Pinsent Masons adds Beijing infrastructure partner

Pinsent Masons has added to its Asian infrastructure group with the hire of Formosan Brothers construction and disputes partner Helena Chen in Beijing.

Chen joined today (7 April) from the Taiwanese firm, where she founded the construction team in 2002. She is the latest in a string of hires to the firm’s Asia offices.

At the beginning of the year Pinsents appointed Philipp Senff, former head of SJ Berwin’s Shanghai office, in addition to a three-partner corporate team from Singaporean firm KhattarWong. The firm also launched a TMT practice in Singapore during 2013 (6 January 2014).

At the end of the year the firm also took on Maddocks chief executive David Rennick to lead a review of growth opportunities in Australia. An Australia launch would build on the firm’s existing presence in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing (3 December 2013).

Chen’s appointment is the latest addition to the global infrastructure partner team. In the latest round of partner promotions it made up new infrastructure and construction disputes partners Jonathan Collier in Qatar and Michelle Li in China.

Chen has made a name for herself in international construction arbitration. She is an arbitrator listed on the panels of several of the main international arbitration courts, vice-chair of the Mediation Center of the Chinese Arbitration Association, Taipei, and an associate mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre. She also previously worked with legacy King & Wood in Beijing and Guangzhou.