11 March 2021

King & Wood Mallesons further strengthens its practice and regional influence with addition of 3 partners

In March 2021, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) China brought on board three new partners: Simon Meng, Elvis Hu and Wang Xin. Leveraging years of experience in cross-border M&A, venture capital and private equity, real estate, dispute resolution and other fields, a solid client base in regional markets, and exploration and dedication in their respective areas of practice, these three partners will not only enable KWM to further enhance its practice and market development in such fields, but also effectively promote the strategic development of regional offices.

Simon Meng, International Partner, Finance & Securities, Shanghai office

Simon Meng focuses on cross-border M&A, new energy (including new energy vehicles, solar energy, wind energy and energy storage) and semiconductor industry. His performance in M&A transactions between Europe/US and China, project cooperation and development, project finance, international transaction negotiations and risk control has earned him wide recognition internationally. Simon has worked in Cleary Gottlieb, a US-based law firm, and Herbert Smith Freehills and Linklaters, both UK-based law firms. He practiced in Paris, New York and Hong Kong SAR, and worked in KWM Shanghai office between 2012 and 2017.

Elvis Hu, Corporate, Shenzhen office

Elvis Hu focuses on corporate matters, especially venture capital and private equity investment, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and foreign direct investment. Elvis handles a large number of venture capital and private equity investment matters every year, providing clients with innovative solutions to their overseas or domestic structures. He also has broad experience in cross-border capital markets, including privatization of US stocks, dismantling of the red chip structure, returning to the A-share market, and listing in Hong Kong or the US. In addition, Elvis also counsels many multinational companies and domestic emerging high-tech enterprises from TMT, education, biomedical and other industries. Prior to joining KWM, Elvis was a partner in the Beijing office of Commerce & Finance Law Offices and Han Kun Law Offices, respectively.

Wang Xin, Dispute Resolution, Chongqing office

Wang Xin focuses on M&A financing, real estate, disposal of non-performing assets, etc. Having been deeply engaged in the southwest legal market for many years, Mr. Wang has accumulated a wealth of experience in advising on real estate development, investment and financing of real estate projects, financial assets M&A, corporate M&A and reorganization, liquidation and disposal of financial claims and debts, dispute settlement involving atypical and defective warranties, dispute resolution & litigation, among others. He joined KWM at the end of 2020 and will be based in the KWM Chongqing office which is set to open soon.

“Simon, welcome back. Elvis and Wang Xin, welcome on board! Throughout the extraordinary 2020, the firm has not only weathered the pandemic, but also maintained a positive momentum of development in many traditional practice areas where we are already in a strong position, and new key economic areas,” said Wang Ling, KWM Managing Partner, “With the steady expansion of regional markets, the firm will continue to redouble its efforts to attract talents. You have been practicing in your respective areas of practice and regional markets for many years. We believe that you will bring tremendous energy to the firm and drive its continuous development.”

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