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Annie Tang

Annie Tang

Co-Managing Director


Recruits for: General Counsels, Heads of Legal, Senior In-house Counsels, Financial Services Lawyers, Heads of Compliance

Annie commenced her professional career as a qualified Hong Kong lawyer.  She graduated from the University of Lancaster with a BA Honours in English.  Subsequently, Annie embarked on legal studies and studied the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, York and a legal career ensued in 1995 after she relocated to Hong Kong.  She trained with an international UK law firm in Hong Kong and qualified in 1997 and practised for a number of years in dispute resolution with international law firms before switching careers into legal recruitment in 2005.  In 2010, Annie co-founded Star Anise with her brother, Chris.

Annie enjoys travelling, trying international cuisine with friends and family, exploring and appreciating outdoor nature (when it’s not too hot!) and watching performing arts. Get to know Annie more by reading our interview with her! 

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Chris Tang

Chris Tang

Co-Managing Director


Recruits for: Law Firm Partners and Teams, C-Suite Executives, Senior Support Professionals

Chris qualified as a solicitor of England & Wales. He read Law at the University of Exeter, England (part of the Russell Group of Universities in the UK) and subsequently studied his Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Nottingham Law School in England. After training with a top 20 UK law firm he specialised in Corporate M&A and private equity, becoming a director in the corporate team of a major national law firm.  He was actively involved in the recruitment, training and development of legal staff in his firm (including acting as trainee supervisor). Following a move to Hong Kong he co-founded Star Anise with his business partner and sister, Annie.

In addition, Chris is actively involved in various voluntary activities. As a strong supporter of his alma maters, Chris is the official Ambassador for the Hong Kong Alumni chapter of Nottingham Trent University (which incorporates Nottingham Law School) and is the Chairman of the Exeter Hong Kong Alumni group, the official Hong Kong chapter of the University of Exeter alumni network. 

In his spare time, Chris is a semi-professional photographer, a keen cook, footballer, traveller and cultural explorer, and a seasoned Liverpool FC fan.

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Davyd Wong

Davyd Wong

General Counsel


Recruits for: n/a

Davyd is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, Australia, and is a solicitor admitted to practice in the courts of both Hong Kong and Australia. He is a seasoned commercial lawyer with specialist expertise in finance and dispute resolution, having practiced at top-tier Australian and ‘Magic Circle’ firms before taking senior in-house legal roles at a multinational advisory firm and a central bank. He is also a qualified mediator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Davyd also has a long standing interest in advancing the practice of law, improving access to justice and the protection of fundamental rights. He co-founded the Hong Kong Centre for Pro Bono Service Ltd, is a current member of the Law Society of Hong Kong’s Pro Bono Committee, and a director of the Hong Kong Association of Corporate Counsel. Outside of the law, Davyd enjoys playing tennis, black and white photography, reading and swimming (usually all at the same time, which could explain why he isn't good at any of them).

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Christine Basaria

Christine Basaria

Associate Consultant (Private Practice)


Recruits for: Law firm Associates, Paralegals

Christine is an Associate Consultant and a member of the private practice recruitment team at Star Anise, focusing mainly on law firm paralegal and qualified legal (associate) roles. She joined Star Anise in October 2020 to assist the recruitment consultants in research and marketing matters. In March 2021, Christine was promoted to Associate Consultant.

A graduate in the LL.B Law degree at the University of Leeds, she went onto graduate with the LL.M in Commercial and Corporate Law at  Queen Mary (University of London) and the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law (ULaw). With an impressive legal academic and practical background, Christine prides herself in understanding candidates and their needs, having once been in their shoes as a job seeker. In addition to native level English, Christine is also native speaker in Bahasa Indonesian. 

Christine grew up in Hong Kong, Indonesia and the U.K. She returned to Hong Kong after living in the U.K. for 7 years. As someone leading an active life, Christine enjoys her weekends trying new and challenging activities.

 

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Athena Chan

Athena Chan

Associate Consultant (Private Practice)


Recruits for: Private practice paralegals, business development and marketing professionals

Athena joined Star Anise as an Associate Consultant in 2021 and specialises in private practice recruitment, with a focus on paralegals and business development roles for international law firms. Before joining Star Anise, Athena had worked in support roles for an offshore law firm in Hong Kong for five years, where she had gained invaluable fee earning experience in the legal and fiduciary professions. 

She completed her bachelor degree in Public Administration, Politics and Management from City University of Hong Kong. Athena is fluent in Cantonese, English and Mandarin. In her spare time, Athena is passionate about playing squash. She is also an avid reader.

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Juhi Golabakrishna

Juhi Golabakrishna

Sourcing Specialist


Recruits for: In-house Counsels, Compliance professionals

Juhi is a Sourcing Specialist and a member of the in-house legal recruitment team at Star Anise, focusing on in-house legal roles.  Juhi joined Star Anise in September 2021.  

She has strong experience in recruiting for a breadth of firms across industries. She believes firmly in establishing strong relationships with clients and finding them the best candidates possible. Juhi holds an M.A from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of Mary Washington. She enjoys spending time with her family and is a voracious reader.
 

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Serena So

Serena So

Researcher


Recruits for: n/a

Serena is a researcher at Star Anise who conducts market research and provides intelligence, data and business support to the Star Anise Team. 
After completing her studies in a top secondary school in Hong Kong, she went to study Law (LL.B) in Durham University, England and graduated with first-class honours.

Prior to joining Star Anise, she had experience working as an intern in both a local and international law firm. Passionate in public affairs and social services, she contributed her skills to these causes by hosting a public affairs forum during her time in university and volunteering in her free time. Serena is fluent in Cantonese, English and Mandarin. She can also understand and speak a little of the TeoChew dialect, which she has picked up from her mother’s side.

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Irene Wong

Irene Wong

Secretary


Recruits for: n/a

Irene is a secretary at Star Anise. She assists with enquiries from both clients and candidates and has over 20 years’ experience as both a legal secretary with international law firms and as a senior secretary with a major international recruitment firm in Hong Kong.  Irene is fluent in English and Cantonese. 

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Kelly Chao

Kelly Chao

Secretary


Recruits for: n/a

Kelly is a native of Taiwan and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in Marketing from Houston Baptist University, Texas, US.  Since graduating she has gained administration and secretarial support experience with recruitment firms in Hong Kong. 

In addition to providing full secretarial support, Kelly assists with external enquiries from both clients and candidates.  Kelly is a native Mandarin speaker and is also fluent in English and Cantonese.

 

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