Shanghai, August 2, 2007 – LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced today that Elizabeth Cole, formerly managing partner of Deacons’ Shanghai office, has joined the firm as a partner in its Shanghai office. Cole is the fifth partner Orrick has added to its China offices in the last six months.
“The current Chinese business climate provides enormous opportunity for corporate lawyers, especially those who have experience in investment, information technology and financing,” said Christopher Stephens, Managing Partner of Orrick’s Asian offices. “Elizabeth’s extensive China and Asia-Pacific experience is an important strategic fit for our global corporate and intellectual property practices and our ambitions in China.”
Cole’s practice focuses on corporate, mergers and acquisitions, information technology , bio-technology and , projects and financing matters representing numerous multinational corporations on the establishment, acquisition and operation of their businesses in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Her extensive experience in regional and cross-border mergers and acquisitions includes advising a U.S. listed medical devices company in connection with the PRC and Hong Kong aspects of its US$175 million acquisition of a PRC based business, a leading European water utility on several investments in PRC water and wastewater treatment companies in Southern China as well as advising numerous other U.S., European and Asian companies on acquisitions, sales and buyouts.
“I have admired Orrick’s growth in Asia the past few years, and I believe the firm’s global platform will provide great opportunity to grow my practice and attract new clients,” said Cole. “I look forward to working with Orrick’s strong corporate and intellectual property teams.”
Cole received an LLB with Honours and and a B.A. in Asian Studies from the Australian National University in 1992. She is qualified as a solicitor in New South Wales, England and Wales, Hong Kong and Queensland, as a barrister and solicitor in Victoria, and as an attorney in California. Cole began her legal career with Coudert and spent three years working with the China practice
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