Michael Hickman, the former Shanghai office head for both Simmons & Simmons and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, has joined Chinese law firm Haiwen & Partners.

Most recently a senior counsel in Simmons & Simmons’ Beijing office, Hickman will work as an international partner in Beijing-based Haiwen’s Shanghai office. He advises on joint ventures, foreign direct investment deals, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Hickman has had senior roles in the China practices of several international law firms. He began his legal career at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York and was a partner in that firm’s Hong Kong office before moving to the Shanghai office of U.K.-based Simmons & Simmons in 2002.

He served as head of that firm’s Shanghai office until 2006, when he and a number of other partners left to join Fried Frank. In 2008, Hickman moved to Dechert, where he was a partner in the firm’s Beijing office. He rejoined Simmons & Simmons in 2010.

Haiwen is a corporate boutique firm with around 100 lawyers working in Beijing and Shanghai.