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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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Jennifer Donnelly

Jennifer Donnelly

Associate Director


Recruits for: Private Practice Lawyers (NQs to Counsels), 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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Aloris Lam

Aloris Lam

Consultant (Business Support Staff in Law Firms)


Recruits for: Legal and Business Support Professionals

Aloris is a specialist recruiter dedicated to the recruitment of legal secretaries, receptionists, administration professionals, translators, and office managers for major and international law firms and professional service firms. 

A native of Hong Kong she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from City University of Hong Kong, and subsequently studied German in Berlin for almost a year after her undergraduate degree.

Before joining the recruitment industry, Aloris was a real estate professional in Hong Kong. She developed a particular interest in helping people, and she realised that she should pursue a career in recruitment to utilise her negotiation skills, organisation and time management skills. 

She joined a boutique recruitment firm in Hong Kong as their Researcher and was promoted within 3 months.  Aloris joined Star Anise in 2018. 

Aloris is an adventurous traveller, enjoying in-depth travel and exploring developing countries. She also has a deep appreciation for contemporary arts. 

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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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Melissa Yip

Melissa Yip

Assistant Practice Manager


Recruits for: n/a

Melissa joined Star Anise in 2019 to specialise in recruiting junior to mid-level lawyers in private practice, before transitioning into an operational role for the Star Anise group of companies from 1 May 2021, where she takes care of the day-to-day operational and administrative needs of the businesses, as well as continues to maintain relationships with key law firm clients of Star Anise Legal.  

Prior to joining Star Anise, Melissa had a successful 10 year career in Education in both teaching and managing her own tuition enterprise. She learnt that student success came from developing meaningful relationships and further developed her own ability to communicate, listen and understand other perspectives. She transitioned into recruitment, so that she could capitalise on these skills to engage and understand candidates and clients in order to give them the best possible opportunities. 

She obtained a bachelor degree in Human Geography from Queen Mary, University of London in England, and followed this with a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education from the University of Hong Kong. 

Melissa is an avid reader and art enthusiast, and tries hard to lead a sustainable lifestyle.

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Amritpal Kaur

Amritpal Kaur

Marketing Assistant


Recruits for: n/a

Amritpal (Amrit) is a Marketing Assistant at Star Anise Limited, providing the full breadth of marketing services to the Star Anise Group. 

She completed her Master of Science (MSc) in Business Analysis and Strategic Management from the University of Manchester in 2020 and Bachelor of Science (BSc) in International Business from the University of Leeds in 2019. In 2020, Amrit joined Star Anise as a Research and Admin Intern working closely with consultants on research and candidate management activities. She was later promoted to Marketing & Research Associate, looking after market research as well as the marketing activities of our sister businesses SALT and YUZU. On 1 September 2021, she was promoted to Marketing Assistant. 

Before joining Star Anise, Amrit worked as an external legal technology consultant for a renowned law firm in the UK as a part of her Master’s Degree to formulate a report based on primary and secondary research. During her studies, she also worked as an Events and Sales Assistant at a flash sales company in Hong Kong. In addition to native English and Punjabi language skills, Amit is a fluent speaker in Hindi. 

 

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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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