Davis Wang, a former China country head at Simmons & Simmons, has left the firm to become a co-founder of a new corporate advisory shop with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
Wang had been Simmons & Simmons’ China head since 2012, when he took over from Hong Kong partner Paul Li after Li became head of Asia at the British firm. A former China in-house lawyer for eBay Inc. and Microsoft Corp., Wang specializes in advising technology, media and telecommunications companies on investments and operations in China.
A former partner at King & Wood, where he specialized in investment matters, Wang left the legacy Chinese firm in 2010 to launch a Beijing office for Simmons & Simmons. Beijing-based partner Eric Lin has now been named the new head of the latter’s office in the Chinese capital, whereas Simmons & Simmons’ Shanghai office will now be overseen by the Hong Kong-based Li.
Last month, Simmons & Simmons hired former Hogan Lovells corporate partner Michael Chin in Shanghai for its office in Hong Kong. Earlier this year, Simmons & Simmons saw a five-lawyer employment law team led by former Shanghai partner Leslie Ligorner decamp for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.
Wang is the latest senior lawyer to move on from Big Law in Asia.
In January, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s former Asia managing partner Gregory Puff left the firm to become CEO of Hong Kong-based app developer uFO Ordering Services. In 2015, Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ former China practice head Steven Xiang resigned from the firm to become CEO of Hong Kong-listed film production and distribution company Huanxi Media Group Ltd.