Shanghai – LAWFUEL – Law News Network – DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary (“DLA Piper”) today announced the appointment of a foreign direct investment, mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) and dispute resolution expert,
Henry Wang who joins as a partner. Mr Wang, former General Counsel of Shanghai General Motors has extensive experience with, and an in-depth understanding of, China’s automotive industry.
Mr Wang, a US-qualified lawyer with more than 14 year’s experience representing multinational companies investing and adapting their operations in China, and Chinese enterprises expanding their operations overseas, was recognised in 2006 by the Asian Legal Business magazine as one of Asia’s top 20 in-house counsel.
Mr Wang has a proven track record in M&A, negotiation and documentation, establishment of joint ventures or wholly foreign owned entities, due diligence, intellectual property rights, technology/know-how licences, corporate financing, dispute resolution, employment and real estate.
“This is a key appointment for the continuing growth of DLA Piper in China following the opening of our Beijing office. As one of the leading Chinese practices serving local and multinational clients, we have identified foreign direct investment as a key priority, based on the growing demand from existing and potential clients from the US, Europe and Asia, seeking greater value investment opportunities in China. With Wang’s ability to structure and devise value-added solutions which bridge the gap between East and West, we can strengthen our offering in this area,” said Roy Chan, DLA Piper Shanghai office Managing Partner.
DLA Piper has three offices and more than 100 lawyers in China. In June 2006, the firm officially opened its office in Beijing, making DLA Piper one of the largest international law firms in the country. Its office in Hong Kong is also a key international base for the China practice. In Asia DLA Piper doubled in size with 212 partners/fee earners at the end of April 2006, up from 102 in mid-2004.
Nick Seddon, Asia Managing Director of DLA Piper, said: “DLA Piper’s commitment to Asia and our strong growth in this region is demonstrated by key appointments such as Wang’s. We will continue to invest in our people as we are committed to providing clients with the best lawyers who have a passion for providing a quality service. There is also a demand for an international perspective to legal advice and business decisions in Asia which is driving our businesses and key sectors including automotive.”
Prior to his legal career, Mr Wang worked for the Chinese Foreign Ministry and the United Nations as an interpreter. He holds a JD from The University of Wisconsin Law School.