Vinson & Elkins China reshuffle continues as two partners move to Europe

Vinson & Elkins is relocating Beijing-based energy partners Paul Deemer and Rob Patterson to London and Moscow respectively in a further reduction of its Chinese capabilities.

The relocations follow the firm’s decision in July to close its Shanghai office (12 July 2013). The two partner moves will furthur reduce Vinson & Elkins’ China presence to six partners across Beijing and Hong Kong.

Deemer is a veteran energy partner in China, where he has been based since 2002. He was previously based in Vinson & Elkins’ London office for 18 years and was one of the partners in charge of opening in Moscow in 1991 and Beijing in 1997 (25 March 1997). He is currently a member of the firm’s China practice committee.

Patterson joined Vinson & Elkins in 2000 and became a partner in 2004. He moved to Moscow in 2006 to assume the role of office co-managing partner, and relocated to Beijing in 2010.

Vinson & Elkins international Asia coordinator Jay Cuclis said: “Given the increasing cross-border work and client requests of our Asia practice, Paul Deemer and Rob Patterson will soon return to firm offices where they previously practiced.

“They will both continue to actively represent clients on Asia-related energy deals while assisting with additional client demands in those offices.”

For more insights into international firms’ evolving businesses in China, see this week’s cover feature – The China Paradox.