A&O strengthens China practice

Shanghai office boosted by the arrival of two heavyweight partners.

Allen Overy is positioning itself to take advantage of a boom in China-related advisory services with the expansion of its Shanghai office. Simon Black will move up from Hong Kong to become managing partner, Xiaowei Ye has switched to Shanghai from the Beijing office and two additional associates will also join the office.

Black is an English-qualified lawyer specializing in banking and projects advice for clients in the energy and infrastructure industries. During his seven-year stint in the firm's Hong Kong office he has advised on several key transactions in China, including the recent $4.3 billion Nanhai petrochemical project, the joint venture between CNOOC and Shell, the Chengdu water project and the Shandong...

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