O’Melveny acquires Freshfields former China head

LA-based O’Melveny & Myers has bagged the former head of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s China practise.

Michael Moser retired from Freshfields’ partnership to be replaced by New York-qualified M&A specialist Douglas Markel, as revealed by The Lawyer (27 February). He will now co-head O’Melveny’s Asia practise, alongside current head Howard Chao.

He will work from the firm’s Hong Kong and Beijing offices. Moser has practiced in Asia for 25 years. His experience includes advising on M&A, foreign direct investment, technology licensing, and corporate restructuring. He also has experience resolving disputes between Chinese and foreign businesses.

Moser joined Freshfields in December 1999, after being poached from Baker & McKenzie, where he headed the firm’s China practice.

Moser is a member of the panel of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), and vice-chairman of the Governing Council of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.

He was made vice chairman of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) in 2004, and was the first foreign national to be appointed an arbitrator in mainland China.