Date Published: 1 July 2021
CNPLaw LLP (“CNP”) is proud to announce that Hazel Ho-Tsastsina and Hu Huimin have been promoted to partners of the firm effective 1 July 2021, bringing the number of CNP partners to 22.
Hazel’s practice focuses on cross-border M&A, joint ventures, private equity and corporate advisory. She holds dual bar admissions in Singapore and in England and Wales. With over 10 years of experience working in-house and in private practice, Hazel has advised various companies ranging from start-ups to MNCs. She has been consistently recognised as a “Notable Practitioner” for Corporate and M&A practice by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) 1000 in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Hazel is also named in the Singapore Business Review (SBR) as one of Singapore’s 21 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under in 2020.
Hazel says, “I am excited to join the partnership. I believe that the lawyers make the firm and I look forward to working with the other CNP partners to strengthen our teams and expand our presence. CNP has become a local household name over the years, coming into its own across Asia and adapting to changing times. It is humbling to be a part of this and I hope to play my part well in this new leadership role.”
Huimin’s main area of practice is in general civil and commercial litigation with a specialisation in matrimonial proceedings, family disputes and private client matters. She has considerable experience in high value divorces involving non-disclosure of assets, cross-jurisdiction assets and multi-million dollars assets. She regularly acts for legally aided clients in court proceedings as an assigned solicitor of the Legal Aid Bureau. She has also been appointed as an Honourary Legal Advisor to St Luke’s Hospital from 2020 to 2022 and advises the hospital on legal matters on a pro bono basis.
Huimin says, “I am deeply grateful to the firm for believing in me and supporting my development since 2011. I am excited by the opportunity to grow the firm’s family law and private client practice and look forward to serving the diverse needs of the community in these areas of law. It is my hope that I can continue to help clients through familial crises and enable them to be in the most optimal position to rebuild their lives and relationships.”
Commenting on the promotions, CNP’s managing partner, Lisa Theng, said: “ We warmly welcome Hazel and Huimin to the partnership at CNPLaw. These outstanding lawyers are specialists in their respective areas of practice and have contributed significantly towards the growth of the firm. They are client centric, have consistently demonstrated exceptional legal acumen and are trusted colleagues with a collaborative approach to practice. I look forward to our new partners leading the way in their new roles, continuing to build and grow our practices and strengthening our firm’s culture of excellence. I would like to congratulate them on their promotions.”
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