New Additions to Haynes and Boone Shanghai and Houston Offices Create Critical Mass for Cross-Border Greater China Legal Work


SHANGHAI and HOUSTON – Haynes and Boone, LLP continues expanding the legal resources available to clients involved in Greater China cross-border transactions with the addition of a six-member team, including two seasoned partners – one in Shanghai and the other in Houston.

Joining Partner Liza Mark in Shanghai and Partner Yan Zhang, who splits time between Shanghai and Palo Alto, the firm welcomes new Shanghai office Partner Louis Meng and new Houston-based Partner Frank S. Wu

Three associates and a legal consultant with experience in Shanghai and Greater China – Nancy Tsui Chung, Gary Xin Li, James Zhang and Miles Pan – also join Haynes and Boone. 

“These moves help position our firm to take advantage of China’s place in the global economy, particularly with interactions between Greater China and North and South America,” said Haynes and Boone Managing Partner Terry Conner. “Domestically, our focus will be on Texas, California and New York. Greater China is becoming increasingly active in cross-border technology, energy and real estate matters, so we wanted to ensure our firm is equipped to handle the resulting increase of cross-border matters involving Greater China.” 

The addition of the group also expands the firm’s capabilities in cross-border work between Greater China entities and those in Latin America, said Albert Tan, board member and co-chair of the firm’s International Practice Group. “As China and countries in Latin America continue to solidify regional relationships, we believe that such increased engagement will lead to greater commerce between China and countries in Latin America and the need for expertise to facilitate execution of transactions and resolutions of disputes involving companies operating in those countries,” Tan said. “Members of this new team will complement our existing lawyers in our International Practice Group to serve our clients involving these growing regions.” 

Wu, a partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, has extensive experience representing energy, biotechnology, pipeline, technology and health care companies in connection with general corporate, stock and asset transactions, corporate finance, debt restructuring, venture capital transactions and contract matters. He will co-chair the Greater China Practice Group and has experience representing Asian companies acquiring assets in the U.S. with an emphasis on outbound transactions from Asia into the thriving U.S. energy market. He comes to the firm with extensive experience in representing major public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and public and private offerings of securities. 

“This is an exciting time to be moving to a firm like Haynes and Boone, which is well-positioned to take advantage of the heightened interest in purchases in the U.S. and Latin America by key Greater China-based enterprises,” Wu said. “Activity is picking up across all sectors, and we believe energy and technology in particular will continue to command significant client attention in the long term.” 

Meng, meanwhile, will leverage more than 20 years of Greater China experience to serve clients in both inbound and outbound work. Meng, also a partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice, will help co-lead the firm’s Asia Practice from Shanghai. His practice focuses on advising clients on a wide range of business and corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, emerging growth, alternative and initial public offerings, fund formation, foreign direct investments and joint ventures, distressed property and non-performing loan transactions, real estate finance, direct selling, structured finance and other cross-border corporate transactions. 

Over the years, Meng has advised Western, Chinese and multinational public and private companies, financial institutions, emerging growth companies, investment banks, asset managers, PE and VC funds, LPs and GPs, and hedge funds. Louis has also assisted many Chinese, Taiwanese and Singapore companies doing business in the United States and elsewhere. He has advised them on raising capital overseas through public offerings and private placements and acquiring international assets and technologies through licensing and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. 

“Haynes and Boone’s highly regarded relationships with corporations and private equity, VC and hedge funds in diverse industries make the firm an ideal match for my team and its Greater China experience,” Meng said. “With the firm roots in Texas and growing presence in New York, California and Latin America, we anticipate multiple synergies will evolve between the firm’s current clients and our China-based clients and prospective clients seeking to broaden their horizons.” 

The Shanghai-based associates making the move to Haynes and Boone include Chung, who was born and educated in Brazil and will co-head the Brazil/Latin America Desk in China. She has more than ten years of experience in both China and Latin America. Her main areas of practice are cross-border M&A, foreign investments, corporate restructuring and energy projects, with a focus on the oil and gas sector and cross-border transactions involving Latin America. Chung is a licensed attorney in Brazil. Prior to joining Haynes and Boone, LLP, Chung worked in leading law firms in Shanghai and Sao Paulo. At the latter she developed a China Desk to assist Chinese multinationals on corporate matters and investments in Brazil. 

Associate James Zhang is being added to the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. He has advised multinational and private equity clients on their businesses in China, including real estate development, acquisition, lease, disposition and related real estate transactions and M&A, restructuring, regulatory, and dispute resolution. James is licensed to practice law in New York and China and has worked at leading international law firms in Beijing, Shanghai and Amsterdam. 

Finally, Li joins as an associate and Pan as a legal consultant in the Capital Markets and Securities Practice Group and the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group, respectively. Prior to joining Haynes and Boone, both Li and Pan worked at leading PRC law firms in Shanghai, providing comprehensive range of legal services to both domestic and international clients.

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