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DLA Piper’s Hong Kong corporate partner Esther Leung has left to join Chinese firm Jun He, a month after a team of four moved to Winston & Strawn.
Leung has joined Jun He’s Hong Kong office a corporate partner. Her practice focuses on IPOs, public M&A transactions and employment law. She joined DLA Piper in 2006 as a partner from legacy Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques’ Hong Kong office (6 November 2006).
Her departure comes shortly after a team of four corporate lawyers led by former Asia corporate head Mabel Lui moved to Winston & Strawn (2 May 2014).
DLA Piper has been undergoing major strategic changes in Asia. At the end of last year, it unveiled a major overhaul of its management structure in Asia in a bid to increase the integration between the Asia offices and its US partnership (18 December 2013).
In addition, the latest partner move reflects the growing presence of Chinese firms in Hong Kong as they hire more lawyers and partners from international rivals. Apart from Jun He, Fangda and Zhong Lun have also been recruiting from international firms in Hong Kong.