HSF’s Shanghai M&A partner quits for Mayer Brown JSM

Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) corporate and M&A partner Betty Tam has quit the firm to join Mayer Brown JSM as a partner in Shanghai.

Tam is the only corporate partner based in HSF’s Shanghai office. Following her departure, the office will be home to just two dispute resolution partners, Brenda Horrigan and May Tai. 

The move follows the appointment of arbitration partner Justin D’Agostino as managing partner for Greater China after the retirement of incumbent Andrew Tortoishell (14 March 2013).

HSF has two offices in mainland China and a third in Hong Kong. The Beijing base is home to five partners including Tai, who splits her time with the Shanghai office.

Last June, HSF lost long-serving corporate and M&A partner Simon Meng to King & Wood Mallesons in Shanghai (25 June 2012).

Tam has over 12 years of experience advising on cross-border M&A and foreign direct investment matters in China. She is also experienced in the PRC infrastructure projects including power plants, water and wastewater treatment projects.

In addition to the appointment in Shanghai, Mayer Brown JSM has also added a consultant in its Beijing office with the hire of corporate finance lawyer Li Guoqiang from Beijing-based PRC firm Jingtian & Gongcheng. Li has advised many issuers and underwriters on IPOs in Hong Kong and China.