Simpson Thacher snares M&A specialist for Beijing launch

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has announced plans to launch on China’s mainland after raiding local law firm Fangda Partners for a new recruit.

The firm is set to apply to the Chinese Ministry of Justice for the registration of a Beijing office after it poached Beijing-based M&A partner Shaolin Luo to establish its operations in the capital.

Luo has been recruited as a counsel in Beijing. Prior to joining Fangda, he was an associate in Shearman & Sterling‘s Beijing office. Simpson Thacher chairman Pete Ruegger said the appointment would develop the firm’s M&A capabilities in China.

In addition to hiring Luo, Simpson Thacher has also boosted its Asian presence by snaring Shearman capital markets partner Leiming Chen, who will join the Hong Kong office.