NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - January 06, 2015) - Ye Cecilia Hong has joined King & Spalding's financial institutions and finance practices as a partner in the New York office. She formerly was a corporate finance partner at Kirkland & Ellis. 

"We are looking to actively grow our New York finance capabilities and believe that Cecilia is a natural fit for our practice," said William H. Fuller, leader of King & Spalding's financial institutions practice. "She has an excellent command of the leveraged acquisition market for both private equity sponsors and financial institutions. Cecilia adds distressed-financing and restructuring depth to our team -- particularly on the private equity sponsor-side -- and she handles borrower-side representations, as well. We are pleased to welcome Cecilia to the firm."

Hong focuses on complex, broad-based financing transactions for both public and privately held borrowers and lenders. She also has experience in banking and credit matters and in distressed-financing and restructuring transactions. Hong received her bachelor of law degree and masters in international economic law degree from China Foreign Affairs University (Beijing) and earned her L.L.M. degree at the University of Chicago. She is qualified to practice in China. A native of that country, she speaks both Mandarin Chinese and English. 

"I am excited to join King & Spalding's finance practice," said Hong. "I look forward to the opportunity to build my middle-market practice and contribute to the growth of the firm's finance business in the United States and Asia."

King & Spalding's finance practice has more than 50 lawyers located in offices across the United States, Europe and the Middle East representing lenders, investors, funds and borrowers in finance and other commercial transactions. These include a wide array of investment grade and sub-investment grade credit facilities on both a syndicated and single-lender basis. King & Spalding was ranked 6th in the United States for lender representations in 2013, according to Thomson Reuters.

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