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Herbert Smith Freehills has hired three projects partners in China from Pinsent Masons, including the British firm’s China head Hew Kian Heong.

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Anna Zhang

Anna Zhang is based in Hong Kong, where she writes about the business of law and legal issues in Asia and Australia.

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<div> <div> Herbert Smith Freehills has <a href="http://www.herbertsmithfreehills.com/news/herbert-smith-freehills-hires-three-new-projects-and-disputes-partners-in-china-herbert-smith"> hired three projects partners in China</a> from Pinsent Masons, including the British firm���s China head Hew Kian Heong. The other Pinsent Masons partners headed to the Anglo-Australian legal giant are Asia project finance leader Ellen Zhang and partner Michelle Li. Heong, who specializes in China-related construction and infrastructure disputes, had led Pinsent Masons��� China practice since 2014 and previously led the firm���s Shanghai office where he is based. He joined Pinsent Masons, <a href="http://www.international.law.com/id=1202797808417">which recently ended its six-year alliance</a> with Chinese construction boutique Beijing Hesen, in 1995. Zhang, who advises both development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects, joined Pinsent Masons in 2003 and became a partner a decade later. She is based in Beijing. Hong Kong-qualified Li had trained with Pinsent Masons in 2001 and made partner at the firm in 2014. She splits her time between Beijing and Shanghai. Justin D���Agostino, <a href="http://www.law.com/sites/legalweek/2017/09/05/herbert-smith-freehills-appoints-first-new-york-corporate-partner-with-mofo-hire/"> who earlier this month was named</a> Herbert Smith Freehills��� managing partner for Asia as the London-based firm picked up its first corporate partner in New York in Morrison &amp; Foerster���s James Robinson, said that the three new China hires will help his firm win projects work as the country���s trade and economic growth development campaign, ���<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2017-china-belt-and-road-initiative/">Belt and Road</a>,��� progresses. ���The massive scale of the Belt and Road initiative is generating huge numbers of infrastructure projects across Asia and beyond���and every new project also has the potential for complex disputes,��� D���Agostino said. The Belt and Road campaign, which has <a href="http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/2094135/belt-and-road-deals-conjure-legal-risks-chinas-lenders"> generated a variety of work</a> for <a href="http://www.scmp.com/specialreports/business/topics/one-belt-one-road/article/2041878/law-firms-gear-serve-clients"> law firms advising clients in the region</a>, was coined by Chinese President Xi Jinping in order to create a China-centered trade and economic network in areas that cover central, south and southeast Asia, the Middle East and Russia. Herbert Smith Freehills��� additions in China come after the firm <a href="http://www.legalweek.com/sites/legalweek/2017/09/20/cms-boosts-paris-office-with-12-strong-herbert-smith-freehills-real-estate-team/"> watched a 12-lawyer real estate team leave its Paris office</a> earlier this week for CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre, a French arm of the CMS legal network, as noted by sibling publication Legal Week. Herbert Smith Freehills also recently saw Julia Pyke, head of its power and renewables group, <a href="http://www.legalweek.com/sites/legalweek/2017/09/07/herbert-smith-freehills-head-of-power-and-renewables-quits-to-join-key-client-edf/"> leave the firm���s London office to become general counsel</a> at French energy giant ��lectricit�� de France S.A. <a href="http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202574296553/Herbert-Smith-Freehills-Latest-Firm-to-Join-Ranks-of-Global-Giants"> Formed via a cross-border combination in 2012</a>, Herbert Smith Freehills recently <a href="http://www.australasianlawyer.com.au/news/herbert-smith-freehills-celebrates-important-milestone-240771.aspx"> celebrated the 20th anniversary of an important milestone</a> in its history, <a href="http://www.businessnews.com.au/article/From-the-vault-Parkers-Freehills-merge"> a 1997 merger</a> between two top law firms in the Western Australian city of Perth that helped form legacy Freehills. </div> </div> <

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