Meet Our Team

Doreen Jaeger-Soong Chairman & Managing Director

Phone:
(852) 2866-8385
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Born and educated in Hong Kong, Doreen majored in Psychology at Occidental College in California.  She joined Hughes-Castell in 1991 and is Managing Director of the company.  Since 2011, after a management buy-out, she is also the owner and company Chairman.

Doreen leads the Asia Business Development function and manages and mentors the teams in all three Hughes-Castell offices.

Doreen recruits at General Counsel and Partner level, and among her most recent placements have been the Asia Pacific General Counsel of a bulge bracket bank, the Asia General Counsel for a wealth management firm, the ASEAN General Counsel for a global conglomerate, the General Counsel of a Hong Kong listed company, a Partner for the China office of a Magic Circle firm, a Banking Partner for a major international law firm and the Chief Counsel Asia for a private equity firm. 

She is fluent in English, Cantonese, German and French and proficient in Mandarin.

EA Licence No: 59747

Katherine Fan Managing Director

Phone:
(852) 2520 1184
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Katherine focuses on recruitment at senior levels for international law firms, multinational corporations, financial institutions, and listed companies. Katherine first joined Hughes-Castell in 2010 and rejoined after working as Head of Legal Talent and Recruitment of a US law firm and setting up the recruitment function for another global law firm. A qualified career coach, Katherine is known for her innovative approach and strategic advice to candidates and clients. She was awarded In-house Recruitment Professional of the Year in 2017 and nominated as Recruitment Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 by Human Resources Asia. A former litigator, Katherine graduated with a LLB/BA in International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney and her LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of New South.

She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

EA Licence No: 59747

Sam Kenworthy Director - Head of Private Practice

Phone:
(852) 2520-1344
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Sam graduated from the University of Kent in 1998 with LLB Hons. and was awarded a prize for outstanding contribution to Kent Law School. After completing the Legal Practice Course in 2000, he joined London law firm Lawrence Graham where he worked in the real estate department. Three years later he moved into legal journalism with publisher Legalease, writing for The Legal 500 and Legal Business Magazine, where he held various editorships and became a correspondent for the Asia Pacific region. In 2007 Sam relocated to Hong Kong to join a bespoke legal recruitment consultancy operating at the senior end of the private practice market across Hong Kong, China and South East Asia.

In 2012 he joined Hughes-Castell as Head of Private Practice where he oversees comprehensive coverage of the market, personally focusing on senior-level hires in Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Vietnam.

EA Licence No: 59747

Sherry Xu Director

Phone:
(86) 21 6385-0009
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Sherry is a Director in our Shanghai office focusing on mid to senior level hires for in-house legal, compliance and intellectual property roles for clients in commercial and financial services industry sectors in both China and Hong Kong. She has a wealth of  7 years’ prior legal and compliance recruitment experience with leading search firms in Hong Kong, placing in-house legal professionals in Greater China and across Asia.

Sherry obtained a first-class LLB degree from a top-tier PRC university and completed her LLM Degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

She speaks native Mandarin, fluent Cantonese and English.

EA Licence No: 59747

Vicky Liu Senior Consultant

Phone:
(852) 2143-6759
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Vicky focuses on placing associates and legal counsel into international law firms and multinational companies in mainland China. Vicky’s recruitment experience commenced in 2007, prior to joining Hughes-Castell in Beijing, where she had a strong track record with an international executive search firm placing lawyers at different levels for both private practice firms and in-house companies in China.

Vicky holds a Masters degree in School Counseling and a Bachelor of Education from Beijing Normal University and is fluent in Mandarin and English.

EA Licence No: 59747

Pauline So Senior Consultant

Phone:
(852) 2866 7484
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Pauline has over 20 years of experience of recruitment experience in Asia.  Have worked with leading recruitment agencies in Hong Kong and in-house with leading investment banks, Pauline has focused on hiring back office banking professionals. In recent years, Pauline has specialized in hiring in the controls, audit and governance space within the finance sector. 

