Eversheds launches in Beijing with Morgan Lewis and Uria hires

Eversheds is set to open its Beijing office with two new hires.

Ingrid Zhu-Clark
Ingrid Zhu-Clark

The new office is due to open on 20 May with energy specialist Ingrid Zhu-Clarke as managing partner following her resignation as co-managing partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Beijing (14 May 2013).

She will be joined by cross-border M&A specialist and former Uria Menendez special counsel Jay Ze. Concentrating on state-owned enterprises, global companies and investments banks, Ze will focus on developing inbound and outbound opportunities in China as the Beijing-based partner in Eversheds’ global M&A team.

Eversheds managing partner Stephen Kitts said in a statement:
 “In the past five years, since the launch of our first office in the region, Asia has been a significant and growing market for Eversheds.”

The appointments follow a recent spate of oil and gas hires ast Eversheds including corporate head of international oil and gas in London Greg Hammond, who joined from Akin Gump in February, corporate projects partner in Qatar Dani Kabbani, who was formerly in-house at Qatar Petroleum, and Hussein Haeri, an international arbitration group principal associate based in Paris.

Eversheds was granted a license to practice in Beijing in September 2012 (14 September 2012) and and had intended to open in December 2012 under the leadership of Nick Seddon who joined the firm to head the Asia region but left earlier this year as part of a strategic restructuring.