OUR TEAM

Annie Tang

Annie Tang

Co-Managing Director


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

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, Of Counsels and Senior Associates, C-Suite Executives, Senior Compliance 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 an active Committee member of the Exeter Hong Kong Alumni group, the official Hong Kong alumni chapter of the University of Exeter. 

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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Jennifer Donnelly

Jennifer Donnelly

Associate Director


Recruits for: Private Practice lawyers, In-house Counsels

Jennifer is an Associate Director with over ten years of highly successful experience recruiting in the Legal sector in Hong Kong and throughout Asia.  Having built an extensive network of contacts, she is highly regarded by her peers, and is well versed in advising lawyers at all levels, including Associates, Partners, In House Legal Counsel.  Her client base includes international law firms, multi-national corporations and professional services firms.  Jennifer has been involved in a number of legal related events, and was a panel speaker at the LegalTech Asia Technology Summit 2014 in Hong Kong. 

Jennifer attended California State University Fullerton where she studied Communications & Advertising.  She relocated to Australia in 1999 where she began her career in recruitment, and came to Hong Kong in 2002.  In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys cooking, music and travel. Get to know Jennifer more with our team member interview series

 

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Michael Kwan

Michael Kwan

Associate Director


Recruits for: In-house Counsels, Company Secretaries, Corporate Governance Professionals

Michael graduated from the University of Nottingham, England, with a BA in Economics and Chinese Studies. He joined the Hong Kong office of an international multidisciplinary consultancy as a Strategy Consultant, advising governments on infrastructures, as well as financial institutions and conglomerates on investment strategies in the maritime sector. 

In addition, Michael oversaw the recruitment, mentoring and training of over 20 junior staff members and interns, and was a key member of the team in building and development client relationships. 

After more than 4 years as a Strategy Consultant, Michael joined Star Anise in 2013 to support the firm’s growth, focusing on mid-level in-house lawyers and company secretaries.

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Jennifer Yang

Jennifer Yang

Senior Manager


Recruits for: Audit, Compliance, Risk Management, Corporate Governance

Jennifer Yang joined Star Anise as Senior Manager with over 6 years of highly successful recruitment experience plus 4 years of investment banking experience. Her areas of specialisation predominately focuses on Audit, Compliance and Risk management functions recruitment for global banks and financial services. Having built a successful recruitment track record and possessing insightful Hong Kong market knowledge, Jennifer is highly regarded by her clients and senior job-seeking candidates in advising on hiring strategies, Hong Kong talent pools, market trends as well as interview preparation and management.

Jennifer obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. After graduation she returned to Taiwan and joined one of the largest local investment banks, China Development Industrial Bank, as front office FX and Option trader for almost 4 years. She relocated to Beijing in 2011 and completed her Master Science majoring in Financial Engineering. After completion of that degree, Jennifer moved to Hong Kong with her family and has built significant market knowledge and a solid track record. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family as well as enjoying golfing and fine dining.

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Christy Ho

Christy Ho

Consultant


Recruits for: Paralegals, Marketing and Business Development Professionals

Christy is a graduate from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with a Bachelor of Laws and minor in Spanish. She was an active member of her college rowing team, which she has coached and represented in numerous competitions over her university years.

Prior to joining Star Anise, Christy has had a very diverse work history, ranging from freelance acting, business development for a media company and writing for a luxury magazine. After graduation, she joined the company to pursue a career in the recruitment industry as an Associate Consultant, where with her energetic personality and passion for helping others, she is committed to providing the best service to her clients and candidates. In June 2016, she was promoted to Consultant. 

An avid traveller, Christy enjoys visiting countries and savouring international cuisines all over the globe. Whether honing her Spanish in Europe, or backpacking around Asia, she has dreams of traveling and exploring the world. Get to know Christy more by reading our interview with her! 

 

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Firenze Ho

Firenze Ho

Assistant Office Manager


Recruits for: Receptionists, Administration and other junior Business Support Roles

Firenze is a native of Hong Kong. She studied and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Studies from The University of Lancaster, England. Firenze was a member of the administration and operational support team of a Hong Kong executive search firm for over 2 years before joining Star Anise in 2014, where she became involved in research and candidate management. In early 2018, Firenze transitioned into her current role of Assistant Office Manager. 

As well her fluency in Cantonese and English, Firenze is a fluent Mandarin speaker. In 2014, Firenze completed a diploma in Human Resources with The Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions. Get to know Firenze more by reading our interview

 

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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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