She has native level English and Chinese conversational skills. 

EA Licence No: 59747

Nick Marett Senior Adviser

Phone:
(852) 2520-1168
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Nick services clients in both the corporate and financial services areas. Prior to joining Hughes-Castell, Nick worked with a high profile regional legal recruitment firm, primarily and successfully focusing on in-house roles. Nick's work with local and international financial services clients, Fortune 500 companies and leading regional corporations has given him a well established network of local and regional contacts.

EA Licence No: 59747

Mudita Valakati Associate Consultant

Phone:
(852) 2520-1409
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Mudita is an Associate Consultant in our Hong Kong office specializing in sourcing legal professionals as part of our In-House and Private Practice recruitment team. Capitalising on her post-graduate operational banking experience with two of the leading financial services organizations in India,  Mudita has a credible track record placing professional bankers and lawyers in top tier banks and  international  local corporates. Prior to joining Hughes-Castell, Mudita’s experience with other large APAC recruitment and boutique financial search firms based in Hong Kong and India involved managing mid to senior level mandates across Asia with a specific focus on Legal and Compliance positions within the financial services industry.

Mudita holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance and is fluent in English and Hindi.

EA Licence No: 59747

 

Connie Hui Senior Consultant

Phone:
(852) 2520-1168
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Connie grew up and obtained her BSc and LLB in Canada where she qualified as a lawyer in British Columbia prior to moving to Hong Kong in 1999 where she gained an LLM from the University of Hong Kong. Since joining Hughes-Castell in 2005, she has successfully placed candidates at top banks and MNCs, as well as top tier law firms. Having worked in both in-house and private practice firms in Hong Kong she has gained the insight and credibility to support both in-house and private practice recruitment assignments.

Connie speaks fluent English and Cantonese.

EA Licence No: 59747

Doreen Jaeger-Soong Chairman & Managing Director

Phone:
(852) 2866-8385
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Doreen is the Managing Director, owner and company Chairman of Hughes-Castell following her buy-out in 2011, having joined the Company in 1991.

She leads the Asia Business Development function and manages and mentors the teams in all four Hughes-Castell offices, travelling regularly to Singapore to cover the market from her base in Hong Kong where she was born and educated.

Doreen recruits at General Counsel and Partner level, and among her most recent placements have been the Asia Pacific General Counsel of a bulge bracket bank, the Asia General Counsel for a wealth management firm, the ASEAN General Counsel for a global conglomerate, the General Counsel of a Hong Kong listed company, a Partner for the China office of a Magic Circle firm, a Banking Partner for a major international law firm and the Chief Counsel Asia for a private equity firm. 

She majored in Psychology at Occidental College in California, and is fluent in English, Cantonese, German and French, plus is proficient in Mandarin.

Katherine Fan Managing Director

Phone:
(852) 2520-1184
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Katherine focuses on recruitment at senior levels for international law firms, multinational corporations, financial institutions, and listed companies. Katherine first joined Hughes-Castell in 2010 and rejoined after working as Head of Legal Talent and Recruitment of a US law firm and setting up the recruitment function for another global law firm. A qualified career coach, Katherine is known for her innovative approach and strategic advice to candidates and clients. She was awarded In-house Recruitment Professional of the Year in 2017 and nominated as Recruitment Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 by Human Resources Asia. A former litigator, Katherine graduated with a LLB/BA in International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney and her LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of New South.

She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Sam Kenworthy Director - Head of Private Practice

Phone:
(852) 2520-1344
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Sam joined Hughes-Castell in 2012 as Head of Private Practice.  From a base in Hong Kong, he oversees comprehensive coverage of the Asian market for our 4 offices, personally focussing on senior-level hires in Hong Kong, China, Vietnam and Singapore, where he travels regularly to cover the market there.

