White & Case turns to Jones Day for hire of Shanghai head

White & Case has hired partner Alex Zhang from Jones Day to head its Shanghai office and China corporate and M&A practice.

Zhang has over 20 years of experience in advising both international and Chinese clients on China-related matters, particularly in Chinese M&A, corporate and private equity.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2004, Zhang served as the co-chair of Dorsey & Whitney’s Asia practice group in Shanghai.

He has advised on a number of transactions in 2011, including the sale of a majority interest in CITIC Pharmaceutical and China Health System to Shanghai Pharmaceutical, which is the largest M&A transaction to date in China’s pharmaceutical product sector.

Li Xiaoming, head of the firm’s China practice, said in a statement:  “Clients are increasingly expecting the international firms in China to have senior Mandarin-speaking lawyers with strong international experience leading their M&A transactions.

“Zhang, having worked in the US, Hong Kong and China, adds considerable strength to our growing China team at a very senior level.”