International law firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has announced the appointment of a new senior corporate finance lawyer for the firm's Hong Kong office. Mark Sutherland, who previously led a team of corporate finance and securities lawyers at Clifford Chance, will start his new role as consultant on February 4.

Qualified in England & Wales as well as Hong Kong, Sutherland's main areas of practice cover corporate finance and equity capital markets in Hong Kong, Asia and Europe, as well as structured finance and securitization, trustee advisory and debt capital markets transactions.

Since qualifying, he has worked on over 100 public transactions and has represented underwriters and issuers in connection with the structuring, negotiating and documenting of offerings of international and Hong Kong equity and debt securities.

Sutherland has practiced for over 10 years with leading city-based law firms in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong and at one time was seconded to the legal department of CSFB's office in Hong Kong.

"Over the last two years our Hong Kong corporate finance practice has developed considerably and we currently advise on a broad range of Hong Kong, English and US law-related transactions," comments Kenneth Cote, managing partner of the firm's Hong Kong and China offices. "We're delighted that Mark is joining the firm. With his many years of experience in corporate finance in London, Europe and Asia, we believe he will make a valuable addition to our team."