Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati today announced that Weiheng Chen has joined the firm as a partner in the corporate and securities practice, and as co-head of the China practice.
In recent years, Chen has been involved in some of the most significant M&A and capital markets transactions involving Chinese companies. With vast experience in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets, he will add significant strength in the private equity and M&A arenas to the firm’s on-the-ground China team and collaborate with the firm’s U.S.-based attorneys on cross-border transactions. He will also work closely with Carmen Chang, who heads the firm’s China practice, to establish an office in Hong Kong in the coming months.
According to today’s press release at the firm’s site, CEO Steve Bochner was quoted as saying: “Carmen and her team have done a remarkable job in expanding and solidifying the firm’s presence in Asia and growing our China practice. Now, with the continuing globalization of capital markets, the migration of many clients’ operations to China, the increasing cross-border transaction volume between China and the U.S., and the thriving Chinese business climate, we’re even more excited about the opportunities the region offers. Opening an office in Hong Kong — a leading global capital market and one of China’s key business centers — is the logical next step, and Weiheng is the perfect partner to help Carmen lead the charge.”
Chen joins from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy’s Hong Kong and Beijing offices, where he amassed substantial experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, capital markets, and joint ventures. He is a native Mandarin speaker and graduate of Harvard Law School and Beijing University Law School.
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