Eversheds’ former China chief heads to Shanghai for GC role

Eversheds’ former head of China (EMEA) in London Sharon Shi has moved to Shanghai to take up a general counsel position.

Shi joined Eversheds in London as an associate in 2006 alongside the firm’s first Asia opening in Shanghai that year and worked her way up to the firm’s partnership in 2011 (12 April 2011). She later became head of its China desk in London, but frequently traveled to the Shanghai office.

Shi has left the firm to join Shanghai Environment Group as general counsel and chief compliance officer. She heads the company’s in-house legal department, which consists of four legal and compliance lawyers and four counsel focusing on environmental, health, and safety. It operates a large number of solid waste projects across China.

The group is a subsidiary of Shanghai Chengtou Holding, an expanding state-owned water utility and infrastructure conglomerate based in Shanghai.

In 2009, Houston-based Waste Management acquired a 40 per cent stake in Shanghai Environment Group for $140m. King & Wood Mallesons’ Shanghai office advised the US investor in the transaction. Most recently, Shanghai Environment Group instructed the Shanghai office of Chinese firm King & Capital to advise on its Rmb400m bond issuance last year.

Eversheds’ China team has experienced a wave of changes in recent months. In February, the firm appointed long-serving partner Stephen Kitts as the new Asia managing partner to succeed Nick Seddon who left the firm as part of its planned Asia management restructuring (5 February 2013).

In May, it launched long-planned Beijing office with the hire of energy specialist Ingrid Zhu-Clarke as managing partner following her resignation as co-managing partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Beijing (17 May 2013).

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