London-based Withers Worldwide has hired a team of seven corporate attorneys from Winston & Strawn in Hong Kong, including the former head of the firm’s corporate practice in Asia, Withers announced July 3.
Mabel Lui, who will serve as head of the greater China commercial department at Withers, joins the international corporate practice along with two partners, four associates, and other staff.
The move comes just about a month after Winston acknowledged it shuttered its offices in Beijing and Taipei.
Lui said in a statement that the firm adds “to our ability to advise on major transactions” and will provide his team’s “clients access to top quality international advice on their personal, business, charitable and philanthropic activities.”
Lui is joined at Withers by Polly Chu, a partner specializing in corporate real estate matters, and Daniel Tang, whose practice is focused on cross-border international mergers and acquisitions.
Deirdre Fu, David Cheng, and Kathy Ku are joining Withers as associates, according to the firm.
The legal team, including 12 individuals, is moving to Withers’ Asia Pacific team while other law firms reconsider the structure of their investments in China. Winston recently consolidated, and Dorsey & Whitney announced a U.S.-China practice in which most of the attorneys are scattered across the U.S.
Ivan Sacks, U.S.-based chairman of Withers, said that the new team would expand the firm’s offerings.
“Their team brings with them considerable experience of representing the core of our client base, including family offices, major shareholders, entrepreneurs and privately-held companies, as well as PRC state-owned enterprises,” Sacks wrote on July 3. “The opportunities that this generates for our US clients are immense, including the potential for strategic partnerships with growing Chinese enterprises, and access to the vast range of markets within China.”
Representatives for Winston didn’t immediately return requests for comment on Monday.
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