LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has hired Lovells' Beijing managing attorney to head its office in the city.
Associate Ingrid Zhu-Clark headed the Lovells' office in Beijing for three years and has substantial expertise in insurance and energy work. She joins LeBoeuf as a partner. Zhu-Clark's expertise has included working on the first foreign purchase of power plants in China. LeBoeuf received its law licence three years ago and has serviced clients with a small local presence and visits from senior US lawyers. James Woods, chief representative to China, said: "We've not been in a rush to set up our tent there. We wanted to do it right." Zhu-Clark is the firm's first partner based exclusively in Beijing. She is expected to bring business with her, and counts large pharmaceutical and insurance companies among her clients. Lovells responded to its loss with the appointment of Robert Lewis. Lewis commented that with China's entry to the World Trade Organisation imminent, the market has matured to a point where it is possible for overseas firms to make a significant impact.