O’Melveny & Myers has recruited corporate partner Li Han in Hong Kong, bringing the number of partners in the firm’s Hong Kong office to eight.
Han was most recently group general counsel for Singapore-based investment firm Shanda Group Pte. Ltd., a venture owned and run by Chinese billionaire Chen Tianqiao. She has worked on big-ticket mergers and acquisitions, capital-raising transactions, and venture and private equity investments, according to a press release.
“She is well-known and well-connected in the entrepreneur, investment and finance communities, and she will enhance our delivery of business-oriented counseling to our clients,” said O’Melveny chair Bradley Butwin.
Han, a Chinese native, joined Shanda in 2011 from Davis Polk & Wardwell, where she practiced as an associate in Hong Kong. Earlier in her career, she practiced with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York.
Chen’s Shanda has been a longtime client of O’Melveny’s. The firm advised Chen’s internet game developer, Shanda Interactive Entertainment Ltd., on a $156 million Nasdaq listing in 2004. Shanda Interactive was delisted and taken private by Chen in 2015.
Han will be the eighth partner at O’Melveny in Hong Kong. In 2016, the firm hired Hong Kong capital markets partner Edwin Kwok from Paul Hastings. Former Hong Kong corporate partner Gigi Woo left last year to launch a local legal practice for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
In February, Hong Kong-based Kwok and Beijing partner Ke Geng acted for the underwriters on state-owned Sinopec Oilfield Service Corp.’s $1.2 billion share offer in Hong Kong and Shanghai.