NEW YORK–LAWFUEL – China Law Firm News –Owen D. Nee, Jr., a leading China practice lawyer, has joined the international law firm Jones Day, based in its New York office.
“This is a very important development for Jones Day’s China practice” said Stephen J. Brogan, Managing Partner of Jones Day. “Owen Nee is one of the most experienced and well-respected lawyers in the China practice and he will add a significant dimension to the firm’s already substantial achievements in China.”
Jones Day’s presence in China is one of the largest of any international law firm, with more than 125 lawyers based in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei. “Much of our practice involves investment by U.S. and European companies in China and there is an increasing amount of investment by Chinese companies in the United States. Therefore, we think it is important to have a substantial China practice base in our New York Office” said Mr. Brogan. “Owen will be the anchor of that practice in New York, advising clients on China matters and providing guidance to the Chinese lawyers who are admitted to the New York Bar and based in the New York office.”
Mr. Nee was the founder of the China practice at Coudert Brothers, which was the first foreign law firm to establish offices in both Beijing and Hong Kong. Many of the transactions documented by Mr. Nee were the first of their kind in China, including the documentation of the first equity joint venture, the first large scale project financing, the first American offshore oil concession, and the first syndicated loan to China. For more than 25 years, Mr. Nee was based in Greater China, principally in Hong Kong but also in Beijing and Shanghai. He returned to the United States in 2005.
Mr. Nee has represented many of the world’s largest corporations in a wide variety of China transactions and he has advised Chinese clients on numerous matters, including the first IPO of a Chinese company on the New York Stock Exchange, the first currency swap for a Chinese bank and the first internal investigation of corporate governance procedures for a Chinese bank.
Mr. Nee was named in the 2006 Asialaw Leading Lawyers survey as “one of the most highly acclaimed legal experts in the Asia-Pacific region.” He has also been named as one of New York’s Super Lawyers in the most recent publication of the list. Mr. Nee is admitted to practice in New York, England and Wales, and Hong Kong; and he will divide his time between the Jones Day offices in New York and in Shanghai.
Mr. Nee edits the Bureau of National Affair’s Tax Portfolio on Business Operations in China, is the general editor of Commerce Clearing House’s Guide to PRC Tax and Customs Law, and is the author of Shareholder Agreements and Joint Ventures in the People’s Republic of China (Thomson Hong Kong, 2005). Mr. Nee is currently writing a book for West Publications on China’s Contract Law. He has taught at New York University Law School and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School teaching a course on International Business and Investment Transactions with China.
Jones Day is an international law firm which has 30 locations in the centers of business and finance throughout the world. With more than 2,200 lawyers, including more than 400 in Europe and 200 in Asia, it ranks among the world’s largest law firms.