People Digest: CDC Group, Liquefy & Baker McKenzie make key hires

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In top appointments in the region, blockchain agnostic issuance platform Liquefy has appointed Jerome Chung to its advisory board while UK-based CDC Group has appointed a representative for its Nepal office. Meanwhile, global law firm Baker McKenzie has made three key hires for its Hong Kong office.

CDC Group appoints Nepal head

CDC Group, a UK-based development financial institution focused on South Asia and Africa, has appointed Rabi Rayamajhi as its country representative in Nepal, the company said in a statement.

Rayamajhi has joined the Department for International Development (DFID), which is the main shareholder of the CDC Group. At DFID, he led projects in the financial and SME sectors.

Prior to his role at DFID, Rayamajhi had a stint at the Investment Board of Nepal in promoting foreign investment and executing large-scale infrastructure projects in waste management, hydropower and cement sectors.

He began his career as a banker at Standard Chartered in Nepal and co-founded a management consulting firm.

Baker McKenzie makes three hires for HK office

Global law firm Baker McKenzie has appointed leveraged finance specialist Kenneth Ching, along with private equity expert Derek Poon as partners for Hong Kong office, the firm announced on its website.

Meanwhile, the firm also appointed Lex Kuo, who rejoined Baker McKenzie from Latham & Watkins, as media and entertainment lawyer.

“We firmly believe in the long-term growth of Hong Kong and China. These hires strengthen our capabilities in technology, debt financing and private equity as we look to grow with and support our clients now and for years to come,” Baker McKenzie managing partner Steven Sieker said.

Kenneth Ching has broad experience in advising banks, credit funds, alternative capital providers, private equity sponsors and corporate borrowers on myriad financing transactions.

Lex Kuo has been advising Chinese and international entertainment and media companies in co-financing, co-production and licensing of film and television titles, cross-border strategic cooperation, and acquisitions.

Derek Poon also has experience in advising private equity firms, investment banks and major corporations, including public and private M&A, private equity, joint ventures, real estate private equity and distressed M&A transactions.

HK-based Liquefy appoints Jerome Chung to advisory board

Blockchain agnostic issuance platform Liquefy has appointed Jerome Chung to its advisory board, the Hong Kong-based company said in a statement, the company said in a statement.

At Liquefy, Chung will be responsible for developing the company’s provision in blockchain technology solutions to an institutional level.

Chung, who has over 23 years of experience in investment management, professional services advisory, real estate, private equity, proptech and new ventures, is currently a partner at Generations, an international practice of specialist consultants.

Prior to this, he served as a partner in KPMG’s Deal Advisory team and was a director for BlackRock’s Asia Pacific real estate team.

 

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.