Ricky Ip is a trainee solicitor at Nixon Peabody CWL. During his training, he will be assisting our partners and lawyers in advising clients across different practice areas at the firm. Ricky has experience in a variety of corporate matters covering transaction management, contract management, setup and management of legal entities and company secretary matters, intellectual property protection and regulatory compliance.
I currently work in the Litigation and Intellectual Property department with a focus on commercial litigation and intellectual property related disputes. Prior to joining Nixon Peabody CWL, I was a Legal Manager at a family office where I was involved in all legal and compliance aspects of the company’s principal investment, corporate and financing transactions; SFC license application; and fund formation. Prior to that I have served as an APAC Regional Documentation Specialist for the Global Transaction Services department of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and before that as an Asia Legal Manager in the Legal and Business Affairs department of Electronic Arts. I began my career as a legal assistant at a leading Wall Street law firm in Hong Kong where I focused on capital markets and M&A transactions including international offerings for Chinese companies.
Hong Kong will play an indispensable role under China’s Belt and Road and the Greater Bay Area Initiatives. Hong Kong’s well-established legal framework, attractive tax system and its status as an international legal and dispute resolution services center in the Asia Pacific region will help promote and support the development of these initiatives. The legal professional who is well versed in both the international and the PRC’s legal and regulatory landscape will play an important role in the progress of such initiatives.
One particular area is the rise of blockchain technology. The development of blockchain technology will fundamentally change the way many commercial transactions are conducted. Benefits of such technology include, among others, lowering transaction costs and reducing human labor and error. The Hong Kong Government and industry-leading companies have already announced initiatives to use blockchain technology for trade and financing so I expect to see legal and regulatory innovations to accommodate the technology.