DLA Piper has appointed John Shi and Nicolas Groffman as partners in its Greater China practice. They will both be joining the firm’s Beijing office in the near future. Shi joins from Mallesons Stephen Jaques where he has been the Beijing chief representative since 2004. He previously worked in Denton Wilde Sapte as the firm’s Beijing chief representative. Shi’s more than 20 years’ experience encompasses corporate advisory as well as regulatory matters, including FCPA. His expertise includes M&A, foreign direct investment and all types of corporate structures and operational issues in China.
Groffman joins DLA from Mallesons Stephen Jaques’ Beijing office where he was a partner in the M&A group. He has a broad based corporate and M&A practice with a focus on China foreign direct investment, corporate and commercial and corporate regulatory compliance. Having worked in China for over 10 years, Groffman is also experienced in dispute resolution and financing. He has particular expertise in the telecommunications and media, real estate, climate change and clean energy sectors, as well as experience in the areas of labour law, construction, automotive and financial services industries.

Eversheds has bolstered its China capability with the appointment of former Norton Rose corporate partner Virginie Deslandres as senior partner. She has been working in China for over 25 years and has extensive knowledge of the legal landscape across Asia, where she has advised large multi-national and mid-size companies on market entry strategy, multiple cross-border M&A deals, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Deslandres specialises in advising French and European companies across Asia. Her expertise also extends to infrastructure projects, construction and tax planning. Being a French national, she is admitted to the Paris Bar and holds a Doctorate in business law.

Hogan Lovells has strengthened its Greater China IP practice with the lateral hire of William Fisher as a partner based in the firm’s Shanghai office. An experienced US IP lawyer and China IP strategist, Fisher was formerly in Perkins Coie’s Seattle office where he focused on counselling and litigation in the areas of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Fisher has extensive experience providing clients with strategic advice on managing intellectual property assets in China, including acquiring, protecting and enforcing patent and other intellectual property rights in the country.


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