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Orrick expands China M&A and PE practice


Seasoned M&A practitioner Jinsong (Jeff) Zhang has joined Orrick as a partner in the firm’s M&A and private equity practice.

Zhang joins from King & Wood Mallesons, where he was a partner resident in New York. He previously served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of CITIC Securities USA, a broker-dealer firm registered with the SEC/FINRA, and the US arm of China’s largest full-service investment bank. Jeff will split his time between our Beijing and New York offices.
 
“Having deep experience in the PRC and in the US, Jeff brings a strong set of skills executing cross-border M&A transactions, as well as relationships with the New York banking community that will greatly benefit our clients in China," says Ed Batts, head of Orrick’s Global M&A and Private Equity practice.
 
“We’re very pleased to add a partner of Jeff’s calibre to our growing team. Jeff will be an invaluable resource on the ground in China, helping our clients navigate the US and other international markets, on transactional, as well as regulatory and compliance matters,” adds Xiang Wang, Orrick’s Asia Managing Partner.
 
Zhang has extensive experience representing both Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies in cross-border public and private M&A, tender offers, privatisations, spinoffs and joint ventures. In recent years, he has advised Chinese clients in a variety of sectors including financial institutions, Fintech, technology, real estate and health care in their US-bound transactions. Jeff is also very active in advising Chinese financial institutions on US regulatory and compliance matters. Having practiced for more than a decade in New York, and having served as GC and CCO for CITIC Securities USA, Jeff offers Chinese clients a unique perspective when advising on their transactional and compliance matters in the US.
 
“Orrick offers my clients a global, fully integrated and full-service platform to support their growth into the US and other international markets. I’m excited to collaborate with Xiang Wang and my many new colleagues across Asia, the US, Europe and Africa, and help the firm continue to grow its position as a leading M&A practice,” says Zhang.

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