Akin Gump names new Beijing chief

Akin Gump has named corporate partner William Rosoff as head of its Beijing office, replacing international trade partner Spencer Griffith who will relocated back to the firm’s Washington DC office.

Rosoff, who becomes partner in charge of the office, joins from the New York office of Cozen O’Connor after a three-year stint. Previously, he was a partner with Davis Polk & Wardwell and O’Melveny & Myers in New York. He also served as senior vice president and general counsel of Marsh & McLennan Companies.

Rosoff’s practice primarily focuses on M&A transactions, and also includes general corporate and infrastructure projects and transactions.

The latest appointment is another evidence of Akin Gump’s intention to grow its corporate and M&A practice in Greater China. The Beijing office, which was opened in 2007, traditionally focused on regulatory and international trade matters. Earlier this year, the firm opened a new office in Hong Kong with the hire of former Shearman & Sterling M&A partner Gregory Puff (20 February 2012).

Currently, the firm has two partners and four lawyers in Beijing.