Covington hires 2Birds partner for Shanghai launch

Washington DC headquartered Covington & Burling has recruited a partner from Bird & Bird’s Shanghai office as the firm prepares to open its second office in China.

Li Weishi focuses on transactional and IP matters in the life sciences and technology sectors. Prior to joining Bird & Bird in November 2010, she was a counsel at O’Melveny & Myers, where she spent five years following a three-year stint as an associate in Ropes & Gray’s Boston office.

Covington & Burling, which opened an office in Beijing in 2008, is in the process of obtaining its licence to open a second China office in Shanghai.

In February 2012, the firm took on a five-lawyer team from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (9 February 2012). Two of the five lawyers, partner Eva Wang and senior of counsel Carmen Chang, are currently based in Beijing and will join Li in Shanghai once the new office is opened.