Minneapolis-based Fredrikson & Byron has added a partner-level hire in Shanghai.
Sharon Shi has been hired as an officer, which the firm says is equivalent to a salaried partner. She was formerly general counsel at Shanghai Environment Group Co. Ltd., a joint venture between Houston-based Waste Management Inc. and state-owned infrastructure company Shanghai Chengtou Corp.
Shi will advise foreign companies on transactions and regulatory compliance in China, with a particular focus on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues.
Before going in-house last June, Shi was the London-based head of Eversheds’ China desk. She had joined the firm in 2006 and became a partner in 2011. Earlier in her career, she worked at Heller Ehrman in Hong Kong and Shanghai International Economic & Trade Law Office in Shanghai.
Shi’s arrival at Fredrikson & Byron follows recent departure of former office head Gentry Sayad, who left last month for the Shanghai office of Atlanta-based Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. The five-lawyer office is now headed by Shanghai-based officer Robert Oberlies, who joined the firm last December from Vinson & Elkins.
Globally, the firm has 275 lawyers in five offices.