Baker & McKenzie has strengthened its China dispute resolution practice with the addition of James Kwan as partner in its Hong Kong office. Kwan will join on 1 March 2011 from Simmons & Simmons. His practice focuses on international commercial arbitration and litigation, with a particular emphasis on infrastructure, engineering and energy disputes. He brings a wealth of international and regional experience, having been involved in disputes and arbitrations in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Kwan is qualified and admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Hong Kong, England and Wales.

King & Wood has expanded its Hong Kong and China cross border dispute resolution practice with the recruitment of senior PRC litigator Renee Gu. She has over 20 years of China dispute resolution experience and had served as a Shanghai Higher People’s Court judge for seven years before entering into private practice at the Hong Kong offices of Jones Day and Herbert Smith. Gu’s private practice primarily focused on representing international and Chinese companies in litigation and arbitration throughout China, Hong Kong, the US and Europe. She has worked on some of the largest and most complex disputes in and outside China. Shortly after receiving her LLB and LLM from Beijing University, she became one of the youngest Chinese High Court judges ever admitted. Gu is qualified to practice in China and New York.

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