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60 Seconds with…Hong Kong lawyers Denise, Ivan and Sabrina

We asked three Hong Kong lawyers to tell us about their careers at White & Case and about the highlights of their experience so far.

 

Why did you decide on White & Case? 

Denise: The comprehensive training that the Firm offers, together with the opportunities to work with leading talent across the globe particularly attracted me.

Ivan: I wanted to gain exposure to high-profile clients and work on cutting-edge cross-border transactions.

Sabrina: I was attracted by the Firm's extensive global network and well-established relationships with leading corporations. 

 

What was your first impression of the Firm?

Denise: The Firm’s strong culture of openness, collaboration and friendliness has made it truly special. Trainees are always encouraged to offer a view.

Sabrina: A truly global firm with smart people.

Ivan: Everyone from the lawyers to the support staff was very friendly and welcoming. My supervising partners and mentor associates made sure I understood that I was valued and a significant part of the team.

 

Why is White & Case the best place to start your career? 

Sabrina: White & Case cares about talent management and training for juniors, and the well-connected network provides many unique opportunities and exposure for junior lawyers.

Denise: Trainees are given an interesting and diverse range of work and exposure to very sophisticated and top-quality client advice right from the beginning.

Ivan: For me, it is the opportunity to assume responsibility and interact with clients right from the start of my training contract.

 

What do you think is most exciting about the White & Case experience in Hong Kong?

Ivan: As the financial hub of Asia and China, Hong Kong is the heart of growth for the region. As a result, not only have I gained exposure to our clients' largest and most complex transactions in the Asia-Pacific region, but I have also been able to forge strong relationships with my colleagues across our different offices.

Denise: Being able to constantly work with different colleagues across the region gives a great sense of teamwork and enables me to build my own network within the Firm.

Sabrina: One of the most exciting experiences has been my involvement with the Diversity Committee in the Hong Kong office, where I was given a lot of opportunities to try something new, such as organizing the first associate-led client event to celebrate Women’s Day in 2018.

 

What is the one thing that surprised you most when you joined the Firm?

Sabrina: The Firm really cares about the input and views from associates, and provides a lot of support for social initiatives.

Ivan: The international reach of White & Case and how integrated the Firm is. I worked on a transaction involving ten of our offices from different jurisdictions.

Denise: The Firm has a high level of confidence in the trainees. We are given responsibilities and are trusted to speak to clients, lawyers and third parties directly at an early stage.

 

Tell us a bit about the work you do.

Ivan: I am a Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions associate, advising corporate and private equity clients on mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, as well as compliance matters. I have also assisted the Investment Funds team, advising fund managers on the establishment and structuring of private funds.

Sabrina: I work on a wide variety of financing transactions, including syndicated loans, structured finance and real estate-related financing. My day-to-day job includes drafting legal documents, negotiating for clients and managing the transaction progress.

Denise: I work closely with partners and associates in every stage of a deal—from conducting legal research, performing due diligence and attending client meetings to drafting transaction documents. No two days are the same.

 

How is White & Case different from other law firms?

Denise: There's a supportive environment where all questions are welcomed. Trainees are often encouraged to speak up and express their views.

Ivan: White & Case is not only focused on advising clients to the highest professional standards, it also emphasizes the development of its people and invests a huge amount in our professional and personal development, through milestone programs, formal mentoring schemes and client secondments.

Sabrina: I think it is White & Case's emphasis on people development and the global network that makes the whole experience unique for a lawyer.

 

What is your most memorable moment with the Firm?

Denise: During my second seat with Disputes, I was given the chance to travel to China and work with our Washington, DC team on an onsite investigation. I attended senior management meetings, conducted due diligence and assisted with multiple interviews. It was eye-opening.

Sabrina: My most memorable moment with the Firm was my first all-nighter working as a newly qualified lawyer on a very fast-paced transaction. It was a very tough experience, yet since everyone was working as a team with the same goal, it was very satisfying to be able to close the deal at the end.

Ivan: Being admitted as a Hong Kong–qualified solicitor, and being able to share that moment with my colleagues, all of whom had done the same.

 

What are you most looking forward to achieving at White & Case?

Sabrina: I am keen to leverage my solid network within White & Case and build relationships with people within and outside the Firm—and learn something new every day.

Ivan: Career progression. I want to become an expert in both Corporate and Investment Funds work, and also a trusted advisor to the Firm’s clients.

Denise: I look forward to becoming a lawyer who is excellent in the technicalities of the law and has a strong commercial mindset.

 

Sum up working at White & Case in three words.

Denise: Challenging, supportive, rewarding.

Sabrina: Global, top-notch, caring.

Ivan: A tight-knit family.

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