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Shanghai partner Nanda Lau has been named Herbert Smith Freehills’ new head of the firm’s China corporate practice, effective 1 May 2021.

She replaces Hong Kong partner Matt Emsley, who is now managing partner of the firm’s China operations.

Nanda has been based in Shanghai since 2005, and has led the firm’s office there since 2016. An experienced corporate partner, she advises on China-related cross-border M&A and corporate transactions.

“Nanda is a natural choice for this role, with an admired market reputation amongst our clients and proven success in leadership within the firm,” said Asia Managing Partner May Tai.

“China is an important market for our local and global clients and for our firm, and I am confident that the practice will continue to thrive under her watch.”

The firm’s China corporate practice operates from offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, advising clients on corporate, M&A and investments, and capital markets transactions.

With expertise in energy, TMT, consumer goods and pharma work, it also offers in-depth headquarters advisory advice on regulatory, ESG and compliance.

“Our capabilities in China were boosted by the launch of our joint operation with Kewei Law Firm in 2019, enabling us to provide seamless access to PRC law,” said Asia Head of Corporate Graeme Preston.

”Nanda’s role in the joint operation’s development, launch and its subsequent success makes her ideal for this role.”


史密夫斐尔律师事务所任命上海办公室合伙人刘依兰律师(Nanda Lau)为中国公司事务主管,自2021年5月1日起生效。

刘依兰律师将接替香港办公室合伙人艾迈修(Matt Emsley)此前担任的这一职务。艾迈修已升任本所中国区管理合伙人。


史密夫斐尔亚洲区管理合伙人戴枫媚(May Tai)表示:“刘依兰律师在客户中享有极高的口碑和声誉,在律所内部的领导能力也获得了认可和成功,是担任这一职位的合适选择。”




史密夫斐尔亚洲区公司事务主管合伙人Graeme Preston表示:“2019年,史密夫斐尔与科伟律师事务所开展联营,此举提升了我们在中国市场的执业实力,使我们能够实现与中国法律服务的无缝衔接。”




1. Nanda joined Herbert Smith Freehills in 2002 and was promoted to partner in 2014. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Hong Kong, before completing a master’s degree in law from the University of Cambridge in the UK. She is fluent in Cantonese, Putonghua and English.

2. Operating from 26 offices across Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America, Herbert Smith Freehills is at the heart of the new global business landscape. It provides premium quality, full-service legal advice on dispute resolution, projects and transactions to many of the world’s most important organisations. The firm has expertise across industry sectors, including banks, consumer products, energy, financial buyers, infrastructure and transport, mining, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, real estate, TMT, and manufacturing and industrials.

With a 30-year history in Asia, Herbert Smith Freehills has over 300 lawyers and legal professionals in the region, advising clients on complex corporate, disputes and finance matters from offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta*, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.

*In Jakarta, Herbert Smith Freehills' international counsel practise alongside its affiliate firm, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, one of Indonesia’s leading commercial and corporate law firms.


1. 刘依兰律师于2002年加入史密夫斐尔律师事务所,2014年晋升为合伙人。她拥有香港大学法学学士学位,以及英国剑桥大学法学硕士学位。刘律师精通广东话、普通话和英语。

2. 史密夫斐尔律师事务所在亚太地区、欧洲、中东、非洲和北美设有26个办公室,深入全球新商业格局的核心。律所为全球众多重要机构组织就争议解决、工程项目和交易提供优质的全方位法律服务。律所涉及行业广泛,包括银行、消费品、能源、财务买方、基建和交通、矿业、医药保健、房地产、科技、媒体及电信,以及制造业和工业。


*史密夫斐尔在雅加达与其联营律师事务所Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung共同执业,Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung是印度尼西亚领先的商业和公司事务律师事务所。

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