Sophie Cameron, Director of International Content
Sophie Cameron, Head of International Content and Head of Practical Law China Sophie was an editor for a magazine publisher before training as a solicitor in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s London office, where she qualified into the litigation department and completed a secondment to Reuters’ legal department.
Sophie then moved to the employment department of Bates, Wells & Braithwaite, where she specialised in contentious and advisory employment work for individuals and charities and regularly appeared in the employment tribunal.
Sophie was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Fawcett Society in 2005 and co-authored a report on the reform of gender equality legislation. Sophie joined Practical Law in 2004 as an editor for PL Employment and was Head of PL Public Sector from 2008 and 2012. Since 2012 she has focussed on our international content, launching PL China in 2013 and now managing the China, EU and international transaction guides teams. She has been managing our China service since its inception. Sophie studied at Cambridge University, City University and the College of Law. Sophie is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Vivian Yuan, Head of Practical Law China
Vivian joined the team in September 2014 from Mayer Brown JSM where she had worked since 2004 in the Shanghai office and once completed a secondment to the firm’s Hong Kong office between 2005 to 2007 and also a secondment to the legal department of Dow Chemical Greater China subsequently in 2010. While with Mayer Brown JSM, she had built up her expertise and knowledge with practice areas focused on PRC real estate investment, project finance, foreign direct investment and general corporate matters. She also once worked on hospitality and leisure projects and employment law matters.
Prior to her private practice, Vivian was an auditor in Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s Shanghai office between 2001 to 2003. Vivian was admitted to the PRC Bar in 2004 and the New York State Bar in 2010 and is currently non-practising in both jurisdictions. She speaks native Mandarin and fluent English.
Helen Liao, Practical Law China Senior Editor
Helen joined the team in January 2015 from Mayer Brown JSM. She has more than ten years' experience advising clients on employment and social security law in the PRC. Prior to joining the firm, Helen worked with a top-tier PRC firm advising big state-owned companies and multinational corporations on non-contentious and contentious employment matters. She has been recognised by the World Bank as an expert on PRC employment law.
Helen holds an LLB in Economic Law from the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing and an LLM in Commercial Law from the University of Bristol. She was admitted as a lawyer in PRC in 2006 and in Hong Kong in 2015 and is currently non-practising in both jurisdictions. Helen speaks native Mandarin, Cantonese and fluent English.
Helen is based in Hong Kong.
Jay Chen, Practical Law China Senior Editor
Jay joined the team in March 2016. She was admitted to PRC bar in 2005 and is currently a non-practising lawyer. Jay was trained and qualified with King & Wood (now King & Wood Mallesons), focusing on M&A transactions, foreign investment and securities projects. After her private practice, she has worked as an in-house legal counsel in a multinational firm and an Asian luxury retail group in Hong Kong for more than 8 years where she has extensive experience in handling general corporate matters, contractual issues, commercial transactions, compliance, employment, intellectual property rights, risk management, claims and litigations across the regions.
Jay speaks native Mandarin, Cantonese and fluent English.
William Steinberg, Practical Law China Senior Editor
William joined the team in September 2016 after working as an in-house counsel and compliance officer in Hong Kong since 2011 at a top-tier financial institution and leading proprietary trading firm. He provided comprehensive legal and compliance advisory support for hedge fund and proprietary trading desks trading in markets across the Asia-Pacific region, and has extensive experience in regulatory analysis, legal risk management, compliance monitoring, review of trading practices, general corporate matters and drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts.
Prior to his in-house experience, William was an attorney in Shearman & Sterling's Hong Kong office from 2006 to 2011, focusing on capital markets equity and debt transactions and a variety of asset management work, with an emphasis on the Greater China region. He also completed a secondment to Morgan Stanley during 2009. He was admitted to the New York bar in 2007 and currently is a non-practicing lawyer.
William speaks native English and fluent Mandarin.
Vicky Cheung, Practical Law China Senior Editor
Vicky joined the team as in October 2016 from a Hong Kong listed leading satellite operator in Asia, where she worked as a legal counsel. Before that, Vicky worked at The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong in the Corporate Finance and Intermediaries Divisions, with experience in the regulation of primary and secondary listings of shares on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and supervision of intermediaries holding licence for advising on corporate finance.
Prior to her in-house experience, Vicky worked as an offshore counsel at Ogier, Hong Kong and a corporate associate at Herbert Smith, Hong Kong (now Herbert Smith Freehills), where she gathered significant experience in equity capital markets, M&A transactions, takeovers and general corporate and commercial matters.
Vicky holds a LLM from King’s College London and a LLB from The University of Hong Kong. She was admitted as a lawyer in Hong Kong in 2008 and is currently a non-practising solicitor. Vicky speaks native Cantonese and fluent Mandarin and English.
Jane-May Cross, Practical Law China editor
Jane-May trained and qualified with Reed Smith. In 2008, she joined Practical Law as an editor in the Cross-border department, managing projects such as the Life Sciences, Corporate Real Estate and Investment Funds multi-jurisdictional guides. Jane-May was appointed a Practical Law China editor in September 2011. She speaks Cantonese, is learning Mandarin, is fluent in French, and holds a French law diploma.
Jane-May studied at the University of Leicester, Université Jean Moulin (Lyon III) and the College of Law. Jane-May is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Nico Kewei Ni, Practical Law China Editor
Before Nico joined the team, she worked in the corporate finance industry for five years with licences (types 1 & 6) under the Securities & Futures Commission of Hong Kong. She accumulated experience and knowledge of Hong Kong Listing Rules and the Takeovers Code in the different corporate finance activities such as IPO, M&A, restructuring, asset recovery for Hong Kong listed companies and mainland China corporates.
Nico completed a Masters degree study in International Journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University and she holds a Bachelor degree in Law from the law school of South China University of Technology. Nico was also a freelance writer for Hong Kong Trade Development Council. She speaks Mandarin, English and Cantonese.
Andre Brown, Senior International Commissioning Editor
Andre joined Practical Law in 2004 as a research editor for the Which lawyer? directory and headed the team from 2008 until 2012. During this time, he had a strong focus on the Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern markets. Andre is now a Senior Commissioning editor and works with our contributors to create Practical Law resources, as well as developing and maintaining our contributor relationships.
Brad Herrold, Practical Law China Consultant
Before joining Practical Law as a consultant in, Brad lived and worked in Beijing for nearly 20 years, first in private business and then as a lawyer in private practice with several major law firms, including Baker & McKenzie and Hogan Lovells. He has developed extensive experience advising multinational clients on a broad range of transactional and compliance matters, including inbound acquisitions, joint venture projects, and technology licensing and other transfer arrangements. Brad is currently an inactive member of the California Bar and lives in the US. He is fluent in Mandarin.
Erik Leyssens, Practical Law China Consultant
Erik Leyssens has worked in legal services for about 20 years during which time he was based at the China and Hong Kong offices of firms such as Baker & McKenzie, Deacons and Mallesons. Erik has extensive experience in Greater China and the APAC region advising on cross-border M&A, corporate, commercial and compliance matters. He completed many foreign direct investment and M&A transactions, acting for both international private equity funds as well as strategic investors in the establishment, acquisition and restructuring of, and exit from, investments. He also advised clients in the region on best practices for ensuring compliance with general and sector-specific legal requirements and assisted with the formulation and establishment of compliance manuals and systems.
Erik has written and spoken regularly about various aspects of investment law and M&A transactions in the Asia-Pacific.Erik holds MAs in Sociology and Chinese Studies from the Catholic University of Leuven and an LLB Honours from Wolverhampton University. He was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales in 2003 and in Hong Kong in 2010.