Simmons and Clydes hire from King & Wood Mallesons

Simmons & Simmons and Clyde & Co have hired a partner each from King & Wood and Mallesons Stephen Jaques respectively, as King & Wood Mallesons goes live today.

Yongmei Evers Cai, a former partner of King & Wood in Beijing, has joined Simmons as a financial markets partner. Dual qualified in China and England, Cai’s practice focuses on banking, cross-border finance, derivatives, debt capital markets and real estate finance work.

Prior to joining King & Wood in February 2009, she worked at several UK law firms, including Allen & Overy.

Clydes has appointed Lynia Lau as a partner in its energy and infrastructure team in Hong Kong. Lau was previously a special counsel at Mallesons, where she stayed for eight months after joining from Pinsent Masons in August 2011. Prior to starting her private practice career in 2000, she worked in senior management roles at Sinopec and BP Amoco in Hong Kong.

Over the past 20 years, Lau has advised on some of the largest and most complex projects in the region, including advising China’s CNOOC Group on the Gorgon upstream M&A project in Australia and advising the three governments on the multi-billion Hong Kong-Zhuai-Macau Bridge project. She is dual qualified in Hong Kong and England.

Clydes Asia Pacific managing director Michael Parker stated: “China is of immense strategic importance to the firm and our clients. There are tremendous opportunities for energy and infrastructure work across the region and Lynia is critical to our plans.”

In November 2011, DLA Piper hired two partners from Mallesons’ Beijing office (29 November 2011).

The combined King & Wood Mallesons launched today. The first international legal network bringing together a leading Chinese and Western law firm has 380 partners, 1,800 lawyers and 21 offices globally.