Holland & Knight LLP strengthens its capabilities in the China market with the arrival of Richard H. Lawrence III. Lawrence joins the firm’s International and China Practice Groups as partner resident in the firm’s Beijing office.
Lawrence, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, has extensive experience in China-related matters, having represented both PRC government agencies and state-owned enterprises and foreign investors. He has advised on a wide range of banking, joint venture, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, project development and finance, corporate finance, technology transfers, workouts, and general corporate and commercial matters.
In China, Lawrence served as principal legal adviser to the Chinese sponsor in a number of high-profile energy, infrastructure and natural resource projects, including the Antaibao Surface Coal Mine Project, the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant Project, and the Guangdong LNG Terminal and Trunk Pipeline Project. He also advised on the Laibin B Power Plant BOT Project, the Chengdu No. 6 Water Plant B BOT Project and the Taiwan High Speed Rail Project, among others.
“Richard’s breadth of experience and depth of knowledge significantly enhances our capabilities in this dynamic market,” said Tad Ferris and Hongjun Zhang, both partners with the firm’s China Team who lead Holland & Knight’s China regulatory and government affairs practice. “He is a tremendous asset to our multinational clients with business interests in China.”
Lawrence received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his J.D. from Columbia Law School. He is admitted to practice in New York and is a member of the Hong Kong Law Society.
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