Freshfields snaps up last ex-Dewey Beijing partner

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed former Dewey & LeBoeuf Beijing partner Yuan Gang as China head of energy and natural resources.

Yuan joins Freshfields as a counsel based in the firm’s Beijing office. He is one of the four partners who worked in the Beijing office of now defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf. Yuan’s practice focuses on energy and resources related corporate and regulatory work. He has regularly been involved in the cross-border transactions of state-owned Chinese energy and resources companies.

Yuan will work closely with the newly expanded energy team, the firm said, which includes newly joined partners Gavin MacLaren in South East Asia and Mark Plenderleith in Tokyo (12 April 2012).

Freshfields Asia managing partner Robert Ashworth said the appointment was another step in building out the firm’s energy and resources capability in Asia.

“As China’s demand for energy continues to grow, Gang will lead Freshfields’ work in assisting our Chinese energy and natural resources clients fulfil their overseas ambitions, from M&A and joint ventures to the development of international energy projects,” Ashworth said in a statement.

Yuan is the last former-Dewey partner to have signed up to a new firm. Most recently, Yuan’s fellow Dewey partner Lan Tao has joined White & Case as a local partner in Beijing. Dirk Walker joined King & Wood Mallesons in June (7 June 2012), while the firm’s Beijing managing partner Ingrid-Zhu Clark landed a top role at Morgan Lewis’s Beijing office in May (31 May 2012).