SOURCE: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan Lewis

September 02, 2016 16:31 ET

Morgan Lewis Expands Commitment to Asia With New Shanghai Office

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - September 02, 2016) - Global law firm Morgan Lewis today announced it has established a new office in Shanghai, representing a significant expansion of its services to clients with interests in China and markets throughout Asia and the world. The office is the firm's sixth in Asia, its second in China, and its 29th worldwide.

Led by global corporate transactional lawyers Mitch Dudek, Todd Liao, Alex Wang, Eddie Hsu, and Cindy Pan, the office offers clients a comprehensive range of legal services to fulfill their transactional, merger and acquisition, real estate, private equity, and fund formation and investment needs. Other services include advising on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (CAP), the UK Bribery Act, technology licensing, intellectual property protection and enforcement, and labor and employment.

In 2015, Morgan Lewis secured a key base of operations in the thriving business center of Singapore with the establishment of Morgan Lewis Stamford, and in late 2014, the firm significantly expanded its Tokyo office with the addition of lawyers from Bingham McCutchen. These offices joined our offices in Beijing, Almaty, and Astana in serving clients across Asia.

"I am thrilled to welcome a team of lawyers who are deeply familiar with China and its business and legal systems," said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. "Shanghai is not only China's largest city but it is a global financial center of critical importance to our clients all around the world."

The newest additions to the Morgan Lewis greater China team bring with them backgrounds in the representation of business clients throughout the region:

Mr. Dudek has practiced in the greater China region for more than two decades. He advises on corporate, real estate, and finance transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures of corporate structures and assets, consolidation and restructuring transactions, foreign direct investments and joint ventures, energy projects, real estate developments, nonperforming loan transactions, technology licensing and anticounterfeiting, derivatives and structured finance, competition and antitrust, and other corporate, intellectual property, securities, and financial transactions.

Mr. Liao advises multinational corporations on transactions and legal issues involving China. He works on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment and investment financing, structuring of complex commercial transactions, disposal of Sino-foreign joint ventures and assets, technology licensing, intellectual property protection and enforcement, trade, and dispute resolution matters. He has worked extensively on FCPA issues in China and the Asia Pacific region.

Mr. Wang focuses primarily on real estate issues. His practice encompasses a broad range of transactions, with an emphasis on real estate private equity, fund formation, corporate and mergers and acquisitions, and corporate and real estate finance. He represents international real estate investment funds, investment banks, financial institutions, multinational corporations, and private equity and hedge funds in a variety of complex and often innovative cross-border and domestic transactions in China with respect to acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, structured finance, real estate development, public auctions, and nonperforming loan transactions.

Mr. Hsu represents clients in a wide variety of commercial transactions, with a primary focus on debt finance transactions. In addition, he works on numerous matters involving structuring, negotiating, and executing mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other foreign direct investment transactions in China. He also has been heavily involved in advising owners, developers, and operators with regard to a variety of hotel, private club, and serviced residential condominium projects.

Ms. Pan advises clients on a wide variety of corporate, real estate, commercial, and financing matters. These include foreign direct investment, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate acquisition. She also advises clients regarding the formation and raising of RMB funds in China.

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