White & Case has added a corporate partner in Beijing.
Andre Zhu, who regularly advises on cross-border mergers and acquisitions involving private equity investors, was most recently counsel with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in the Chinese capital.
Last year Zhu was part of the Skadden team that advised a special committee at Chinese game developer Kongzhong Corp. on the company’s planned $300 million privatization and delisting from Nasdaq. He also advised Shandong Hongda Mining Co. Ltd. on a $300 million acquisition of U.K. game developer Jagex Ltd.
Zhu had been counsel with Skadden in 2015 and practiced with Baker McKenzie earlier in his career.
In January, White & Case lost its China head of 12 years, Li Xiaoming, to Chinese firm Han Kun Law Offices. The New York firm then tapped Shanghai-based China corporate head Alex Zhang as new leader of its mainland offices. Zhang joined White & Case in 2011 from Jones Day to spearhead an M&A practice. In 2016, White & Case also recruited former Linklaters Hong Kong partner Christopher Kelly as Asia head of M&A.
[This article was originally published by international.law.com]