Ricky Ip is an associate at Nixon Peabody CWL and a member of the firm’s Corporate & Commercial department. He has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law as well as intellectual property and data privacy matters, having spent 15 years working both in private practice and in-house with regional coverage at a top-tier Wall Street firm, a Nasdaq listed IT company, one of the largest U.S. banks, and most recently a family office/private equity firm based in Hong Kong.
I currently work in the Corporate and Commerical department focusing on a variety of corporate matters including corporate finance and M&A. 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 investments, corporate and financing transactions, SFC license application, and fund formation. Prior to that I was the 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 profession 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 blockchain technology.
Prior to joining Nixon Peabody CWL, Ricky has been involved in a number of significant transactions including the following:
University of Hong Kong, PCLL
University of Hong Kong, LL.M.
Manchester Metropolitan University, LL.B.
Manchester Metropolitan University, GDL (CPE)
The University of British Columbia, B. Comm