King & Wood Mallesons scores departing Herbies Shanghai partner

The former head of Herbert Smith’s China M&A practice Simon Meng will join King & Wood Mallesons in Shanghai as a partner in the coming months.

The news about Meng’s resignation was revealed at the end of last month (25 June 2012), and new details have emerged recently confirming that Meng will be joining King & Wood Mallesons in Shanghai to strengthen the firm’s international practice in China.

Meng has been practising with Herbert Smith since 2000, when he joined from Sidley Austin’s Hong Kong office (17 April 2000). He relocated to Shanghai in 2003, when the firm opened in the city to focus on China-related project finance, project development and M&A.

Meng, who is qualified in New York and Paris, has been working in China and Hong Kong since 1994, handling mainly China projects and inbound investment.

Apart from Meng, King & Wood Mallesons, which recently won the International Law Firm of the Year award at The Lawyer Awards (27 June 2012), has recruited a number of partners from other international firms. The most recent lateral hires include a three-lawyer energy and resources team in Beijing led by former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner Dirk Walker (7 June 2012).