CMS China has strengthened its IP practice with the appointment of Steve Yu as a partner and head of IP. He will be based in the firm’s Shanghai office. Yu, who was a partner in Eversheds prior to joining the firm, has more than 12 years of experience in cross-border transactions and international investment relating to China. His practice encompasses a broad range of transactions advising international high-tech and life science companies regarding IP matters, including IP protection, technology licensing, international franchise and business restructuring in China. In addition, he is highly experienced on competition law matters.

DLA Phillips Fox has appointed Greg Clifton as special counsel in the corporate team of the firm’s Brisbane office. Clifton has more than 20 years of experience advising on takeovers, mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings. He has advised on a number of high profile transactions, including UniTAB’s takeover bid for TAB Limited and merger with Tatts Group, takeovers of Queensland Cotton and Colorado Group, and the recapitalization of Transpacific Industries Group. He has a wide industry understanding of finance, funds management, professional services, manufacturing and agribusiness, and is also a qualified chartered accountant.

King & Wood has appointed Rupert Li as international managing partner. Before joining the firm, Li was a partner of Clifford Chance, where he had served as chief representative of its Beijing office and as a member of the firm’s partnership council, and will bring additional technical expertise and market connectivity to King & Wood’s corporate M&A practice.

Lynn Yang will be joining Norton Rose LLP as a partner in the firm’s corporate team in Shanghai, effective July 2010. Yang joins from Allen & Overy. With over 14 years’ in practice, she has acted on many China-related matters and gained broad experience, particularly in the areas of securities, funds, insurance, regulatory issues and M&A. Her experience includes the acquisition of PRC-based financial institutions, and the reorganization of investment portfolios and foreign direct investment.

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