Leading international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has appointed partner Nanda Lau to lead the firm's Beijing and Shanghai representative offices, as part of its expansion plans for China and Asia.
Nanda will continue to lead the firm's China corporate practice and Shanghai representative office in her new role, reporting to China Managing Partner Matt Emsley.
Nanda will be collaborating on the ground in Beijing with partners Monica Sun and Calvin Ho. Matt Emsley will work with Stanley Xie, a capital market partner of Herbert Smith Freehills Kewei joint operation to jointly lead the capital markets team in mainland China. Stanley will split his time between Shanghai and Beijing.
"We remain committed to our presence in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, but also to refocussing our transactional and disputes strengths on fast-growing sectors in China, including energy transition, private capital and tech," said Asia managing partner May Tai.
"Nanda's new role will strengthen the connection between our two mainland representative offices and, in turn encourage even greater collaboration with colleagues in Hong Kong and in our affiliated firm Kewei."
Herbert Smith Freehills has been present in China for some 40 years, and has seven partners* and 21 lawyers** in mainland China, as well as five partners and 27 lawyers** at its joint operation firm Kewei.
*refers to lawyers at partner level, with titles differing according to regulatory requirements
**inclusive of lawyers and legal professionals
The Herbert Smith Freehills-Kewei joint operation was established in 2019. It allows the firm to provide seamless China-related legal services to clients through a single relationship, including access to quality PRC law advice from Kewei.
"The China market has changed dramatically since our current structure was created in the 2000s, and our joint operation with Kewei in China has now added even more capabilities and clients," said Nanda. "The time is right to refresh the structure to reflect our business and clients today by aligning our integrated team approach across the two mainland representative offices to better serve our expansion ambitions."
"Our China lawyers already work together across the three offices on corporate, capital markets and disputes matters every day," said China managing partner Matt Emsley. "Nanda's leadership will strengthen that collaboration and help us increase our work for both existing and new clients."
刘律师将与史密夫斐尔北京代表处合伙人孙晔(Monica Sun)律师和胡贵英(Calvin Ho)律师紧密合作。同时，艾迈修还将与科伟史密夫斐尔联营办公室资本市场业务合伙人谢守德(Stanley Xie)律师紧密合作，联合领导中国内地的资本市场团队。谢律师会在上海和北京两地办公。