Managing partner of the China practice, Betty Yap is a member of the corporate department, based in the firm’s office in Hong Kong. Betty’s practice focuses on cross-border M&A, strategic investments, joint ventures, private equity and special situations transactions, and foreign direct investments involving Greater China. Her clients include private equity firms, multinational corporations, financial institutions, and mainland Chinese companies across a multitude of industries including financial services, energy and resources, food and beverage, retail, TMT, automotive and real estate.
Betty is recognised by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021 as a ‘Band 1’ individual for private equity/buyouts and venture capital investment in China among international firms, describing her as a practice head who is a ‘really, really good practitioner’ in private equity and M&A. The 2020 Legal 500 Asia Pacific Hall of Fame highlighted Betty for her excellent achievement in private equity work in Hong Kong, meriting her recognition as a Leading Individual in this category for nine consecutive years. Asian Legal Business Hong Kong Law Awards named her as the ‘Dealmaker of the Year’ in 2020. IFLR1000 2021 ranked Betty as a ‘highly regarded’ lawyer for M&A and private equity in Hong Kong, and she has been described as a lawyer who ‘gives real value add in transactions and is able to navigate difficult parties to come to resolution’. Betty is also recognised by Chambers Asia-Pacific and The Legal 500: Asia Pacific as a leading M&A lawyer in Hong Kong, and she was listed on China Business Law Journal’s annual ‘A List’ for her achievements in China-related legal work in 2019 and 2020.
Betty is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. She is admitted to practise law in Hong Kong and Victoria, Australia.