Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has strengthened its corporate and capital markets team with a partner hire as it consolidates its longstanding Asia practice.

David Kuo has joined from the Hong Kong office of Allen & Overy, where he was a partner.

Scott Edelman, Milbank’s chairman said of the hire: “Our Hong Kong office remains a key location for the firm’s capital markets, finance and corporate work across Asia and the Pacific Rim, and we’re excited to add David Kuo to our bench. He has a long and impressive record handling large transactions, inbound and out of the region, making him an ideal fit with our Asia practice.”

Kuo acts for Chinese companies and other high-yield issuers and underwriters on a range of debt and equity linked capital markets transactions. He also counsels on liability management exercises, including debt restructuring, tender offers and exchange offers and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, business combinations and private equity transactions.

Milbank was one of the first US firms to open in Hong Kong and has offices in Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore and most recently Seoul. It focuses strongly on transactions in China, India, Korea, and South East Asia.