Kewei Law Firm has hired partner Cathy Liu in Shanghai, adding China disputes expertise to the firm's joint operation with Herbert Smith Freehills.
A leading China disputes lawyer with international expertise, Cathy specialises in general commercial litigation and also has extensive experience in regulatory investigations, white-collar crime and labour disputes.
Herbert Smith Freehills is one of only six international law firms permitted to integrate China law advice with international legal services through its joint operation with Kewei in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
"Cathy's expertise will be of enormous value to our clients," said Kewei international partner Gavin Guo. "Her experience in regulatory investigations and white-collar crime will be in demand in today's highly regulated markets."
The joint operation, Herbert Smith Freehills Kewei, formally launched in August and its services are already in heavy demand from international and China clients.
"Adding a partner like Cathy strengthens all of our capabilities in China," said May Tai, Herbert Smith Freehills' Greater China managing partner. "Clients can now access China court, tribunal or regulatory representation through one joint operation, saving time and money."
"As the leading disputes practice in Asia, adding expertise in this area was a priority for our joint operation," said Herbert Smith Freehills Executive Partner Justin D'Agostino. "Cathy is an exciting addition to Kewei, and our joint operation, and we look forward to working with her."
ABOUT CATHY LIU
Fluent in Mandarin and English, Cathy obtained her bachelor's degree in law from East China University of Political Science and Law in 2001 and her master's degree in law from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She was admitted to the Chinese bar in 2004 and the New York bar in 2013.
Prior to joining Kewei, Cathy was a partner at King & Wood Mallesons.
Cathy has over 10 years' experience representing clients in China court and arbitration proceedings, administrative and criminal investigations, including advice on anti-corruption, anti-monopoly, fraud and sanctions matters. She also advises clients in disputes involving wrongful termination, non-compete arrangements and labour unions.