Baker McKenzie’s Chinese associate firm FenXun Partners has recruited a new partner in Beijing.
Zhong Gang joins the firm from Sinobridge PRC Lawyers, a boutique firm specializing in antitrust work. Zhong’s practice focuses on advising foreign investors on structure investment transactions and operations in China. He also represents clients on court litigation and arbitrations in China.
With Zhong’s arrival, FenXun now has 10 partners between its Beijing and Shanghai offices. The number of partners has doubled over the past two years—since both firms launched the Baker McKenzie FenXun joint operation office in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
Earlier this year, the Chinese firm also made two senior hires. In July, FenXun recruited dispute resolution counsel Li Haifeng. Li was most recently the general counsel for state-owned China National Agrochemical Corp., a subsidiary of China National Chemical Corp., or ChemChina. Li led the in-house legal team at ChemChina on its $43 billion acquisition of Swiss agribusiness company Syngenta AG. He joined ChemChina in 2015 from Global Law Office where he was a disputes partner.
In May, FenXun hired international tax director Abe Zhao from Chinese smartphone maker Technologies Co. Ltd., where he headed the company’s global tax strategy. Before that, Zhao led the China tax team at Amazon.
Since 2015, FenXun has been partnering with Baker McKenzie in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone following a policy greenlight in 2014 that allowed joint operations between Chinese and foreign law firms. Founded in 2009, FenXun is a Beijing-based boutique firm that focuses on cross-border transactions and disputes work.