Capitalising on his legal qualifications and law firm background in UK, plus his legal journalism experience, writing for The Legal 500 and Legal Business Magazine for the Asia Pacific region, Sam began his legal recruitment specialism in 2007 when he relocated to Hong Kong to join a bespoke legal recruitment consultancy operating at the senior end of the private practice market across Hong Kong, China and South East Asia.

Sam completed the Legal Practice Course in 2000 after graduating from the University of Kent in 1998 with an LLB Hons, where he also gained a prize for his outstanding contribution to Kent Law School.

Mudita Valakati Associate Consultant

Phone:
(852) 2520-1409
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Mudita is an Associate Consultant covering the Hong Kong and Singapore market for legal professional hiring as part of our In-House and Private Practice recruitment team. Capitalising on her post-graduate operational banking experience with two of the leading financial services organizations in India,  Mudita has a credible track record placing professional bankers and lawyers in top tier banks and  international  local corporates. Prior to joining Hughes Castell, Mudita’s experience with other large APAC recruitment and boutique financial search firms based in Hong Kong and India involved managing mid to senior level mandates across Asia with a specific focus on Legal and Compliance positions within the financial services industry.

Mudita holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance and is fluent in English and Hindi.

Doreen Jaeger-Soong Managing Director

Phone:
(86) 10 6581-1781
E-mail:
 

Born and educated in Hong Kong, Doreen majored in Psychology at Occidental College in California.  She joined Hughes-Castell in 1991 and is Managing Director of the company.  Since 2011, after a management buy-out, she is also the owner and company Chairman.

Doreen leads the Asia Business Development function and manages and mentors the teams in all four Hughes-Castell offices.

Doreen recruits at General Counsel and Partner level, and among her most recent placements have been the Asia Pacific General Counsel of a bulge bracket bank, the Asia General Counsel for a wealth management firm, the ASEAN General Counsel for a global conglomerate, the General Counsel of a Hong Kong listed company, a Partner for the China office of a Magic Circle firm, a Banking Partner for a major international law firm and the Chief Counsel Asia for a private equity firm. 

She is fluent in English, Cantonese, German and French and proficient in Mandarin.

Vicky Liu Senior Consultant

Phone:
(86) 10 6581-1781
E-mail:
 

Vicky focuses on placing associates and legal counsel into international law firms and multinational companies in mainland China. Vicky’s recruitment experience commenced in 2007, prior to joining Hughes-Castell in Beijing, where she had a strong track record with an international executive search firm placing lawyers at different levels for both private practice firms and in-house companies in China.

Vicky holds a Masters degree in School Counseling and a Bachelor of Education from Beijing Normal University and is fluent in Mandarin and English.

Scott Deng Associate Consultant

Phone:
(86) 10 6581-1773
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Scott is a Associate Consultant in our Beijing office, focusing on recruitment at junior and middle levels for international law firms and multinational companies in mainland China. He joined Hughes-Castell with over 4 years’ recruiting experience gained in an international executive search firm in Beijing.

Scott holds a Master of Science in Management from the University of Leeds and a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Bedfordshire. He is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Carol Yuan Partner, China Operations

Phone:
(86) 21 2206-1208
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Carol joined Hughes-Castell in 2012, having run her own risk management firm for several years. She now leads and manages Hughes-Castell's China Operations. She and her team recruit professionals with specific expertise in the areas of Legal, Compliance, Governance and Government Relations. Hughes-Castell recruits legal professionals at all levels into major Fortune 500 multinational and domestic corporations, as well as into the leading international and PRC law firms. Carol personally handles senior corporate counsels, General Counsels and chief compliance officers and her team excels at all levels from paralegals to Senior Associates and In-House Counsels and Compliance Officers.

Most importantly, she and her team give objective advice, counsel and guidance to legal and compliance professionals in their careers. Hughes-Castell's consultants have expert legal sector experience and have the market intelligence that allows them to achieve lasting impact by bringing the best fit for both clients and candidates. Hughes-Castell’s track record for long-tenured placements has no equal in China and Carol and her team are proud to continue to maintain that record.

