Bird & Bird has recruited Grace Chen, an IT/Communications specialist to help build the firm’s commercial capabilities in China. Chen is a respected Technology and Communications lawyer in China having focused on this area for nearly 10 years. She joins from WilmerHale’s Beijing office, which she helped to establish two years ago when she moved there from Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison along with a team. She has extensive experience of a broad range of issues affecting the hi-tech industry from regulatory matters to technology transfer and intellectual property. Chen will work alongside partner Marcus Vass to continue to build the firm’s Communications, Media and Technology practice in China. Her appointment follows the recent hiring of senior lawyer David Len bringing the CMT practice in Asia to two partners and 7 other fee earners.

Morrison & Foerster has appointed noted capital markets lawyer Andrew W Winden as a partner in the Corporate Group in Tokyo. Winden has practiced in Japan since 2001. Over that period, he has worked on several of the largest global offerings by Japanese issuers, including the US$5.2 billion offering of common stock by Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc, the privatisations of Central Japan Railway Company, Electric Power Development Co Ltd, and West Japan Railway Company, and the initial public offering of Dentsu Inc Mr. Winden also handled the New York Stock Exchange listings of NTT DoCoMo Inc and Konami Corporation. Winden has also been active in mergers and acquisitions transactions involving Japanese principals, including the merger of Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group, Inc. and UFJ Holdings.

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