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Tiang & Partners launches new investment funds practice with funds veteran hire

18 October 2021 

Tiang & Partners, an independent Hong Kong law firm which collaborates closely with PwC, announced today that Gaven Cheong, a leading funds lawyer in Hong Kong, has joined the firm as Head of Investment Funds.

Gaven joins from Simmons & Simmons Hong Kong. He has over 15 years of fund formation and Hong Kong regulatory experience. He centres his practice on the establishment and structuring of a diverse range of collective investment schemes including hedge funds, real estate funds, private equity arrangements, hybrid funds and other private investment structures, and the provision of regulatory advice in relation to investment management activity generally. He is also a pioneer in the crypto fund formation and regulatory advice space, having helped obtain the first regulatory licences in Hong Kong for the management of a fund of crypto funds and shortly after that, a pure virtual assets fund. Prior to becoming a funds lawyer, he was a contentious insolvency lawyer with two other international firms. Gaven is able to advise on the entire lifecycle of investment funds, from inception, restructuring through to termination.

Commenting on Gaven’s hire, Michelle Taylor, partner at Tiang & Partners and a member of PwC’s Global Legal Leadership Team, said: “We are delighted to welcome Gaven on board. Gaven is a very highly regarded lawyer in the funds industry and his practice is a perfect complement to the firm's broader range of funds services. His appointment also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to further develop our legal capabilities in Hong Kong and Mainland China.”

Gaven added: “I am really pleased to join Tiang & Partners. The firm has an impressive financial services and corporate capability, collaborating closely with other disciplines at PwC. My fund formation and regulatory practice, in particular, is uniquely placed to find specific synergies with the tax, accounting, deals and crypto advisory practices, and the ability to provide clients with an end-to-end, integrated business solution will make for a very powerful offering indeed.  I look forward to growing the firm’s presence in the funds and regulatory practices, and helping the wider network cement its dominance in the financial services and asset and wealth management space.”  

Gaven is a widely recognised lawyer in the funds industry, having been listed in Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and Who’s Who Legal. Gaven received his Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance), LL.B. (Hons) and LL.M. (Distinction) from the University of Western Australia. He is qualified to practise in Western Australia, Hong Kong and England & Wales. He is fluent in English and Cantonese, and conversant in Mandarin.

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