Mayer Brown JSM bulks up Beijing as Singapore base opens  

Mayer Brown JSM has added two lawyers to its Beijing office on the same day its new Singapore base officially opens.

Nancy Chang, who until now has been a deputy division head of the Anti-Monopoly Bureau at China’s Ministry of Commerce, joins the firm as government relations advisor while Zhen Han joins as a corporate consultant.

Han, who is admitted in New York, joins from Baker & McKenzie, where she has was an associate and gained exposure to inbound and outbound mining projects as well as foreign investments in China.

Chang is gained experience in reviewing cross-border M&A transactions and anti-trust cases during her time with the bureau, which is responsible for merger reviews in China.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong partners Kevin Owen and Alastair MacAulay have relocated to Singapore to run the firm’s new office there. The launch was first announced in June this year (30 June 2011).

Mayer Brown JSM has been bulking up its senior-level non-partner ranks in Asia with lateral hires over the past month. The new additions include: aviation finance consultant Stuart Miller in Hong Kong, who joined from Simmons & Simmons in London; litigation consultant Bill Amos in Hong Kong, who joined from Ince & Co; and head of shipping in Singapore San San Peh, who joined from Watson Farley & Williams.