Southeast Asia.

Taylor, who has more than 20 years of experience, has been in Southeast Asia for the last 15 years. He is an expert in M&A in a wide array of sectors, including insurance, healthcare, financial services, energy and private equity. His practice regularly sees him act for major companies, private equity houses, hedge funds, and sovereign wealth funds in various countries, including in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Vietnam.

“Lee complements our existing global transactional strengths, especially in areas such as financial institutions, healthcare and energy, and further enhances our expanding advisory platform for clients active in Asia,” said Keith M. Townsend, the global head of King & Spalding’s corporate practice. “We also share a number of international clients in common, which presents exciting prospects for cross-office collaborations in markets such as New York, London, Tokyo and Dubai.”

Taylor is the 11th partner in King & Spalding’s Singapore office, which opened in 2010 and now has 30 lawyers. Partner Meredith Redwine, a disputes expert, recently relocated from Atlanta to the office.

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