Clayton Utz has expanded its national energy and resources capability with the appointment of Jonathan Li as a partner in its corporate practice, based in Melbourne. Li has broad-ranging domestic and international energy and resources experience, with a particular focus on the mining industry. He has provided strategic commercial advice to a range of clients in the energy and resources sectors, including on M&A private treaty transactions, public takeovers and schemes of arrangement, FIRB approvals, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, as well as on equity capital markets transactions, restructures, international treaties and the application of foreign bribery legislation.

Loeb & Loeb has appointed Roger C Peng as a partner in its Beijing office. Peng was most recently a partner in the Beijing office of Paul Hastings, prior to which he served as managing partner of Hogan & Hartson’s (now Hogan Lovells) Beijing office. Peng’s practice focuses on M&As, private equity, venture capital, and complex commercial transactions, with a particular focus on transactions in telecommunications, Internet, media, software and other technology sectors. He represents investment funds and other clients in numerous private equity transactions, and both acquirers and targets/sellers in cross-border M&As. Fluent in English and Mandarin, Peng practiced in New York City before moving to Beijing and has practiced in the greater China region since 2000.

Mayer Brown JSM has firmed up its corporate practice in Mainland China with the addition of Henry Wang and Billy Au as partners. Wang will be based in Beijing as head of investments, China. Formerly the managing partner of Dechert’s Beijing office, he has 20 years of experience in advising tier-one multinational companies and industry leaders on corporate matters. Au was formerly an Of counsel at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe in Hong Kong and Herbert Smith in Beijing prior to joining Mayer Brown JSM. He has extensive experience in global offerings, inbound and outbound M&As and other corporate finance exercises of Chinese state-owned and privately-owned enterprises.

O’Melveny & Myers has appointed Gigi Woo as a capital markets partner to be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office. She has spent the bulk of her career leading legal teams at some of the top investment banks throughout Asia, including senior positions in the legal departments of Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC, and, most recently, Standard Chartered Bank where she served as the global head of debt and equity capital markets legal. Woo has overseen a wide variety of both debt and equity capital market transactions, securitizations, cross-border and domestic M&As and financings. She has also worked on numerous IPOs.

White & Case has boosted its China M&A practice with the addition of new partner Tao Lan in Beijing. Lan joins from Dewey & LeBoeuf in Beijing, and he was previously a partner at King & Wood. He has wide-ranging experience advising Chinese state-owned enterprises and multinational corporations on their M&A activities across a wide range of sectors, including telecommunications, manufacturing, banking, facility and hotel management and media. He also has solid experience in the energy sector, having advised CNPC, CNOOC, Sinopec and others on significant outbound transactions involving acquisitions in Africa, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. Lan is a member of the New York Bar.


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