Australian firm Minter Ellison has hired a partner each from US firm Winston & Strawn and Gide Loyrette Nouel to strengthen its Greater China capability.
Minter Ellison has appointed Jem Li, former managing partner of Winston & Strawn’s Beijing office, as a partner in Beijing. Li is a New York qualified corporate lawyer who has been practising in China for 10 years.
The second new partner Rebecca Silli joins from French firm Gide’s Hong Kong office, where she was the former managing partner. Silli is an experienced projects and infrastructure lawyer and was made up in 2006 when Gide opened its office in Hong Kong (30 May 2006).
“Asia will continue to play an increasingly important role in the global economy. It’s where the greatest growth opportunities are for our firm and for our corporate clients,” said Melbourne managing partner Mark Green,who is also respomsible for international offices. Green added that the firm has a strategic focus in Asia, with cross-border M&A, energy and resources, infrastructure and inbound and outbound investment being the key areas.
Li will join Minter Ellison on 2 December while Silli will start at the firm on 6 January 2014.
In a push to beef up its Asia practice, the firm relocated London-based financial partner Nigel Clark to Beijing last February (2 May 2012).
According to Winston & Strawn’s website, the firm only has one associate in Beijing following Li’s departure. Gide will have two partners and three associates in Hong Kong.