Morgan Lewis poaches Orrick corporate team

Eight private equity lawyers including Edwin Luk are among the Asia-based team moving from Orrick to Morgan Lewis.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has poached a 13-strong corporate team from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, including eight private equity lawyers.

Leading the move is Edwin Luk, a well-known private equity transaction lawyer in Hong Kong.

The other private equity lawyers include Maurice Hoo, a partner who advises private funds clients and family offices, June Chan, Connie Cheung, Keith Cheung, Billy Wong, Yang Zeng and Ning Zhang, a partner who will be based in Beijing. Zhang was previously counsel at O’Melveny & Myers in Beijing.

Hong Kong Law Society rules dictate that Luk and his team must establish their own firm under the name Luk & Partners. After this, Morgan Lewis can apply to become a registered foreign law firm in Hong Kong and seek to associate with new firm.