Washington D.C.-based Covington & Burling has hired a new partner for its planned Shanghai office.
 
Weishi Li, formerly a partner with U.K. firm  Bird & Bird in Shanghai, focuses on the life sciences and technology industries, advising on intellectual property issues, strategic alliances, and joint ventures.
 
Li joined Bird & Bird as a partner in 2010. Prior to that, she was a counsel in the Shanghai office of O’Melveny & Myers from 2005. She worked as an associate in Boston with Ropes & Gray for three years before joining O’Melveny.
 
Covington & Burling first announced plans to open a Shanghai office in February, when it hired five lawyers from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Shanghai office. Two of the five lawyers, including corporate and securities partner Eva Wang, will be based in Shanghai with Li. The remaining three lawyers will be based in Silicon Valley.
 
The firm, which is awaiting Chinese government permission, hopes to open in Shanghai later this year. Li and the other Shanghai-bound lawyers will work in Covington’s Beijing office in the meantime.
 
Email: jseah@alm.com .