Winston turns to Cadwalader to fill Beijing chief role

Winston & Strawn has poached three corporate lawyers, including new Beijing managing partner Jem Li, from US rival Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.

He will be joined by corporate associates Haihang Zhang and Na Wang. Li has been practising in China since 2004, acting on in-bound and out-bound M&A with clients including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, IBM, and Merrill Lynch. His Chinese clients have included Agriculture Bank of China, China National Aviation Fuel Group, Jinchuan Group and Nuctech Company.

Winston & Strawn managing partner Thomas Fitzgerald said: “China clearly plays an important role to our strategic vision of expanding the firm’s footprint in Asia and we’re excited about the opportunity to provide even stronger service to our clients there. We expect to continue our strategic expansion on a global basis – and in regions widely viewed as having the greatest growth opportunities for the firm as well as its corporate clientele.”

Li added: “I joined Winston because of its growing international presence and global platform for cross-border transactional practices like mine, and its strong commitment to the China legal service market.  I look forward to capitalising on the firm’s reputation in Europe and the United States in serving our clients.”