Clydes snaps up Clifford Chance’s China head of litigation and arbitration

Clifford Chance’s China head of litigation and arbitration Patrick Zheng has joined Clyde & Co as Beijing office managing partner.

Zheng, who is set to play an active part in developing Clyde’s presence in China and Korea, is the firm’s second high-profile litigation and arbitration lateral hire this week.

Yesterday it was announced that Eversheds’ Middle East chairman Chris Jobson had joined the firm as a partner in Abu Dhabi (14 July 2014).

Zheng is a Chinese national specialising in international arbitration and both onshore and offshore China-related dispute resolution.

His addition to the firm brings it to 18 partners and over 150 total staff members across its Greater China network.

Zheng joined Clifford Chance in 2011 after two years at legacy Herbert Smith, which he joined from local arbitration committee CIETAC in Beijing in 2009 (2 September 2009).

Clyde & Co has been actively developing its arbitration practice since the 2011 merger with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (8 August 2011), which substantially increased the size of its litigation team.

The arbitration group now consists of more than 60 partners worldwide and focuses on large-scale and multi-jurisdictional commercial arbitrations in construction, energy, marine, trade and insurance.

As well as Jobson joining the firm in the Middle East, Latin America specialist Brian Dunning recently joined Clydes in New York from US firm Venable, while Rajah & Tann’s head of South Asia Prakash Pillai joined in Singapore.

Clydes has made significant investments in China over the past year, opening its third Greater China office in Beijing in May 2013 (7 May 2013) and receiving regulatory approval to establish a joint venture in Chongqing with domestic firm West Link Partnership in October (30 October 2013).

The firm already had bases in Hong Kong and Shanghai, which were established in 1981 and 2006 (16 January 2006) respectively.