 

Benjamin Wang Partner, China Operations

Phone:
(86) 21 2206-1205
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Ben joined Hughes-Castell in 2012 and is based in the Hughes-Castell Shanghai office. Ben works on senior level hires and he has a strong track record of placing Senior and General Counsels, Head of Legal, Legal Directors, Senior compliance professionals and IP counsels for top Fortune 500 multinational companies, leading financial institutions, red chip companies, venture capital and private equity funds and their portfolio companies in Shanghai, Beijing and other major cities. He is well-equipped to advise lawyers on their career moves and is widely respected for his sincere advice and counsel.  Due to his extensive experience and network, Ben can guide clients on market trends and compensation levels.

Benjamin obtained his Bachelor Degree in Law from East China University of Political Science and Law and passed the China bar exam. Benjamin is a native of Shanghai and is fluent in Mandarin, Shanghai dialect and English.

 

Sherry Xu Director

Phone:
(86) 21 6385-0009
E-mail:
 

Sherry is a Director in our Shanghai office focusing on mid to senior level hires for  in-house legal, compliance and intellectual property roles for  clients in commercial and financial services industry sectors. She has a wealth of  7 years’ prior legal and compliance recruitment experience with leading search firms in Hong Kong, placing in-house legal professionals in Greater China and across Asia.

Sherry obtained a first-class LLB degree from a top-tier PRC university and completed her LLM Degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

She speaks native Mandarin, fluent Cantonese and English.

Bob Kou Senior Consultant

Phone:
(86) 21 2206-1201
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Bob is a Senior Consultant in our Shanghai office with 5 years’ prior experience in Legal and Compliance recruitment at an international recruitment firm. He focuses on recruiting in-house counsel and compliance positions.

Bob obtained his Master's Degree in Management from Brunel University in London and speaks fluent Mandarin and English.

Ying Wei Associate Consultant

Phone:
(86) 21 2206-1210
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Ying works on both in-house and private practice roles as an Associate Consultant in Hughes-Castell’s Shanghai office.  Prior to joining Hughes-Castell, Ying put her legal qualifications into practice at a law firm in Beijing, then provided risk assurance services firstly as a Consultant on international projects for a Big Four consulting firm and finally as a qualified international internal auditor for a multinational corporation.

Prior to passing the PRC bar exam, Ying obtained an LLM degree from University of California, Los Angeles and an LLB from Central University of Finance and  Economics in Beijing.

She is fluent in English and Mandarin.

June Yang Associate Consultant

Phone:
(86) 21 2206-1209
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June works on both in-house and private practice roles as an Associate Consultant in Hughes-Castell’s Shanghai office. Prior to joining Hughes-Castell and to consolidate her legal qualifications, June gained sterling experience at both a major Shanghai law firm and at another  legal recruitment specialist firm. This has given her a valuable insight into how best to offer opportunities to match the type of career path sought by different lawyers. Her in-house legal recruitment experience spans industries in FMCG, pharmaceutical, Internet, food & beverage and financial institutions.

June obtained an LLM from Case Western Reserve University, USA  following  her LLB from East China University of Political Science and Law  in Shanghai.

She is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Spencer Li Associate Consultant

Phone:
(86) 21 5308-6118
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Spencer is an Associate Consultant in Hughes-Castell’s Shanghai office, focusing on recruitment of  in-house counsel. Prior to joining Hughes Castell, Spencer was engaged in legal and compliance recruitment at a global recruitment company.

Spencer obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Shanghai Normal University and speaks fluent English and Mandarin.

CONTACT US

For more information and how we can help you, contact us today!

Hong Kong
(852) 2520-1168
Beijing
(86) 10 6581-1781
Shanghai
(86) 21 2206-1200