In yet another example of a Chinese law firm nabbing an experienced lawyer from a global firm, JunHe has recruited former Latham & Watkins corporate associate Chris Tang as a partner in Hong Kong.
Tang specializes in U.S. law, debt capital markets deals, and mergers and acquisitions. Last year, he advised China Southern Power Grid International Finance Co. Ltd.’s on a $1.5 billion two-tranche debt offer on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
He joined Latham & Watkins in 2014 after earning an LL.M. from the Northwestern University School of Law the same year. Before that, he practiced with the Chinese firm Jingtian & Gongcheng for three years.
JunHe’s hire of Tang follows a typical pattern adopted by Chinese firms in which domestic firms recruit associates and counsel from global firms by offering a faster track to partnership. Last year, Haiwen & Partners hired former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton associate Max Hua as a partner in its new Hong Kong office, which was launched by former Latham & Watkins counsel Lu Guiping.
Although Latham & Watkins has experienced some defections in Hong Kong, it also has made hires. For example, it rehired securities partner Benjamin Su from Kirkland & Ellis earlier this year.
With the arrival of Tang, JunHe now has 10 partners in Hong Kong, according to its website. In January, former Hong Kong corporate partner Adam Cheng left for Beijing-based AnJie Law Firm; Cheng joined the firm in 2016 from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom where he was counsel.