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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has hired former Clifford Chance counsel Hao Su as a corporate partner in Beijing.

Su specializes in cross-border M&A deals. Last year, he was part of a team that advised state-owned oil producer China National Petroleum Corp. on its investment in a $4.8 billion gas project in Iran, the country’s first foreign oil and gas contract signed since international economic sanctions were lifted in 2016. (The Trump administration reimposed its own sanctions on Iran earlier this year.)

Clifford Chance hired Su a year ago from Herbert Smith Freehills, where he had practiced for a decade, most recently as a senior associate. Su is the latest in a string of hires across Asia by Morgan Lewis, which has also been busy growing stateside in recent months.

Just last week, the Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm recruited two senior lawyers from Simmons & Simmons as partners in Singapore and Hong Kong. Morgan Lewis has been particularly active in Hong Kong, where the firm hired at least 13 partners last year, 11 from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and one each from Winston & Strawn and Chinese firm Fangda Partners.

In Shanghai, Morgan Lewis took over Dentons’ legacy Shanghai office of 23 lawyers, including five partners, in 2016. And in Singapore, Morgan Lewis merged with the Stamford Law Corp. in 2015—the first such combination between an international firm and a local firm in the closely regulated city-state.

Morgan Lewis did take a hit this summer when two Japan-focused partners left its offices in New York and Washington, D.C., to join Mayer Brown. Including its 10-lawyer office in Tokyo, Morgan Lewis now has about 45 partners in Asia.

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