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Allen & Overy further expands its China corporate practice with the appointment of Wayne Lee

12 December 2016

Joining from Shearman & Sterling, Wayne has extensive experience advising private equity and investment funds, including pension and sovereign wealth funds. He also has a solid track record of advising Chinese private companies and state-owned enterprises on cross-border M&A and investment transactions. 

Wayne’s appointment as a partner in the Shanghai office follows that of Lina Lee and Jonathan Hsui as partners in Hong Kong focusing on equity capital markets and M&A as well as China debt capital markets partner Alex Tao and regulatory partner Charlotte Robins.

Richard Browne, global co-head of Corporate said: “The growth of our China corporate practice is one of our key strategic priorities globally, particularly given the continued demand for legal advice on complex, cross-border transactions. Wayne’s deep understanding of and familiarity with both Chinese and international clients, along with his Chinese language skills, will make him a valuable addition to our practice in China.”

Richard Kim, China managing partner, said: “Cross-border M&A into and out of China remains active. We are very excited to have Wayne join our team and his arrival will strengthen our M&A and private equity capabilities, servicing both our international and Chinese clients”.

Wayne graduated from the University of Melbourne, B. Com. (Hons), LL.B. He is admitted to practise in the State of New York and is also qualified in Victoria, Australia. Wayne speaks fluent English, Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese Chinese and has lived and worked in Greater China for over 15 years.

For further information, please contact Nadine Gibbon, and on +852 2974 7090 or Rebecca Hooper, and on +44 203 088 2152.

Notes for Editors:

  1. Allen & Overy is an international legal practice with approximately 5200 people, including some 530 partners, working in 44 offices worldwide.
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  3. The term 'partner’ is used to refer to a member of Allen & Overy LLP or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications or an individual with equivalent status in one of Allen & Overy LLP’s affiliated undertakings.