Clyde & Co has added Patrick Zheng to the firm’s Beijing office. He joins from Clifford Chance where he was head of China litigation and arbitration. Zheng specialises in international arbitration, China-related litigation and other China-related contentious matters. He will also be the managing partner for the firm’s Beijing office. His primary focus is representing Chinese clients before foreign venues, such as HKIAC, SIAC, ICC and courts of various jurisdictions. He also represents international companies before Chinese arbitration tribunals and Chinese courts. His has previously worked on PetroChina’s first significant overseas arbitration case and the IFC’s first CIETAC (China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission) case. His career includes roles with Herbert Smith and CIETAC in Beijing. A Chinese national, Zheng is fluent in Mandarin, English and Korean, with proficiency in Japanese.

Latham & Watkins has added Sami Al-Louzi as a partner in the corporate department of the firm’s Riyadh and Dubai offices. Al-Louzi’s practice focusses on equity capital markets in Saudi Arabia and other markets in the Middle East and on cross-border M&A. With more than 17 years of experience in the Middle East, he has earned a reputation as one of the leading capital markets practitioners in the region. He represents global and Middle East banks, investment banks, regional private equity firms and leading Saudi Arabian family businesses with extensive business interests. He has deep knowledge of the financial services, securities infrastructure, healthcare and telecommunications sectors in the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Al-Louzi, joins from Vinson & Elkins.

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