Sidley Austin hires China IPO lawyer from Kirkland

The Chicago-based law firm expands its corporate finance business in China, tapping veteran Lu Mengyu from rival Kirkand.

Sidley Austin has hired Lu Mengyu as a partner in its Beijing office where she will focus on advising mainland Chinese companies with Hong Kong listing ambitions, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

Lu joined the Chicago-based law’s corporate finance unit this month from Kirkand Ellis, where she spent four years before she was promoted to partner last year. During her career with Kirkland, she advised on a number of equity deals, including China Galaxy Securities $3.1 billion share sale in April.

The China Galaxy deal appeared to have been well timed, arriving as the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock markets had rallied to seven-year...

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