People digest: Taubman appoints new Asia president; MoFo adds HK partner

Paul Wright.

Taubman Centers has appointed Paul Wright as president of its Asia operations, while law firm Morrison & Foerster has appointed a new partner for global private funds in Hong Kong.

Taubman Centers appoints Paul Wright as president at Taubman Asia 

US-based real estate investment trust Taubman Centers has announced that it has appointed Paul Wright to lead its Asia operations, replacing Peter Sharp.

Sharp, who resigned as the president of Taubman Asia, had held the position since January 2017.

Wright, who recently held a position as an executive vice president and global head of leasing, will be officially promoted as the president of Taubman Asia by January 1, 2020.

He will relocate to Hong Kong and report to Taubman chairman, president and CEO Robert Taubman.

“Paul’s significant relationships with global retailers and partners, and his knowledge of the Asia market has been an important part of our business in the U.S. and abroad,” said Taubman. “This promotion is the natural next step for Paul, and his competencies will be essential as we prepare to open Starfield Anseong in South Korea in 2020 and evaluate other opportunities in the region.”

Prior to joining Taubman Asia, Wright worked with Citta Management Limited where he was responsible for leasing, property management and retail operations at the Taipei 101 Mall. He also held a position at Lendlease Corporation in Asia and Jones Lang Wootton in Perth and Sydney.

Morrison & Foerster ropes in new partner in Hong Kong

San Francisco-headquartered law firm Morrison & Foerster has announced that the firm has appointed Nicholas Sheets as a partner for its global Private Funds Group at Hong Kong office.

Sheets, who has nearly a decade of experience advising in Asia, the US and Latin America, has been involved in the structuring, formation, and offering of private equity funds as well as co-investment activities and secondary transactions.

Sheets graduated from New York University and holds a master’s degree from John Hopkins University.

Morrison & Foerster’s Hong Kong office had also recently appointed capital markets partner Ke Huang, and M&A and private equity counsel Brian Snyder.

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.

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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.