China’s Han Kun Law Offices has recruited a corporate partner from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.
Duan Min was most recently a Beijing partner with the Philadelphia-based firm. Duan gives Chinese regulations advice to foreign investors on issues ranging from transactions, taxation, employment and intellectual property licensing.
The office led by Chang, an intellectual property specialist, had a strong focus on startups and the tech sector. But Chang left the firm last year and joined Taiwan’s Senhwa Biosciences Inc. as general counsel. And Morgan Lewis shifted to a broader corporate practice in China following its merger with Bingham McCutchen, which brought to the firm partner Ye Xiaowei, a veteran corporate lawyer and also a niece of the late Chinese top leader Marshal Ye Jianying . This year, the firm also expanded its Beijing office by adding corporate and employment lawyers from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and Simmons & Simmons .
Duan’s experience working with the tech and venture capital sectors aligns with Han Kun’s strength in those fields. Joining with Duan is Beijing corporate partner He Yanlei, who was most recently an in-house lawyer for Microsoft Online, formerly known as MSN China. The Chinese joint venture was closed last year . He had practiced with Allen & Overy, White & Case, and King & Wood before going in-house in 2009.
Han Kun has doubled its lawyer head count to more than 200 over the last two years . The firm has also branched out beyond the tech sector, adding focuses on antitrust, aviation finance, employment law and foreign direct investment practices. Earlier this year, Han Kun hired former White & Case China head Li Xiaoming as a partner. Beijing-based Han Kun has 40 partners in four offices: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.