Two China legal practices make significant appointments

A game of musical chairs as Doug Markel replaces Michael Moser at Freshfields, who has left to take on a new role at O'Melveny & Myers.
In what has been a busy week for PRC legal appointments, two global law firms have announced senior appointments in their respective China practices.

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, partner Doug Markel has been marked for the role of managing partner for China. The appointment became effective at the beginning of the month and will last three years.

He takes on the role in the firmÆs corporate practice in Beijing, where he has already lived for 14 years. To his expanded position, Markel brings specialization in China-related public and private acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, private equity transactions, corporate reorganisations and information technology and media ventures.

Recent experience has included advising Anheuser-Busch on aspects of its takeover of Harbin Brewery, the US companyÆs strategic investment in Tsingtao Brewery and Warburg Pincus and Citic CapitalÆs private equity investment in Harbin Pharmaceutical.

He replaces Michael Moser, who has just been appointed partner and co-head of OÆMelveny and Myers China practice. Moser will split his time between the firmÆs Hong Kong and Beijing offices and work closely with Howard Chao, co-head of its China practice.

Like Markel, Moser is a fluent Mandarin speaker and has practiced in the region for over 25 years. His legal expertise includes advising on mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, technology licensing and corporate restructuring. Over his career, Moser has also accumulated experience in international dispute resolution, with an emphasis on settlement of business disputes between Chinese and foreign entities.
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