Half a dozen lawyers from Troutman Sanders’ Asian offices—Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai—have joined Big Four auditor EY’s legal services arm as the Atlanta-based firm prepares to close the offices by the end of May.
Corporate partner Rossana Chu joins EY Law’s Hong Kong member firm, LC Lawyers, as co-managing partner from Troutman’s Hong Kong office. Chu arrives alongside energy partner Lynia Lau and two corporate associates. Lau was most recently a consultant with Troutman Sanders; she joined the U.S. firm last year from Stephenson Harwood, where she led the Asia energy and resources practice; before that, she was chief representative for Clyde & Co‘s Beijing office.
Chu, who will co-lead the firm with Harry Lin, specializes in mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions. During her four-year stint at Troutman, she led the firm on Fullshare Holdings Ltd.’s $2.1 billion acquisition of China High Speed Transmission Equipment Group Co. Ltd. in 2016.
Before Troutman, Chu was a partner at Baker McKenzie and was with the firm for almost 12 years—six as a partner.
Former Shanghai partner Chengfei Ding joins EY Law’s Shanghai member firm, EY Law Firm, as a corporate partner. In 2016, he led the Troutman team on Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group Co.’s $1.3 billion acquisition of Gland Pharma. Prior to Troutman, Ding was a Beijing-based special counsel at Baker McKenzie.
In Beijing, an associate from Troutman’s energy practice joins EY Law Firm’s office in the Chinese capital.
The former Troutman lawyers will bring international firm experience to the EY Law firms. This is especially true for the Hong Kong member firm, as most of its 12 lawyers are from local firms or in-house legal departments.
LC Lawyers, which was rebranded from Lin and Associates after Chu joined, was launched in 2015. Chu said she planned to expand the Hong Kong office head count to 30 people by the end of 2019.
EY Law Firm, formerly known as Chen & Co, was established in 1998 and was incorporated into EY Law’s network in 2014. The two firms—LC Lawyers and EY Law Firm—formed an association with each other in 2016.
By now, most of the lawyers from Troutman’s Asia offices have found new homes. From the Hong Kong office, corporate partner Jason Kuo joined Paul Hastings and corporate partner Shirley Lau launched a local firm—Shirley Lau & Co.—which entered an association with CMS. Disputes partner Ronald Sum joined Locke Lord as East Asia head of arbitration. Former Hong Kong managing partner Eric Szweda has joined Shenzhen-based manufacturer Polygroup Ltd. as general counsel, according to a profile on LinkedIn.*
*Correction 6/1: A previous version of this story reported that former Troutman Sanders Hong Kong managing partner Eric Szweda would stay with the firm in the U.S. Szweda has in fact joined Polygroup Ltd. as general counsel on June 1. The last paragraph of this story has been modified to reflect that.