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Sharon Yap

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OVERVIEW

Sharon is a partner of Maples and Calder's Funds & Investment Management team in the Maples Group's Hong Kong office. She specialises in a wide range of fund formation and structuring including private equity, venture capital, infrastructure and real estate funds, private debt funds and hedge funds.  Sharon also has broad experience advising on private equity downstream transactions, carried interest arrangements, co-investments, fund restructurings, fund financing and both GP and LP led secondaries.  Her clients include leading global and top-tier regional private equity and venture capital sponsors, some of the biggest securities houses in China and Japan, leading conglomerates in Japan and Korea plus boutique and start-up managers.

Sharon has been recognised as a top female practitioner in Investment Funds and Women in Business Law in Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Expert Guide 2021.  She has also been listed as both a Thought Leader and a National Leader in Who’s Who Legal – Mainland China & HK SAR 2021 in the field of Private Funds.  Additionally, Sharon has been listed as a Global Leader in Who’s Who Legal 2022 in the field of Private Funds – Formation.  She has been described in multiple leading publications including IFLR1000 Asia, Chambers and Who’s Who Legal as “first-rate”, "widely applauded for her encyclopaedic knowledge of the market, recent trends, topical issues and its solution” and providing “consistently prompt and practical advice”. 

She is a member of the HKVCA Technical Committee.

BACKGROUND

Sharon joined the Maples Group in 2008 and was elected as a partner in December 2015.  She previously worked for a law firm in Jersey and, before that, was an in-house lawyer for Westpac Banking Corporation, having initially worked for Bell Gully in New Zealand.  

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Corporate

Funds & Investment Management

BAR ADMISSIONS

2002 - Admitted as a barrister and solicitor to the High Court of New Zealand (not practising)

EDUCATION

University of Auckland, New Zealand, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Institute of Professional Legal Studies, New Zealand

LANGUAGES

English

Cantonese

Japanese

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