Beijing, August 2, 2007 – LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced today that Thomas Man, formerly a corporate partner with Baker & McKenzie, has joined the firm as a partner in its Beijing office. Man is the sixth partner Orrick has added to its China offices in the last six months and among 50 added to Orrick’s China offices this year.
“Government policies and the continuing growth of the private sector have contributed to a booming business environment for companies and investors in China, and the recent growth of our China practice reflects both the strength and potential of the Chinese economy,” said Christopher Stephens, Managing Partner of Orrick’s Asian offices. “Thomas’ addition further enhances our profile in China and strengthens our ability to service foreign companies doing business in China and Chinese companies seeking to do transactions globally.”
Thomas’s practice focuses on representing foreign companies in their foreign direct investment, merger and acquisition projects and real estate investment in China. He has acted for many multinational clients in their China related projects, including acquisitions, divestitures, and joint venture projects on transactions. He has also assisted foreign clients with establishment of “greenfields” operations in the forms of either Chinese-foreign joint ventures or wholly foreign-owned enterprises. He has counseled foreign clients with their operational issues ranging from regulatory compliance, customs and trade, employment disputes, commercial contract negotiations, distribution networks, to technology transfer, licensing, and general tax advice. Thomas also represents a number of Chinese companies in their investment, acquisitions, and joint venture projects outside China, such as in the U.S., Canada, Russia and CIS, South Africa, and the Philippines.
“I am impressed with Orrick’s global platform and broad practice offerings which will help support my ‘two-way’ practice, focused on both China-bound foreign investment and outbound investment projects,” said Man. “Orrick’s culture and its clear vision and strategy for China and Asia are extremely conducive to building a first-rate practices and developing productive working relationships with clients and with our partners across the firm, and I look forward to interacting with my colleagues around the world.”
Man received a B.A. in History from Shandong Normal University, China, in 1981 and an M.A. in Western History from Beijing University, in 1984. He then taught at Beijing University and later moved to the U.S. to take a one-year position as a visiting professor at Harvard University. He received a PhD in American Constitutional History from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994. He returned to China to study law and received a Certificate of Chinese Law from East China University of Politics and Law, Shanghai in 1995. He then returned to the U.S. and attended the Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington, where he received a J.D. in 1997.
Man is also actively involved with a number of influential Chinese legal and educational institutions.
The Supreme People’s Court of China appointed Man as one of only two foreign advisors to the drafting committee of China’s Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science to draft the first Uniform Rules of Evidence for all Chinese courts. In addition, he is currently an adjunct professor of law at the China University of Politics and Law (CUPL) in Beijing.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an international law firm with more than 980 lawyers in North America, Europe and Asia. The firm focuses on litigation, complex and novel finance and innovative corporate transactions. Orrick clients include Fortune 100 companies, major industrial and financial corporations, commercial and investment banks, high-growth companies, governmental entities, start-ups and individuals. The firm’s 18 offices are located in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Moscow, New York, Orange County, Pacific Northwest, Paris, Rome, Sacramento, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Taipei, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.