Bingham McCutchen LLP has expanded its operations in China with the arrival of Fred Chang, who will join its Beijing office as a partner.
Chang, a former co-founding partner of the PRC firm of FenXun Partners, advises global financial institutions and multinationals on investments and acquisitions in China, and related regulatory and compliance matters. He has extensive experience in buy-side M&A as well as financing transactions for banks, institutional investors and funds. In addition, Chang is active in acquisition finance, project finance, structured finance and asset-based finance, and he has advised on pre-IPO finance, PIPE deals (private investment in public equity) and numerous private equity matters (both the structuring of private equity funds, and buyout deals for industrial corporations).
“A large part of our growth strategy in Asia is adding market-leading practitioners that drive value for clients,” said Brian Beglin, co-managing partner of Bingham’s Beijing office. “The addition of Fred aligns perfectly with this strategy. We are delighted to have him join and look forward to working with him to build on our strengths in Asia.”
With a mix of Chinese and international clients, Bingham’s Beijing office is strategically positioned to serve both multinationals investing in China, and Chinese companies expanding abroad. Through Bingham Consulting, the office also offers clients government relations and crisis management expertise, and strategic guidance on the public policy aspects of trade and investment as well as complex, regulatory and enforcement matters.
“Fred’s addition to our Beijing office comes at a key time in Asia’s dynamic financial landscape and will greatly benefit our clients,” said Xiaowei Ye, Beijing office co-managing partner. “As Chinese outbound activity and the development of complex financial markets continue to rise, we expect increased activity for financial intermediaries — Fred’s skillset complements these developments well.”
Chang’s arrival also demonstrates Bingham’s continued investment in building out its capabilities in Asia for clients facing the increasingly complex challenges of the global business landscape.
“I am excited to join the Beijing office,” said Chang. “I look forward to helping expand the firm’s offerings throughout the region, and to working with the deep bench of world-class professionals at Bingham and Bingham Consulting.”
In addition to his work at FenXun, Chang was a partner at Lovells (now known as Hogan Lovells) and White & Case in Beijing. He also served as executive director and counsel for Goldman Sachs and general counsel and head of compliance for Asia at Deutsche Bank in Singapore. He is a frequent speaker on M&A and related compliance and operational issues as well as banking and finance topics (Dodd-Frank, OTC derivatives, Basel III, China market access).
Chang earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1982 and his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1986. He is a member of the New York state bar.
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