King & Wood Mallesons has added a new partner in Beijing.
Steven Toronto joins from the National Basketball Association, where he had been the Beijing-based general counsel of the league’s China operations.
King & Wood Mallesons has not made an official announcement about recruiting Toronto, but a source familiar with the matter confirmed the move. Toronto and a firm spokesman were not immediately available for comment.
During his time in private practice, Toronto advised Chinese companies, particularly in the technology space, on their public offerings in the United States. His new role at King & Wood Mallesons was unclear at press time.
Toronto first joined the NBA in 2009 from Morrison & Foerster, where he had been Beijing managing partner for nine years. Prior to that, he was a partner at the now defunct Coudert Brothers, also in Beijing. Toronto worked for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto before moving to China in 1994 to join Coudert Brothers.
King & Wood Mallesons has about 1,200 lawyers in China, including just under 200 partners. Following its newly announced tie-up with U.K. firm SJ Berwin, which is effective from Nov. 1, the firm will employ over 2,700 lawyers in China, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.