Linklaters has added traction to its Greater China practice, bringing in corporate lawyer Paul Chow. Effective 18 April, Chow comes on board as partner and will bolster the global law firmÆs merger and acquisitions and capital markets capabilities.

His hiring follows recent movement by Linklaters to boost its Greater China practice. Over the past year, the firm has added five partners focusing on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, derivatives, securitization, dispute resolution and financial market regulatory advice in China.

Chow shifts to Linklaters from Slaughter and May, where he held the title of partner in its corporate and financing practice since 2004. He joined the firm in 1995 and recently lent his expertise to number of high profile transactions including China NetcomÆs acquisition of a 20% stake in Hong Kong fixed line incumbent PCCW and Dubai Ports International on the acquisition of the global ports operation of CSX Corporation.

In addition, he has also advised Goldman Sachs, HSBC and other underwriters on the IPO of Bank of Communications and Kerry Properties on the issue of its HK$2.5 billion convertible bond.

The fluent Mandarin, Cantonese and English speaker joins LinklatersÆ 24 other partners in its Greater China practice and is qualified to practice both Hong Kong and English law and as an attorney in New York.