Xin Fang

What were you doing before the MCL?

Before joining the MCL, I worked in an international law firm in Hong Kong for four years. My area of specialisation was international mergers and acquisitions. I worked on transactions that spanned Asia, North America, Europe, Australia and Central Africa.

What were your impressions of the MCL?

For me, the Deals Course was the highlight of the year. It introduced an economic framework for analysing transactions. During the year, we used this analytical framework to examine four real-life commercial transactions, and discussed them with the practitioners who led each deal. The Deals Course helped me to re-examine my own transactional experience and gain insights into the underlying legal, economic and market factors that shaped these transactions.

The elective modules focused on specific areas of corporate practice, such as tax, merger control, corporate governance and shareholder litigation. The range of electives enabled me to both venture into new areas and develop a deeper understanding of my existing practice.

Overall, the MCL is a very well-structured and practical programme. The combination of academic rigour and practical insights gave me a sophisticated understanding of the commercial interests that drive transactions and the interactions between markets and the law.

What are your post-MCL plans and have they changed due to taking the MCL?

After my graduation, I will resume my corporate practice with my previous employer in Hong Kong.