Partner Moves & Promotions - 8/12/2010


Posted on August 12, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Shearman & Sterling has further strengthened its capabilities in Greater China by adding Shuang Zhao as a partner to its Hong Kong office. Zhao, a New York-qualified specialist on securities offering and mergers & acquisitions transactions, comes to the firm as a lateral hire from Simpson & Thacher's Hong Kong office. With substantial experience representing Chinese issuers and investment banks in NYSE and NASDAQ IPOs, Hong Kong IPOs, and Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings of equity, debt and convertible securities, Zhao has also advised clients in the renewable energy, education, retail and healthcare sectors. Zhao will join the firm's Greater China corporate team, which is involved in cross-border joint ventures and foreign direct investments in U.S. and European corporations. Most recently, the firm represented Qatar Holding in its U.S.$2.8bn cornerstone investment in the Agricultural Bank of China, a component of what was the world's largest-ever IPO. 

Veteran litigation lawyer Michael Vella has joined Jones Day's Intellectual Property practice in Shanghai as a partner. Vella, formerly a partner in the Shanghai office of Morrison & Foerster, led the firm's China litigation practice. A veteran litigator, Vella has frequently been involved in high-stake commercial disputes representing various clients in industries ranging from consumer electronics to semiconductor and bio-technology.

Susan Deng has joined Mayer Brown JSM's employment and benefits practice in China as a partner. Deng, who is leaving Standard Chartered Bank (China) Limited where she was a senior legal counsel specializing in employment matters, will work in the firm's Hong Kong office for ten months before relocating to Shanghai. Possessing extensive experience in employment matters in Mainland China, including termination of employment contracts, de facto employment relationship, wage and welfare benefits and work-related injuries by mediation and arbitration, at the Jun He Law Offices and TransAsia Lawyers in Shanghai, Deng was also an Arbitrator & Deputy Division Chief of the Jiangsu Provincial Personnel Department for five years.

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