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US firm Covington & Burling has applied to open an office in Shanghai in a move to expand its Chinese offering.
The firm has hired Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Shanghai partner Eva Wang as a partner in its Beijing office, with the intention of transferring her to Shanghai once Covington has gained approval to open in the city.
Former Wilson Sonsini partner Michelle Edwards, who practises corporate and securities law, will also join Covington’s Beijing office as a partner. She focuses on advising China-based clients, both public and private, as well as US-based corporations engaging in cross-border transactions with Chinese counterparties.
Timothy Hester, chair of Covington’s management committee, said the new team would provide the core of the Shanghai office when it opened, “hopefully later this year”.
Wilson Sonsini partner Scott Anthony, who works with both US and China-based public and private companies and specialises in M&A, has also joined Covington and will be based in its Silicon Valley office.
Wei Zhou, who is the CEO of Centrillion Biosciences in California, has also joined the firm as senior advisor. He will continue in his Centrillion role.
The Wilson Sonsini team joining Covington also includes corporate lawyer Carmen Chang, who will be joining the firm as senior of counsel and will divide her time between the firm’s Silicon Valley and China offices.