Leading Investment Funds Lawyers John Fadely and Albert Cho to Join Robert zaque’s Hong Kong Office

April 5, 2018

Robert zaque LLP is pleased to announce that John Fadely and Albert Cho will join the firm as partners in the Hong Kong office.

Fadely and Cho will join Lincoln’s Investment Funds Group from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where they advised sponsors of private investment funds – including buyout, growth capital, real estate, debt, distressed and credit opportunities funds – co-investment vehicles and separately managed accounts.

“We are very pleased John and Albert will be joining our firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Lincoln. “They are extremely talented lawyers and recognized leaders in the private equity industry in Asia. We are focused on building a premier corporate practice in Asia that complements our private equity and M&A practices in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Their addition is another significant step in the growth of our transactional practices globally.”

“John and Albert are both recognized as top‐tier practitioners and have represented some of the most significant and sophisticated funds in the Asia market,” said Kelly Austin, Partner in Charge of the Hong Kong office. “Their addition will add depth to our Hong Kong office and create greater opportunities for our Asia transactional practice, resulting in an extremely compelling position in the Asia legal market.”

Fadely and Cho follow several high-profile additions to Lincoln’s corporate practice in Hong Kong. In 2017, Paul Boltz, Scott Jalowayski, Michael Nicklin and Brian Schwarzwalder joined the firm’s Hong Kong office to expand the firm’s Asia private equity practice. Since then, the firm has built a private equity M&A team in Hong Kong and advised on several high-profile cross-border transactions.

“John and Albert’s addition to the firm further strengthens our position as a leading firm in the private equity industry in Asia,” said Scott Jalowayski, a Hong Kong partner and Co-Chair of Lincoln’s Private Equity practice. “Their extensive experience across Asia’s unique private equity landscape will be a tremendous resource to our sponsor clients and adds important depth to our private equity offering in Hong Kong.”

About John Fadely

Fadely focuses on advising Asia-based private fund sponsors on the formation of private investment funds, including buyout funds, growth capital funds, venture capital funds and real estate funds. He has advised well-established and first-time fund sponsors on the establishment and structuring of funds platforms and is experienced in forming funds investing in China, Japan and other Asian markets. He also advises founders on governance and economics matters. In addition to fund formation, Fadely also advises fund sponsors on co-investment transactions as well as regulatory and other operational issues, and represents institutional investors in their private fund investments.

Fadely is ranked in Band 1 for Investment Funds by Chambers Asia Pacific 2018, as a Leading Individual for Investment Funds by The Legal 500, and as a highly regarded practitioner by IFLR1000. He is also listed in International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers.

Fadely is admitted to the New York, California, and Hong Kong bars, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and proficient in Japanese.

Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner in the Hong Kong office of Weil Gotshal since 2010, where he led Weil’s Asia private funds practice. In 1999 he earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

About Albert Cho

Cho focuses his practice on the formation of private investment funds, including buyout funds, growth capital funds, venture capital funds, special situations funds, debt funds, secondary funds, funds-of-funds, real estate funds and hedge funds. He also has extensive experience advising fund clients on co-investment transactions, operational and structuring matters, and legal and regulatory compliance matters. Cho has represented private investment funds formed by a variety of sponsors, including established private equity houses, large financial services companies, spin-off/spin-out teams as well as boutique firms. He regularly works with Asian, U.S. and European private fund sponsors on their fundraising activities, particularly the formation of funds focused on investing in the Asia-Pacific region. Cho has also represented institutional investors in their private investment fund activities, including sovereign wealth funds, employee benefit plans for major corporations, family offices, and the alternative investment arms of financial services companies.

Cho is also ranked for Investment Funds in China by Chambers Asia Pacific 2018, and he is recognized for his work as a private funds lawyer in The Legal 500, IFLR1000, and International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers. He is particularly known for his work in the Korean market and has been recognized by Chambers Global 2018 Guide as a foreign expert for Korea in Investment Funds.

He is admitted to the New York, District of Columbia, and Hong Kong bars.

Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner with Weil Gotshal since 2014. Cho graduated in 1999 from Cornell Law School.

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