DLA Piper has added William Fisher as a partner and head of patent in China, to be based in Shanghai. Fisher’s practice focuses on counselling, licensing and enforcement/litigation in all areas of intellectual property, with particular emphasis on patents, trade secrets and international IP and technology-related transactions. Fisher has 20 years of experience advising clients in a wide range of technologies and industries. He has practiced in the US, China and Hong Kong, and is the former chair of the IP practice in China Committee and IP practice in the Far East Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Fisher was a partner at Hogan Lovells in Shanghai prior to joining DLA Piper.

Han Kun Law Offices has added Huaying Qi as a partner, working primarily in the firm’s Beijing office. Prior to joining the firm, Qi worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (New York and Hong Kong) and Cooley (San Francisco and Shanghai). With more than 10 years of experience in fund formation and investment management-related practice areas, she has been concentrating on the formation and operation of domestic and international investment funds. She also has substantial experiences in representing institutional investors in structuring and negotiating their investments in investment funds. Qi has been deeply involved in and is familiar with internal economic and governance arrangements at the GP/management company level and other arrangements related to sponsored funds.

Luthra & Luthra has added Pallavi Bedi as a corporate partner. Prior to this move, Bedi was a partner at JSA. She has also previously worked at the London office of Mayer Brown International, with a specific focus on project finance. She has been widely practising in the areas of projects and infrastructure, with focus on energy, mining and infrastructure projects. She has extensive experience in advising domestic and international project developers. In addition, she advises clients on concession agreements, gas sale and purchase agreements, power purchase agreements, off take agreements, engineering, procurement and commissioning contracts, and operations and maintenance contracts. Bedi is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

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