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New GC and legal director named for fintech

Hong Kong

A new general counsel and legal director have been appointed to the legal team of an international financial technology specialist.

Airwallex has expanded its management team with the addition of Jeanette K Chan, who has been brought on board as the company’s chief compliance officer and general counsel.

Ms Chan joins Airwallex with 30 years’ experience under her belt. Her previous role was managing partner and head of the Asia communications and technology practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

“We are thrilled to have Jeanette join Airwallex to support our global expansion,” Jack Zhang, co-founder and CEO of Airwallex, said.

“She brings a wealth of experience and proven track record of excellence in financial and legal circles. Her expertise and pioneering leadership will be crucial in leading our business into its next stage of growth.”

Commenting on her new role, Ms Chan said: “I’m delighted to be joining Airwallex, which over the past four years has transformed itself from a start-up to a leading global challenger in cross-border payments”.


“I look forward to working with Jack and the other leaders of the business to shape and drive Airwallex’s global expansion.”

The company has also hired Paul Weiss counsel, Corinna Yu, as its new legal director. Ms Yu’s new role will see her continue to work alongside Ms Chan.

She brings over 20 years’ experience to the role, having advised on high-profile merger and acquisitions, private equity investments and foreign direct investments into China.

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Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan is the deputy head of editorial at Momentum Media and editor of its legal publication, Lawyers Weekly. 

She graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism).

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